Heat wave forcing minor sports schedule changes

Record-breaking temperatures are forcing minor sports organizations to cancel programming or alter scheduling amid the heat.

The Kamloops Youth Soccer Association cancelled afternoon games on Saturday and Sunday for players participating in the community-level wrap-up jamboree.

“The heat was just too high,” KYSA technical director Ciaran McMahon told KTW.

Select-level programs are going ahead, but activities were cancelled on Monday and Tuesday.

“We’re keeping an eye on this Sunday (July 4) to see if we can get a few games in this weekend,” McMahon said. “Earlier games can be scheduled. We’re doing what we can to create a cooler environment.”

Environment Canada is calling for a high of 32 C this Sunday.

The Kamloops Minor Baseball Association has taken a similar approach.

Game times were rescheduled for before noon last weekend, when house league divisions were wrapping up their seasons.

Rep teams cancelled practices this week.

“We’re looking at options of now running our training during the morning hours, between 8 a.m. and 11 a.m., to beat the heat this week,” said Baseball BC president Chris Balison, the KMBA past-president who spoke for the organization on Tuesday.

“Baseball Canada guidelines tell us to begin to consider accommodations once temperatures reach between 35 and 40 degrees. We’re well beyond that.”

The bantam RiverDogs were slated to host games last weekend, but they were postponed.

Play is expected to resume once temperatures recede below 40 C, Balison said.

Environment Canada is forecasting a high of 43 C on Wednesday, with a 40 per cent chance of showers.

The forecast for the remainder of the week: 38 C and sunny on Thursday and Friday and 39 C and sunny on Saturday.

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