Extra precautions being taken at baseball tourney due to heat

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Dothan, AL (WSFA) – The city of Dothan is preparing to host baseball teams from all over the Southeast for the Dixie Junior Boys World Series Baseball Tournament.

With temperatures soaring into the triple digits this weekend, the real opponent for the teams will be the heat.

Tournament Directors are taking extra precautions to make sure the players and their fans stay safe.

The first thing teams will notice is that there are fans in every dugout.  They'll also provide water bottles for all the players.

Spectators and teams not playing at the time can keep cool under a large covered pavilion with several large fans.

The concession stand, staffed by the Dothan Miracle League, will offer lots of drinks to keep folks hydrated.

The tournament will also have paramedics on site at all times.

Roy Kitts, Athletic Coordinator for the City of Dothan said, "The fire department will have their EMTs in a climate controlled facility.  They'll be able to bring anybody in, and they can attend to any kind of emergencies.  Coaches will be looking out after their players really well, but we'll have to pick up the slack on parents and kids that aren't in the tournament with the type of heat we're going to have."

Kitts says he doesn't expect any problems—he says it's actually not as hot this year as it has been in years past.

However, he says they're prepared for any kind of emergency both on and off the field.

Opening ceremonies are set for Friday night at 6:00 PM.

The two local teams in the tournament. Dothan and Troy, will play each other Saturday night at 7:00 PM.

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