The Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association takes plenty of heat from its member schools, coaches, fans and state media on various issues throughout the year.
But the WIAA’s Board of Control’s recent passage of player-to-player contact rules for football this upcoming season makes sense when it comes to player safety.
The state’s governing body of high school athletics worked well in conjunction with the Wisconsin Football Coaches Association as well as the WIAA’s Executive Staff in setting up the regulations that will be implemented starting this fall.
Gone are the days of two-a-day, full-pad sessions in the blistering heat of August. That used to be the norm.
With “thud” or “full-contact” being limited to only 75 minutes the second week of practice and only 60 minutes per week (not including games or scrimmages) the rest of the season, the hope is that this will decrease the wear and tear on the bodies of these young athletes. A drop in concussions and other impact-related injuries also should be a benefit.
Most, if not all, area high school football teams already limit those full-on collisions anyway. But making it official by the WIAA was a much-needed step and one that will benefit student-athletes in the long run.
— Ricardo Arguello: 920-993-1000, ext. 558, or firstname.lastname@example.org; on Twitter@PCRicardo