Soccer dad says Flower Mound camp is too hot for kids




Posted on August 2, 2011 at 10:41 PM

Updated Tuesday, Aug 2 at 10:55 PM

FLOWER MOUND — The blistering heat has not caused any problems yet for a soccer camp being held in Flower Mound this week.

Even so, one angry parent pulled his two sons out of the camp, claiming it should have been canceled or postponed due to the heat wave.

The coaches, who came from Great Britain, learned about Texas heat before they arrived. But they didn't know it would be this bad.

The sessions for the youngest campers — ages three to seven — begin between 5:30 p.m. and 6 p.m. Steven Oxley of Flower Mound said it's just been too hot for the kids.

So he withdrew his two sons, who are five and three. "I just couldn't risk bringing my kids out here to risk heat exhaustion or even heat stroke," Oxley said.

The soccer dad said the company holding camps across the country, Challenger Sports, should have canceled or postponed the North Texas edition.

"With temperatures as hot as it has been all summer, they should have been contemplating an alternative plan," Oxley said.

But camp director Nick Rundell believes his staff is taking proper precautions, keeping the campers hydrated with frequent water and rest breaks.

"When the temperatures are higher, the kids definitely spend more time working with the coaches in the shade, on other parts of the game," Rundell said.

A laser thermometer showed the temperature on the field was only 96 degrees, several degrees cooler than the air temperature and much cooler than the nearby sidewalk, park bench and climbing wall at the playground.

"I expected it to be hot. They're actually doing seven-minute breaks for water. So I'm actually very confident in the way they're handling the situation and the heat," said Lewen Albritton, whose three-year-old son is also attending the camp.

The camp director said while they can't do anything about the weather, they can make sure the kids stay healthy and happy.