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D-I Readies New Football Practice Recommendations

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The Division I Football Oversight Committee on Tuesday recommended two proposals regarding physical contact for spring football practices, effective for 2022.

One proposal would limit full contact (tackling to the ground) to no more than 75 minutes in any one practice period that does not involve a scrimmage. 

A separate proposal would prohibit practice sessions that include full contact from occurring on consecutive days. 

The recommendations must be approved by the Division I Council, which is scheduled to meet Wednesday on the first day of the 2022 NCAA Convention in Indianapolis.

The Playing and Practice Season Subcommittee examined the issue, and its findings were unanimously supported by the Division I Football Oversight Committee. 

The remaining rules for spring football are unchanged:

  • Practices can be conducted over a 34-day period with 20 hours per week of unrestricted activities. Players must receive one day off per week.
  • 15 on-field practice sessions may be held, with no more than 12 involving contact.
  • Full contact may not occur until the third practice.
  • Eight of the 12 contact practices can involve tackling, and no more than three of those eight may be devoted to 11-on-11 scrimmages.
  • During noncontact practice sessions, headgear may be worn.
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