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Valdosta's Gillespie 'concerned' about new heat rules

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VALDOSTA, GA (WALB) -

The dog days of summer will get even worse in August as the temperatures are set to average in the mid 90s with the high humidity making it feel even hotter.  It's part of the reason for the GHSA's new rules as it relates to the heat and high school football practices.

Valdosta high head coach Rance Gillespie says he's concerned about the new rules and how his players will adjust.  As a refresher, the new rules state there will be no three-a-day practices allowed.  Two-a-days can no longer be held on consecutive days or exceed five hours a day.

Players also have to go through five days of practice in only helmets, shorts and shirts before going to full pads as early as August 1st and then practices with pads can't last longer than three hours.

Gillespie says it's a huge change that's going to take some adjusting to

"It's a huge concern, it's a big change. Its making some dramatic adjustments to your schedule and it's a good possibility, especially in South Georgia this time of year, that we're going to miss some practices because of the new heat rule so it's a huge concern for us and like you said from both aspects. From being able to have a team prepared and being able to have them physically prepared to match the heat."

Valdosta went 8-3 last season in Gillespie's 2nd year as head coach