Safety changes are coming to spring high school football practice in Tennessee. Beginning in 2020, coaches will start spring practice two-a-days in helmets instead of full pads.
The changes, which were proposed by the Tennessee Football Coaches Association, were approved by the Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association earlier this week.
In addition to the helmets vs. full pads change, below are other changes that were recommended by coaches and approved by the TSSAA.
- Full contact in practice should not occur on three consecutive days.
- Full contact in practice should not last more than 45 minutes per day per group.
- Full contact in practice should not be more than 135 minutes per group.
Tennessee schools are permitted a total of 12 practices in a 15 consecutive day period.