Last Thursday was hot and humid but that didn't stop the Riverview Middle School softball team from holding tryouts for the upcoming season.
More than 15 girls braved the weather to give it their best for head coach Jeff Compton.
Compton said that with the hot weather, safety is a number one priority for his players.
"One of the most important aspects of coaching in Georgia, in my opinion, is safety. When the softball season begins, the weather is very hot and can be potentially dangerous. Staying hydrated is so important," he said.
Compton will begin his eighth season at Riverview Middle this fall. He started coaching in Dawson County in 2004 as an assistant at Dawson County Middle.
In 2005, when Riverview Middle opened, he was named head coach.
This year's team will try and improve on a 5-5 record from last season.
"Last year's team had to fight through several key injuries, but we still had a good year," he said. "I am really excited about this year. I see a well balanced team going into the season. I see many players who can play multiple positions. I also have several pitchers and catchers."
Compton said his goal as a coach is to make sure that his team is always prepared and ready to play.
"Going into any season, I do not think about who will be the team to beat. My goal is to make sure we are ready to compete with anyone," Compton said. "It is early. We just got started last week; however, I am excited for everyone on the team. I see great potential for all the players. I have always believed that if the player has the fundamental skills, you can develop a great softball player."
Assisting Compton this season will be Tina Brady.
According to Compton, the Riverview players follow three rules: Safety, have fun and winning.
"We are going to follow the rules and guidelines and in the process we are going to have fun. In the process of having fun we are going to win games," he said.
Riverview will open the season at 4:30 p.m. Aug. 14 at Pickens County Middle in Jasper.
The Lady Eagles will play their first home game at 4:30 p.m. Aug. 17 against Clear Creek.