WIAA Approves New Football Practice Contact Rules

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The WIAA voted unanimously Thursday to enact new player contact rules during high school football practices.

The regulations will take effect this fall and address the issue of the dangers of head injuries.

During the meeting in Stevens Point, the Board of Control ruled player on player contact was defined into five types using existing definitions: air, bags, wrap, thud, and live/full.

The five types of contact were divided into two categories: Drill (air, bags, and wrap) contact and Competition/Full (thud & live/full) contact.

Drill contact is unlimited during the practices.

Competition/Full is limited to none the first week of practice, 75 minutes the second week of practice, and 60 minutes the third week of practice and beyond.

Click here to view the new rules.

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