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Heat cancels little league play


EDMOND, Okla. — It’s been a bit of a heat wave in Oklahoma this week with temperatures reaching above 100 degrees.

It’s enough to leave many baseball fields empty.

Parent and coach, Mike Osburn said, “Our first game was canceled for rain, our second game was canceled for heat.”

Across the state, little league teams have been gearing up for a fun season on the field.

With temperatures so high it can be risky; many organizations have made the choice to cancel games.

The Edmond YMCA is one of those.

Chris Berry is the director of sports for the Edmond YMCA.

He spends hot afternoons checking his phone, watching those temperatures.

He said, when it’s hot, prepare your kids ahead of time and come dressed to deal with the heat.

Berry said, “Try and not wear clothes under their jersey and fill up with water before the game.”

In Edmond, they cancel games when the temperature or heat index reaches 105. 

Osburn said, “It does affect them and their excitment level and the way they play. It drags them down a little bit.”

High temperatures are in the forecast for several days to come, which means Berry will continue to keep an eye on things, all in an effort to keep players safe.

He said, “It’s going to be a warm year, hopefully not as warm as last year but we’re taking all the precautions we can to keep everyone safe when they come out to the games.”

In Edmond, they keep water for the players and fans on hot nights so everyone can stay hydrated.

The Edmond YMCA tweets updates about games and weather here.