Are changes coming to spring and fall practice schedules in Texas?

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In June, the University Interscholastic League‘s Legislative Council will consider changes to practice schedules for 2018 fall camps and 2019 spring practices.

The Star-Telegram is reporting that the UIL Medical Advisory Committee approved a plan that would require teams to begin preseason practices with two days of helmets only followed by three days of practices with only helmets and shoulder pads before beginning full-contact practices. The current rule allows four days of practices with only helmets before going to full contact.

In addition, once contact practices begin in the fall, teams will be limited to 90 minutes of contact per week, which is the same amount that is allowed in-season. And, for the first time, if the new rules are passed, teams will be limited in the amount of contact during spring ball.  Currently there are no limits, but under the proposed rules, teams will only be allowed full-contact for 12 of the 18 practices.

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