** 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.