Boise, Idaho (KBOI) When Southern Idaho experienced Red Air Quality this weekend, it was encouraged that everyone should try and stay indoors. Some youth leagues canceled their games for the day as a precaution. But our sister station still found many who made their way outdoors to play sports.
The smoke around the Treasure Valley was thick but that didn't stop teams like Borah and others from taking the field.
Even with the Red Air Quality, many athletes couldn't wait to get on the field, and coaches say they didn't hear any complaints from parents or players.
Kenny Strauss, Pee Wee Coach says, "by now we are kind of used to smoke i think and so we have had a couple complaints during the practices, but we are pretty used to it by now and we are just playing hard. The kids didn't complain it was a pretty easy day. "
Strauss said his players did fine during the game and even one of his players who suffers from asthma had no complaints.
According to guidelines given to schools.... Athletes in these types of conditions shouldn't spend more than 2 hours of exerting work without a break. But many youth games don't go more than an hour.
Even with the conditions we still found many kids out at the playground and their parents didn't mind the smoke.
"They don't have any problems and I've never heard of keeping the boys inside or the kids inside yet, but I'm all for my boys being outside and playing. "
Others didn't know about the warning and say that it does make them think about getting their kids inside... We even found one mom who suffers from athsma herself, but says they already spent time indoors to get out of the smoke.
"It hasn't been too terrible because we have only been in the area for the last couple of days but we've been inside most of the time. "