Schools cancel or postpone outdoor activities, including football, for Wednesday

Henry County Public Schools has canceled all outdoor activities, including football practice, for Wednesday. The decision was made by assistant superintendent Rodney Bowler.

It is sizzling temperatures in the Atlanta area on Wednesday, with the heat index expected to reach 107 degrees.

Two Georgia high school football players died on Tuesday in two separate incidents, one from Locust Grove High School and another from Fitzgerald High School. Doctor believe that Locust Grove offensive lineman Forest Jones, 16, may have had a heat stroke or heat exhaustion before his death, according to his family. To read more, click here

Other weather-related closings on Wednesday:

  • Cobb County Schools have canceled all outdoor activities between 12-6 p.m. until further notice due to “the extreme heat index.”
  • Clayton County Schools canceled football practice today. Said Drew High School athletics director and football coach Jarrett Laws: “They will notify us as to our future practice availability.  I’ve made a personal decision to practice in top shells and shorts in order to assist in the kids care.”
  • Decatur High School canceled all outdoor practices between 12-6 p.m. “in light of the current heat index.”
  • Cherokee County Schools canceled outdoor activities from 12-6 p.m. “due to the anticipated high heat index … Athletic practices, band practices and other outdoor extracurricular activities are to be moved indoors; or, these may be conducted after 6:00 PM (with close adherence to the School District’s protocols for extreme weather conditions). Coaches/Sponsors are to review and carefully adhere to procedures and guidelines for extreme weather conditions. The use of web bulbs, frequent hydration of participants and close monitoring of weather conditions and participants is imperative.”
  • Paulding County Schools postponed all outdoor activities until after 6 p.m. on both Wednesday and Thursday.
  • Atlanta Public Schools have banned all outdoor activities until after 6 p.m. for Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.

Do you know of any cancellations? If so, please post below or email rcox@ajc.com

21 comments Add your comment

Ramona

August 3rd, 2011
3:00 pm

I am outraged at Norcross High Football as they are having their players to play in this heat at 1pm this week with these temperatures. My son is busting his butt and the coaches I feel just don’t care. Not one bit while I worry. I hate football and players laughing about cracking head. I don’t want my son out there, but I don’t want him to hate me either or not get the opportunity to play. Why does it have to be position or death!!!!!

Summer Football

August 3rd, 2011
3:13 pm

The blood from these kids is in the hands of the people that made the football season start in August.IDOITS

Too early

August 3rd, 2011
3:27 pm

The reason they start so early is that the GHSA wants to have this massive playoff systen and needs half of November and all of December to pull it off and rake in the bucks.

Greed at the expense of the kids.

Hollywould

August 3rd, 2011
3:39 pm

C’Mon, we used to do 2 a days in August. Some may have thrown up but no one died. The problem is these kids stay in the AC all the time and then think they can come out and play football right off the bat. We were always outside and got used to the weather.

former player

August 3rd, 2011
3:59 pm

Football camp in this state has always started in August and is not a new thing. Scheduling plays no part as well because games still start and end on the calendar as they have for over the last 30 years. As someone mentioned above it is because kids are not use to the heat. However, this year the heat is a little more extreme than years past. Later practice times or early morning practice times can help beat the heat until September when hopefully we can get back to more normal temperatures. It would also help if coaches would be a little more lenient with the water breaks during extreme heat such as this.

Corey

August 3rd, 2011
4:02 pm

Hall County has suspended activities from 12 p.m. – 6 p.m. as well.

Amy

August 3rd, 2011
4:11 pm

I don’t mind having practices. We need it if we want to win BUT why not have outside practice at 6am – 9am, when it is cooler, then inside for play reviews and weight training to be completed by 12:00.
Over the years football has remained the same, same equipment, same training but what has changed is 20 years ago school started in September not the 1st of August. Average temps in Aug are hotter than September and it is true our children do not spend as mush time outside as we did. My opinion is the high school football season should start later and wrap up in January, similar to the NFL. And there should not be any practice allowed in the heat of the day.

billy

August 3rd, 2011
4:19 pm

Ramona you sound like Brent Grimes’ wife

Golden Talon

August 3rd, 2011
4:28 pm

Something has definitely changed.

We practiced throughout August (2 and 3-a-days) with temps in the high 90’s and I do not remember people falling out like this, or hearing about it on the news from other areas of the state. Those practices included lots of physical conditioning and running. In addition, they gave us no water to hydrate during practice. One thing’s for sure. I started working out in the heat in June to get ready for the hell I knew was coming in August.

It could be that today’s player is not as acclimated to heat conditions, or possibly their physical size (many of the linemen are ALOT bigger now) contributes to the problem. Whatever it is, they need to figure it out.

Hit A Single

August 3rd, 2011
4:42 pm

Heat will always be an issue. Some years are worse than others. My thoughts and prayers go out to the families of the two young men that passed away. I would like to see GHSA mandate practices from 7:00 to 9:00 in the morning. If you wanted to start before 7:00 would be up to you. Afternoon practices would be from 7:00 to 9:00. One practice in pads and the other one in shoulder pads and helmets. Also there would be no weight lifting if you practice twice. Now if you wanted to use the morning session or evening session for weightlifting that would be up to you. A good coach can get it done in those two sessions. These mid day practices to work on special teams should be eliminated. Also all these supplements these kids are taking should be really monitered. There are alot of these supplements out there that are not safe. Creatine is one of them. But once again my condolences to the families at Locust Grove and Fitzgerald. These two young men were out there wanting to represent themselves, their families, their schools and their communities. They were definitely heros.

