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WIAA board passes football practice changesSubmitted: 06/26/2014
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STEVENS POINT - The Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association Board of Control convened for its annual summer meeting and acted on coaches advisory committee recommendations for winter sports and a football player-on-player contact policy that impact the 2014-15 season regulations Thursday.

The Board approved a recommendation supported by the Wisconsin Football Coaches Association, the Sports Medical Advisory Committee and the Executive Staff that places limitations on player-to-player contact that simulates live game action in practices. Player-on-player contact drills are divided into five categories, and limitations are placed on the competition/full contact designations. For the first week of practice, no full contact is permitted. In the second week of practice, full contact is limited to 75 minutes per week, excluding a scrimmage; and for the third week and beyond, 60 minutes of full contact is permitted per week, excluding games.


The Board approved the use of video replay to review and verify questionable goals and to correct the game time at the State Boys and Girls Hockey Tournaments beginning in 2015.

Six of the recommendations made in basketball received Board approval. A six-quarter waiver will be provided to programs that have 12 or fewer players across two levels beginning in 2014-15. Also passed were provisions to increase the number of games for freshman-only teams from 20 to 22 and to allow head coaches of programs in grades 9-12 to use the coaching box.

Beginning with the 2015 tournaments, Division 5 teams will now have the same provision as Division 4 in deallng with conflicts that arise when a school's girls team is scheduled to play a sectional semifinal on Thursday evening, the same night as the school's boys team is scheduled to play in the State semifinal. In these instances, the girls sectional semifinal will be moved to Wednesday evening. In addition, a three-point field goal shooting competition, scheduled for the Saturday prior to the boys and girls State Tournament finals in 2015, received the go-ahead from the Board.




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