The GA-SC Bulls Soccer Club is alerting participating soccer clubs that this weekend will be a hot one; still, the club is expecting a strong turnout and a great competition that will include 160 teams at the 19th annual Aiken Soccer Cup.
The event will be held Saturday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Sunday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thousands are expected to attend.
The Aiken Soccer Cup will be taking place in three different locations both days: the Powderhouse Polo Field located at 820 Powderhouse Road; the Whitney Polo Field located at 420 Mead Ave.; and Winthrop Polo Field located on Sumter Street.
Age groups for the Aiken Soccer Cup will range from 8 and under to 19 and under for boys and from 10 and under to 19 and under for girls.
Matt Kolinoski, one of the coaches of the teams, said the event is free of charge and the group is excited because it will bring hotel sales and other streams of revenue to the area. He added that the event will include food and drinks to ensure everyone stays hydrated and healthy.
“The weather is a concern for us, but we're offering plenty of relief from the sun when the kids aren't playing and food and drinks from our vendors,” Kolinoski said.
The Soccer Cup's website outlines several tips to stay cool, such as adding a little more salt than normal to food, using supplements that contain essential minerals, eating nutrient-rich foods and drinking sports drinks in addition to water.
“Know yourself and modify your plans accordingly. Above all, watch out for each other, watch fellow competitors, fans, spectators, officials and friends for signs of heat exhaustion, heat cramps and heat stroke,” the website advises.
Saturday's temperature is expected to see a high of 100-101 degrees and a low of 74 degrees with a 20 percent chance of rain. Sunday, the temperature is expected to drop with a high of 89 degrees and a low of 69 degrees with a 40 percent chance of rain.
For more information, visit the website at https://ga-scbulls.com.
Derrek Asberry is a beat reporter with the Aiken Standard. He joined the paper in June. He is originally from Vidalia, Ga., and a graduate of Georgia Southern University. Follow him on Twitter @DerrekAsberry.
Weather service warns of high heat
National Weather Service-Columbia forecaster Chris Liscinsky warned that today's high temperature of roughly 100 degrees and Saturday's high temperature of 99 degrees is expected to produce heat indexes of up to 105 degrees. The heat index is measured by the air temperature and relative humidity to determine the human-perceived equivalent temperature, or how hot it feels. High pressure aloft west of South Carolina is moving wind over the Appalachian Mountains, creating compressional heating in the area, according to Liscinsky. “It's really heating things up,” he said. “It will last at least into Saturday.” Those who must be outdoors today and Saturday are urged to stay in the shade as much as possible, drink plenty of water and to wear light-colored clothing. Liscinsky also implored residents not to leave children or pets in cars even if the windows are rolled down.