New coaches are the hot story in high school football, as Section 1 schools hit the field for the first practices of the 2016 season on a day where temperatures will near 90 degrees and the humidity will make it feel almost 100 degrees outside.
Josh Thomson reported earlier that Irvington would do a film session and would not practice outdoors due to the heat, and around Section 1, many teams aren’t on the field or taking precautions to protect athletes from heat-related illness.
The NYSPHSAA has set rules regarding practice in hot weather based on the heat index as measured by accuweather.com. At 11:20 a.m. Monday, it was 82 degrees in White Plains, but the heat index was 94. When the heat index is between 91 and 95, players are not allowed to practice in protective equipment other than helmets. If the heat index rises to 96 or above, outside practices are not permitted.
Thomson (follow him on twitter @lohudinsider) will be in Nyack, where the Indians are hitting the field for the first time under new head coach Dominic DeMatteo. He’ll also make stops at Croton and Irvington.
Mike Zacchio (@Zacchio_Lohud) is visiting Hastings, which has combined its program with Clark Academy. They’re trying to rebuild under new coach Anthony Fiorelli. He’ll be visiting Ardsley later in the day.
Vincent Z. Mercogliano (@vzmercogliano) is in White Plains, where the Tigers will be introducing a new system under new head coach Mike Lindberg. He’ll also be snapchatting on the @lohud account from practice at White Plains and Byram Hills, where he’ll stop later in the day.
Up in Mahopac, Nancy Haggerty (@HaggertyNancy) will be visiting the Indians’ first practice under Mark Langella, who takes over as head coach after retiring as a coordinator two years ago. Afterwards, she’ll be stopping by Putnam Valley.