Ga. issues football limits, heat guidelines

Violating schools face fines

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The Georgia High School Association on Monday took some drastic measures to make prep football practices safer.

The GHSA put mandates on how long teams can practice, including banning three-a-days and attaching monetary fines to those who violate the rules in the wake of three-year study showing that the state had more deaths in the sport across all levels than any other in the country.

Some of the changes include: Players must go through five practices in only helmets, shirts and shorts before going to full pads Aug. 1; two-a-day practices can’t occur on consecutive days or exceed five hours in a single day; and practicing in pads is limited to three hours a day.

Violators can be fined up to $1,000.

The report showed that heat-related deaths across the country tripled from 1994-2009.

Two high school players died last August, although one, Fitzgerald High lineman D.J. Searcy, died at a camp in Florida

The GHSA also approved the state’s move to increase classifications from five to six, and officially split the state championship series into a public and a private for Class A for football, basketball, baseball and softball.

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csrareader 03/20/12 - 09:17 am
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Good move by GHSA. However,

Good move by GHSA. However, there are other sports (soccer, baseball, etc.) that need the practice rules tightened up. Too many coaches think water breaks are for the weak. Dumb.

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Riverman1 03/20/12 - 09:30 am
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Absolutely a good rule. I

Absolutely a good rule. I screamed about this last year during the practices in the heat. The rule just doesn't go far enough on hot days. I played in the old days of only a little water being allowed and looking back, that was stupid. This is not the Junction Boys era.

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Little Lamb 03/20/12 - 09:45 am
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I seem to remember the belief

I seem to remember the belief that too much water during the game slowed you down.

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Little Lamb 03/20/12 - 09:46 am
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Look at this from the

Look at this from the article:

The report showed that heat-related deaths across the country tripled from 1994-2009. Two high school players died last August, although one, Fitzgerald High lineman D.J. Searcy, died at a camp in Florida.

We may be talking a bit of over-regulation here if only two died last year in the whole country.

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Sweet son 03/20/12 - 10:49 am
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Hope the GHSA also looked at

Hope the GHSA also looked at behavior of all involved in games given the Warren/Hancock mess!!!

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showboat 03/20/12 - 12:13 pm
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This is a great move by the
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This is a great move by the GHSA, some of these youg coaches think that you must practice four hours to get things done. set your practice schedule for two hours and get the kids home before 9pm every nite.

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meginlea 03/20/12 - 01:06 pm
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I suppose the parents of the

I suppose the parents of the two dead children would not agree that this is 'over-regulation,' and I also suppose they would have appreciated a little more enforcement of previous regulations or even having regulations in themselves when it was THEIR children playing the game.

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thewaytolite 03/20/12 - 01:50 pm
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LL considering the heat and

LL considering the heat and humidity in Georgia compared to other parts of the country. This is a good start not over regulation. In the old days it was fine to run brutal 2 a day practices but times and temperatures have changed. They need to teach proper hydration especially during the late summer months. Cut the use of all of the supplements because those do more to dry the players out than improve performance.

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wise ole man 03/20/12 - 02:27 pm
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Why divide private & public

Why divide private & public schools for class A only? There are plenty of private schools in the upper classes as well.

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Little Lamb 03/20/12 - 02:45 pm
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That is a good question, wise

That is a good question, wise old man. I would think the answer is that the Class A private schools were the only ones winning the state championships, so Class A public schools were the only ones complaining.

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Techfan 03/21/12 - 05:31 am
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Probably not enough larger

Probably not enough larger private schools. Marist play up a division I believe. It's not a problem for those that don't recruit (ie. paid tuition, live at the coaches house, etc.).

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