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WIAA approves contact limitations in football practice

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STEVENS POINT (WKOW) -- Big changes for high school football practices this fall.    

The WIAA approved a set of rules Thursday, reducing live contact, like tackling and blocking drills, in hopes of reducing injuries to players.
   
Most coaches say they approve of the changes.

Tom Lee, the head coach of La Crosse Aquinas says, "This is not the old days of football where you are putting guys on the ground all the time. I think most coaches are trying to keep guys healthy and ready for Friday nights."

The first week of the football season, players will only be allowed to perform drills with tackling dummies or bags, and drills where they are only required to wrap up.
   
The second week, players will be allowed to block and tackle live for up to 75 minutes.
   
And from the third week through the rest of the season, live contact will be trimmed to 60 minutes per week.



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