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High School Sports Blog

The latest news and analysis on high-school sports around the Seattle area

May 22, 2012 at 10:04 AM

Washington State Football Coaches Association takes a look at offseason safety

The Washington State Football Coaches Association has drafted a proposal that would regulate spring and summer contact for football programs across the state.

According to the WSFCA the proposal, “will benefit both players and coaches in that it creates equality and a safe environment for kids to where schools are all governed under the same guidelines.”

The proposal counters a proposed WIAA amendment that was voted down in April.

Click here for my story on that amendment.

Here is a look at the proposal:

These spring/summer regulations will mirror the fall rules due to concerns of liability.

Three days of helmets only – First three days of spring practice

Days of contact — 12

If teams choose to scrimmage another opponent or go to a team camp, each player participating must have completed:

— Ten days of practice in which the first three days are helmet only and followed by seven days of contact; this allows for an additional five contact days for practice, scrimmage, and/or a team camp.

— Five days of Organized Team Activities (OTA) to be used, at coaches’ discretion, anytime after the first 3 days of helmets only practices and before July 31st. Helmets are the only protective gear allowed. Examples are 7 on 7.

This allows 20 total days with any player that will be in the high school program (incoming 9th-seniors). Weight room, conditioning, and youth camps (up to incoming 8th graders) are excluded from the 20 day rule.

Head football coaches are required to give their summer schedule to their Athletic Director to ensure the practices, scrimmages, team camp and 7 on 7 follows the above guidelines.

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