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UIL attempting to reduce full-contact practice

Discussion in 'Sports and News' started by NDJournalist, Apr 21, 2013.

  1. NDJournalist

    NDJournalist Active Member

    Long story short, a UIL medical board is attempting to reduce in-season full-contact practice to 90 minutes a week for high school football players in Texas. The rest of the country typically follows Texas with rules implementations, so this could lead to a widescale reduction in tackling in practice. But will this just make things safer, or just lead to more injuries?

  2. Starman

    Starman Well-Known Member

    They probably need to establish some sliding-scale formula which will limit practice time in high temperature/humidity. No more 3-a-day 3-hour sessions in 110-degree heat.

    Which of course will result in every single Podunk high school district in the state deciding they need to spend $500 million on an enclosed, air-conditioned practice facility.
  3. Armchair_QB

    Armchair_QB Well-Known Member

    Pretty sure teams don't do 3-a-days anymore.
  4. Starman

    Starman Well-Known Member

    We talkin about Texas.
  5. MileHigh

    MileHigh Moderator Staff Member

    The rest of the country doesn't typically follow Texas with rules implementations.

    Texas uses NCAA rules. The rest of the country (minus Massachusetts) uses NFHS rules.

    When it comes to something like this, it'd be a state-by-state situation.
  6. Armchair_QB

    Armchair_QB Well-Known Member

    Then we need to know what the fuck we're talking about.


    UIL doesn't allow three-a-days and doesn't allow consecutive days of two-a-days... well, unless you play volleyball.
  7. PeterGibbons

    PeterGibbons Member

    A lot of the coaches that I talked about when this was first discussed said this could eventually lead to more injuries since it would lead to less coaching on how to correctly tackle.

    Others have said they don't usually have more than 2 days of full contact practice during the week anyway. Some said the way their in-season practices work they don't have more than 2 hours of full contact a week, so they may lose 30 minutes
  8. doctorquant

    doctorquant Well-Known Member

    They also are pretty strict about heat ... in those first few weeks (when it's ungodly hot here), my son has to be on the field ready to go at 6:30 a.m.
  9. Bob Cook

    Bob Cook Active Member

    There have been other states that, so far, have unsuccessfully tried to legislate a limit on contact.

    At least as far as I can tell, the hitting is fairly limited in my son's high school football practices. You want to teach tackling, but on the other hand with so many collisions you're going to risk injury even if everyone's technique is perfect.
  10. Armchair_QB

    Armchair_QB Well-Known Member

    Starman's ignorant statement aside, Texas is ahead of the curve on preseason football practice safety at the high school level. They've been using the NCAA preseason model as long as the NCAA has. No back-to-back two-a-day days, four days of acclimatization at the start of camp, etc.

    I wasn't aware the volleyball was allowed to twice a day on consecutive days though. Would love to know why they're exempt.
  11. Football_Bat

    Football_Bat Well-Known Member

    Air conditioning may have something to do with it.
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