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Posted: Thursday, July 24, 2014 9:35 am

It seems like it is something that doesn’t need to be talked about, especially in Arizona.

But here it is anyway: Drink your water people.

The temperatures are skyrocketing as football teams starting limbering up for the season as Mountain Pointe gets started on Monday and Desert Vista gets together the following week.

The Pride had one of their offseason workouts canceled on Wednesday because of the heat advisory, but would have practiced if it fell within the four week training camp leading up to the Aug. 23 opener.

There are about 20 Arizona teams beginning next week in preparation for their season opener the same weekend as the Pride.

The projected temperatures for next week sit between 106 and 109 degrees.

The Arizona Interscholastic Association' instituted a heat acclimation bylaw (http://www.aiaonline.org/story/uploads/Article_14_1403805754.pdf) a few years back that helps, but there are still going to be players flirting with dehydration and heat-related illness.

Young players will be trying to impress coaches, while some coaches think the heat creates toughness. Just be smart.

Trainers have to be on their game the next few weeks and keeping a keen eye on the players as they continued to get acclimated to wearing pads a few days into training camp.

Coaches are looking for break out players at this time of the year, waiting for someone to been seen and heard more than anyone else.

Here is hoping the most visible star the next few weeks is water.

Contact writer: (480) 898-7915 or JSkoda@ahwatukee.com. Follow him on Twitter @JSkodaAFN.

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