FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (KNWA/KFTA) — The excessive heat in Northwest Arkansas and the River Valley has caused schools in the area to make adjustments to their sporting events.

The Arkansas Activities Association said in a Facebook post that game times for school athletic events can be adjusted to accommodate the excessive heat.

Extra officials timeouts will be added to events this week to allow everyone time to hydrate during events.

Fort Smith (Northside and Southside) and Bentonville

According to a Facebook post by Fort Smith Public Schools, the school district and Bentonville Public Schools developed a plan for the athletic schedule for August 21 to ensure the safety of students.

The post says the Northside and Southside Junior Varsity football games will be rescheduled to a later date.

Northside and Southside 9th grade football conference games will be held. Kick-off for the 9th-grade games will begin at 7:30 p.m. Both teams will hold mid-quarter breaks in all four quarters and as needed.

The post says dance and cheer teams will not enter the field until kick-off and will follow the same water break schedule as the football teams.

According to the post, bands will not be in attendance at either game and all golf and tennis home matches this week will be rescheduled.


A post made by the Springdale School District says outdoor activities are postponed for August 21 due to the excessive heat.

Alma and Van Buren

Kickoff for Alma and Van Buren’s annual “Battle for the Bone” on August 24 game in Van Buren will be at 8 p.m. instead of 7 p.m. and gates will open at 6 p.m., according to a Facebook post.

Alma’s golf matches against Fort Smith Southside on August 22 and Fort Smith Northside on August 24 have both been canceled due to the heat, according to a Facebook post.

Farmington and Greenbrier

Farmington’s football game against Greenbrier on August 25 has been moved to a 7:30 p.m. start, according to a tweet from Farmington Schools.

Another tweet from Farmington Schools says the school’s home tennis match and the golf match at Big Sugar Golf Club have been postponed indefinitely.