Days before it arrived, forecasters were warning that potentially dangerous heat was on the way and several sports leagues across the metro used social media to send out information to make sure that athletes stayed safe.
The boys of summer certainly got a taste of the sun on Wednesday with temperatures climbing into the low 90s, but the heat index meant it felt more like 100.
For players like Prior Lake catcher CJ Bunkers, the sticky sweat that is all but inevitable can cause problems.
"It's hard to throw the ball back to the pitcher without it slipping in your hands," he said.
That's why the coaches refused to let the catchers stay behind the plate for more than two innings in a row. In between shifts, the boys soak down with wet towels and re required to hydrate.
Playing soccer in sweltering heat can make a game become grueling, and Jonathan Tudar of the CC United Soccer Club says strict guidelines are followed on these hot days. There's a 2-minute mandatory water break during each half, and it was clear the players needed it.
While it is the responsibility of coaches and parents to keep players hydrated, referees dictate the play. They are trained to recognize the signs of heat exhaustion and heat stroke, and they have the authority to pull a player.