Staying cool on the final night of youth soccer league

By Beau Ebenezer

July 16, 2013 Updated Jul 16, 2013 at 10:15 PM CDT

PEORIA Ill -- The First United Methodist Church in Peoria played through on the final night of their 10-week, free of charge, kids' soccer league.

Plenty of water was on site, with organizers doubling the water-breaks for the 5 to 12-year-old players.

Red cross officials said the priority for a hot day like today, is to stay hydrated.

Parents and coaches of the players said that's just what they did.

"For men they need about three liters of water per day and for women it's about two," said American Red Cross's Erin Miller. "If you are out exercising and you work outside, or you're just someone who's prone to sweating excessively, then you may need to drink more than that"

"We just chased the shade. When we pulled up we were in the shade. When we came across the field, we stayed in the shade," said Peoria soccer dad, Harreld Webster. "It's been a lot cooler in the shade. In the sun, though, it has been killer. You can see some of the kids are just draining and some of the adults are even draining from the temperature."

Red cross officials also advised taking breaks from the heat by going inside an air conditioned building.

Cooling centers are stationed throughout Central Illinois for residents without A-C.