Icepack

August 3rd, 2011
5:26 pm

There is no rationale that justifies the danger to young men. One dead from heat is too many, three in the first days of blistering summer is an outrage. Any blustering/blubbering about the tough times previous footballers may put forth is inane and criminal BS. This is an air-conditioned world and the nights earlier player spent wishing they had a fan is now replaced by climate control bedrooms and cooled classrooms. You don’t out-tough heat. I played in the heat, I coached in the heat and I walked away eventually when I watched middle-schoolers running brinksmanship right up to the edges of collapse. The first two dead Marines I saw in my wars were heat casualties. Casualties due to heat in combat were reported as death in combat, in many cases they outpaced deaths to boobie traps and rifle fire.

Even the Marine Corps had a flag system for training. Red flag for stop physical activity, Black Flag for go indoors and hydrate.

No kid should die for football. I love the game and it has been a huge part of my life…but it doesn’t have any call to kill some one with heat. Not in an era of Air Conditioned Americana.

Casual Observer

August 3rd, 2011
6:35 pm

Amazing how things change in a matter of years. I graduated at Grayson in 2010 and played football all 4 years. The week before school starting back was reserved for what we called “marathon week” practice Mon-Wed 3pm-10pm. And then Camp (essentially the same thing) from Thur-Sat. I dont want to hear any of you concerned parents place blame on coaches as a whole. I can remember practicing when it was so hot you could see the heat waves in FULL PADS. Heat index well over 100 degrees. Yes we had breaks and we had fruit and plenty of meals that week, are weights were monitored before and after every practice if anyone showed any signs of exhaustion they were pulled and carefully monitored. For those ignorant few who think the coaches just work your precious babies to death, you are mistaken. I assume you haven’t seen the fear in those coaches eyes as they watch someone show the signs of a heat stroke. In the south especially these men preach hydration and preparation and it is up to the players to take heed outside of practice. And parents, remember your sons signed up for this, it might be just oh so horrible now, but I remember going through those weeks of hell with my brothers and coming out a man at the end of it all.

Observer

August 3rd, 2011
6:36 pm

Hollywould is correct. When I played football in August (MANY years ago) it was just as hot but we were used to it because we spent our lives outdoors. In this day and age you have to pry a kid away from his video games to get any exercise. The problem here is NOT the coaches – it’s the kids for not training properly and the parents for not getting their kids outside more.

some sense

August 3rd, 2011
6:43 pm

Ramona is fool.

Hit A Single

August 3rd, 2011
8:24 pm

I wonder why we feel we have to blame someone. Everybody involved is going thru feelings that no one should have to go thru. Blaming someone will not help anything. Let’s evaluate the situations and try to take preventions so it may not happen again. Blaming someone does no good.

Barnaby Jones

August 3rd, 2011
11:19 pm

Bunch of dumb redneck hicks if you ask me..

Coaches and Parents. If it’s 107 degrees outside and high humidity, people who exert themselves will DIE. The cooling system of the body will not work because the sweat cannot evaporate due to the high humidity levels in the air. With no way to cool down, the body temp will increase dramatically and systems shut down….Hydration may not be enough for some of these kids because their sweat isn’t evaporating, so they aren’t cooling. What they need to do is get out of the heat.

But the arrogant coaches and “driven” parents push these kids until they die. They should pull the kids out of practice to save their lives. They are just to ignorant and or stupid to use common sense…

I hope they get sued into oblivion for this along with criminal negligence charges levied. If you’re a parent of a HS player reading this, get them out of the heat….

FOOTBALL SISTER, MOM & WIFE

August 4th, 2011
8:43 am

WOW!!!!

I have lived with football my whole life beginning in CENTRAL FLORIDA where the GEORGIA weather can’t hold a candle to. CASUAL OBSERVER got it right — THE BLAME BEGINS AT HOME!!!!! My brother and husband had 2 & 3 a-days. Morning practice, break, weight & film, break, afternoon practice. Breaks, weight & film were all inside. They even took naps in the gym after the lunch break. The coaches have more training here on the heat than most of the country. So what does that tell YOU PARENTS who have no training.
1. BE RESPONSIBLE FOR YOUR CHILD’S HEALTH.
2. LEARN MORE ABOUT FOOTBALL OR OUTSIDE SPORTS.
3. BE ACTIVE ON AND OFF THE FIELD

Ozone

August 4th, 2011
8:59 am

Maybe the lack of ozone has contributed to the dangers this generation is facing.

Barnaby Jones

August 4th, 2011
12:09 pm

I’m certain it’s because they are a bunch of dumb, egotistical rednecks.

Get your kids off the field. They are in severe danger of death or permanent brain damage.

Your a DAMN FOOL if you don’t heed these warnings…..A DAMN FOOL..

Chip L

August 6th, 2011
8:04 am

All you folks talking about 20 and 30 years ago are forgetting a very simple fact. 20 or 30 years ago, kids played OUTSIDE, and were accustomed and aclimated to the hot temperatures. Kids today are inside on the computer in 74 degrees all day, all night. Then you put them on a 100+ degree football field for hours on end and wonder why they can’t handle it?

Stop worrying about winning and making money off of children. Start considering their total well being. Kids today are treated like animals for our pleasure. And then we wonder where their anger comes from?

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August 14th, 2011
5:20 pm

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