Beware of the heat index, especially if you’re trying out for a New Haven High School fall sports team.

The school’s three teams, girls volleyball, softball and cross country, all have a policy of moving practice start times back to 7 p.m. if the heat index is above 95 degrees.

Prospective athletes are asked to play close attention to the conditions as practices start Monday.

The team has a new athletic director this year with Jaime Hoener replacing Ray Steinhoff. Hoener remains the school’s varsity volleyball coach.

The softball team also has a new leader this season as Doug Peirick moves up from assistant coach to head coach, replacing Tim Scheer.

John Tucker remains the cross country head coach.

Prospective athletes need to have a completed physical on file before being allowed to practice. With a new MSHSAA rule, physicals are good for two years from the date they were completed.

For additional questions, please contact Hoener at

Practices for the varsity teams start Monday.

Information follows:

• Volleyball — Hoener said tryouts will start Monday, Aug. 12, from 3:15-5:45 p.m.

Should the heat index be over 95 degrees, tryouts will be moved back to 7 p.m.

• Cross Country — The coed program will hold its first practice Monday, Aug. 12, at 3 p.m. Practice will start at the City Park upper pavilion. 

Should the heat index be above 95 degrees, the practice will start at 7 p.m.

• Softball — Practice will be held at Lions Field and prospects are asked to bring water. The first practice is planned from 3-5 p.m. but if the heat index is above 95 degrees, it will be pushed back to 7 p.m.

Middle School Sports

Additionally, the school offers two middle school programs in cross country and girls basketball.

The cross country team will be led by Jared Pruessner and will start practice Monday, Aug. 19, at 3 p.m.

There will be a meeting when school begins.

The middle school girls basketball team is being coached by Austin Peirick and will start with an open gym at the elementary school Aug. 16 from 3-4:30 p.m.

Practices will be held at the elementary school starting Aug. 19 from 3-5 p.m.