Coaches & Players talk changes in fall practice rules


Every Southern California high school football team is in pads now, but that wasn’t the case for the first three days of fall practice.

Safety rules have been implemented statewide requiring teams to only wear helmets during the first 72 hours of fall camps.  In addition, coaches and players are balancing a California Interscholastic Federation rule that limits practice to 18 hours a week with only two 90-minute full contact practices.

We spoke with coaches and players at San Clemente, Santa Margarita and Tesoro last week.  All said that they’re still getting used to the changes.

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