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Old 04-12-17, 01:35 PM
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NCAA DIII Management Council eliminates football two-a-days


DIII Management Council eliminates football two-a-days
April 12, 2017 11:30am
Brian Burnsed

The Division III Management Council has voted to eliminate traditional two-a-day practices in football, effective immediately, citing the most up-to-date consensus from leading medical groups and football coaching organizations.

The legislative change aligns with the year-round football practice contact recommendations released earlier this year that have been endorsed by 16 medical groups and five football organizations. The recommendations were crafted based on emerging data from the NCAA-Department of Defense CARE Consortium study and other data being collected on campuses nationwide that suggest allowing adequate recovery time after contact practices or competitions is essential to mitigating the impact of head injuries.

While a second contact practice is no longer permitted on the same day, teams may conduct a walk-through session after a three-hour recovery period. The change mirrors legislation under review in Divisions I and II. Though the rule is effective immediately, the Division III Presidents Council will have an opportunity to review and discuss the change, should the group consider it necessary, when it convenes later this month.

“It is a difficult decision to make when tradition and coaching experiences call for us to have multiple practice sessions in any one given day, but our primary mission of providing for the safety and security for all scholar-athletes must be put at the forefront,” said Brit Katz, Management Council chair and vice president of student-life and dean of students at Millsaps. “Data suggests that a disproportionate number of injuries occur during the preseason and practice sessions, so we should then consider other means of providing skill development and team development absent those types of contact practices that lead to injury.”

To account for the practice time lost due to the elimination of two-a-day practices, the Management Council also recommended a one-time blanket waiver that would remove the prohibition on athletically related activity during the two days before the first permissible practice date for football in 2017. The Presidents Council will act on the recommendation later this month.

The waiver does not permit schools to provide expenses to student-athletes earlier than is permitted already, citing the financial burden such an extension would place on some Division III colleges and universities. Schools, though, already are permitted to provide expenses on those two days, so the waiver offers additional practice opportunities while minimizing the financial impact on institutions. The waiver does not require schools to engage in athletically related activity on those two days.

Though the waiver applies only to 2017, the Management Council, along with several other Division III governing bodies, will evaluate the rules pertinent to preseason football practice considering the new consensus recommendations and will determine what legislative changes may need to be considered at the 2018 NCAA Convention.

“We must all work together deliberately and thoughtfully to create skill development in ways that do not encourage injury and compromise the health of our athletes,” Katz said.
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Old 04-12-17, 04:34 PM
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This can work and it is about time. Back in the day this is how my Div III program ran 2-a-day camps:

Morning session: (Full Pads)> 1st half was conditioning, 2nd half was position drills finished with special teams.

Afternoon Session: Classroom meeting to chalk talk and install the base offense/defense. (Full Pads)> live scrimmaging what was just installed to make sure we got the timing down, finished with toughest conditioning of the day like a gasser.

Evening: Lifting

Now I can see it looking like this:

Morning Session: (Pads)> 1st half Position drills 2nd half scrimmaging to get timing down and special teams.

Afternoon Session> Classroom meeting to chalk talk and install the base offense/defense. (Shorts & Helmets)> 7 on 7 for skills and linemen work with sleds and dummies. Run through the just installed packages in shorts, finish with aggressive conditioning.

Evening: Lifting
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