May 19, 2014
New safety regulations will limit full-contact practice times for high school football players.
This upcoming season, the state's public high school football players will be limited to a maximum of 90 minutes of full-contact practice per week. The Virginia High School League's executive committee made the decision.
But according to some of our local coaches...that is still more than they do now. Monticello High School practices about 40-45 minutes fill contact per week. Coach Eric Sherry at Charlottesville High School says they were also already compliant. He says they at the most they practice 60 minutes full contact a week.
Monticello High School coach Jeff Woody says gone are the days when players spent two hours a day in full contact practice.
"The glory days, way back in the day, there were coaches [that said] we’re going to do full contact football two hours every day and we're going to be tough."
He believes the current balance helps keep the players in good form and safe.
"It benefits you in the long haul. I mean your team stays healthy, you win more games, and you reach the goal."
Both coaches credit the changing awareness of sports safety with how they guide their teams. Virginia is one of the first states to adopt the rule.