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In Days ahead

Starting today, the Times Free Press will have a high school football story every day as teams prepare for the season.

Tuesday: Follow along with Stephen Hargis as he tours more than 20 high schools as practice opens.

Wednesday: The Times Free Press starts its Dynamite Dozen countdown with a profile in the Sports section and video at timesfreepress.com.

Before the lights come on Friday nights, high school football practice has to start.

"I know nobody enjoys practice -- coaches or players," first-year Cleveland High coach E.K. Slaughter said. "We all play for those Friday nights."

For Mr. Slaughter and the rest of Tennessee, today marks the first day of full-contact preseason drills. Georgia teams can begin workouts Aug. 1.

"The kids are anxious to get going in pads," LaFayette High coach Perry Swindall said. "The start of camp is always an exciting time."

Excitement will be joined by precautions for the area's programs in regard to practices in the July and August heat.

The Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association installed a policy requiring teams to take mandatory water breaks every 30 minutes if the heat index reaches 95 degrees, and all outdoor activity must be stopped if it goes above 104. The heat index is a calculation of the temperature and relative humidity.

"Hydration is a big factor," Red Bank High School coach Tim Daniels said. "We don't have water breaks because we have water running all the time and the kids can get water any time during practice."

The Georgia High School Association has a similar policy based on the heat index.

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