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MHSAA - Football Practice Policies for this Fall

March 26, 2014 10:16 AM

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FOOTBALL PRACTICE POLICIES

Adopted March 21, 2014. Effective August 2014

  1. During the first week of practice of the season, only helmets are allowed the first two days, only shoulder pads may be added on the third and fourth days, and full pads may not be worn until the fifth day of team practice.

  2. Before the first regular-season game, schools may not schedule more than one “collision” practice in a day.

    • A “collision” practice is one in which there is live, game-speed, player-vs.-player contact in pads (not walk-throughs) involving any number of players. This includes practices with scrimmages, drills and simulations where action is live, game-speed, player-vs.-player.

    • If any part of a drill or scrimmage involves live game-speed player-vs.-player contact in pads, it is a collision practice even if players do not execute full tackles at a com- petitive pace that takes players to the ground.

    • During any additional practice sessions that day, players may wear helmets and oth- er pads (neither is mandatory). Blocking and tackling technique may be taught and practiced. However, full-speed contact is limited to players vs. pads, shields, sleds or dummies.

  3. After the first regular-season game, teams may conduct no more than two collision practice days in any week, Monday through Sunday. During other days of practice, players may wear helmets and other protective pads (neither is mandatory). Blocking and tackling technique may be taught and practiced. However, full-speed contact is limited to players vs. pads, shields, sleds or dummies.

  4. No single practice may exceed three hours, and the total practice time for days with mul- tiple practice sessions may not exceed five hours.

Warm-up, stretching, speed and agility drills and cool down are all considered part of practice. Neither strength/weight training activities nor video/classroom sessions are considered practice for the purposes of the three- or five-hour limits.

 

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