Live-Contact

**  The NCAA is recommending Division I football programs conduct only one “live-contact” practice each week.  The previous guidelines suggested two such practices per week; the new guidelines were announced last week and be in effect this season (2016).  They are not enforceable rules.

**  Live practices usually feature full-speed blocking and tackling to the ground.

**  Players who do not participate in a game in a given week are allowed an extra contact practice the following week.

**  The Ivy League is banning all live tackling in practice this season (See yesterday’s post), and even FBS teams haven’t recently been doing much of it.

**  The steps are being taken to make a physical, often violent game a bit safer for those who play it.  And you can’t argue with that, even if old-school coaches from earlier days are fidgeting, if not rolling, in their graves.

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