IHSA to vote on banning full-contact practices in summer

IHSA to vote on banning full-contact practices in summer
March 18, 2014, 6:45 pm
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Edgy Tim

The IHSA Legislative Committee on Tuesday announced a state-wide vote on proposed changes to IHSA Bylaw 3.157 which would ban schools from holding any full-contact football practices and any use of full pads during the summer contact period.

The revised proposal will be available for a member wide vote on Wednesday, and votes will be due on April 18, with results will be posted on or around April 21.

The proposed changes to IHSA Bylaw 3.157 are yet another step in bringing more safety guidelines and more specific rules in place for football.

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The response from area coaches?

"I'd personally like to have the full pad and contact period in place." Joliet Catholic head football coach and athletic director Dan Sharp said. "Yet if this passes it won't really prevent us from getting done what we need to get done in the summer."

Calls to several other coaches also was in line with Sharp's feeling on the issue.

According to one coach who wished to remain anonymous, "This will pass easily. I honestly (couldn't) care less about being in full pads in the summer anyways. It's another response to the safety issues and concerns."