Day one in the five day acclimation practices are in the books for Georgia High School Association teams.
Every player must take part in all five practices with their school before they can practice.
New Dougherty High coach Corey Joyner was carrying his wet bulb thermometer and recording readings during practice on a form that will be turned in to the GHSA.
Dougherty and Monroe High both practicing in the morning this week so as not have to worry about the heat.
Other schools will be practicing in the evening wanting to avoid the heat of the middle of the day.
An option teams will not have with schools starting over the next two weeks.
Monroe head coach Charles Truitt said. "Every 15 minutes we take a five minute water break to make sure the kids are hydrated. It is paper work but at the same time it does cover us in case something does happen. We have documentation showing we are doing what we are supposed to be doing to make sure the kids are safe."
Dougherty head coach Corey Joyner said. "I try to record the reading today. I have been recording every ten minutes to see what the different humidity and different wet bulb readings. We have been doing it like every ten minutes today."
Wednesday's practice was the first for new head coach Corey Joyner since he was hired in mid-May.
The delayed hire meant Dougherty players didn't go through spring practice with their new coach who has been an assistant coach with the Trojans.
The former Dougherty High standout says his familiarity with the program is helping the transition.
Corey Joyner said. "A lot of things we are doing, we are just adding on to what we did last year. We are just having more sets and having more formations. Doing things like that. It hasn't been that difficult. Our guys have caught on to it really fast. We are using the same terminology to keep it simple for them."
Dougherty's first game is August 31st against Lee County at Hugh Mills Stadium.
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