Last month, the Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association introduced new contact rules designed to limit concussions in high school football.
Per the new rules, major contact will not be allowed the first week, limited to 75 minutes the second week, and 60 minutes each week thereafter.
In a recent article in the Leader-Telegram, a Wisconsin paper, various high school coaches gave their opinion on the new mandates.
Fall Creek football coach Josh Tumm, for example, worried about the new rules’ effect on evaluating linemen.
“That’s definitely our biggest concern is getting our linemen ready to go,” he said. “That drill time where you teach guys to block man-on-man and working on some of that footwork that helps kids learn how to block, that’s limited. That’s definitely a concern about how we play football, because it is based on the power run.”
Durand football coach Rod Rosemeyer echoed that concern, suggesting that blocking a stationary bag is not the same as a “moving target.”
“We do block a lot on bags, but anybody can block on a bag,” he said. “You don’t really get a good understanding unless you’re blocking a moving target. We’re going to have to be very careful with the time we use and make sure we’re more efficient. We’ll probably move at a faster pace so we make sure we don’t go over the time allotment.”
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