NCAA discuss limits to full-contact practices


According to a report by CBSSports, NCAA officials and high-ranking health officials had collaborative discussions in January over the possibility of limiting full-contact practices in college football.

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Currently, there is no limit to how many in-season practices are contact versus non-contact. The meeting revolved around the Pac-12 and Ivy League’s current structure – their own initiative – of limiting full-padded practices to only two days per week, put in place just one season. The results of the limitations are not yet known.

The main agenda of the meeting was obviously reducing head trauma, which has become the primary health concern in football, and at least 65 players have sued the NCAA over the handling of concussions.

The NCAA currently has a limit that only eight of the 15 spring practices can be full contact, but there is currently no limit on in-season practices. However it’s hard to imagine many coaches exceeding two full-contact practices currently. There’s too much at risk, especially teams that have experienced injuries like Florida and Georgia this past season. Regardless of the beliefs coaches have about the amount of full-contact practices, coaches are bull-headed and do not want to be told what to do and how to police their team. But if a coach doesn’t like the way his team is tackling, he wants to be able to have as many contact practices as he feels is necessary, especially during a bye week.

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The report stated practice guidelines as a result of the discussions are expected by early summer.

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  • I have some new rule suggestions as well:
    1. All players must be fully wrapped in bubble wrap to cushion falls.
    2. All players must walk, not run. This will keep players from getting exhausted.
    3. Two hand touch only. Tackling or pushing is an automatic, non reviewable ejection.
    4. An automatic timeout after every play to let everybody rest and drink water.
    5. Shorten the games to five minute quarters. The less time on the field, the safer things are.
    6. If any player feels tired, he can stop the play so he can rest.
    7. If any ref feels that the game is too dangerous he can end the game immediately.

    Come on people, these new rules suggestions are getting out of hand and trying to be passed as “player safety.” Football is a dangerous game and nobody wants to see anybody get hurt, but it is going to happen. The sooner people realize this,the better.

  • In the name of “player safety”, Saban wants to slow down up-tempo offenses. However, I suspect he won’t be in favor of this one…..

  • Enforcement could be a problem. This would be another easy thing to study. Recruits should know the injury type and rate of every program.

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