Ga. issues football limits, heat guidelines

Violating schools face fines

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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