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Full-Contact Practices Capped
GEORGIA HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL TEAMS WILL HAVE
their full-contact practices capped beginning in 2015.
This past April, the Georgia High School Association an-
nounced limits on how much full-contact practice time each
school can participate in. Full-contact preseason practices
can only go 45 minutes per day and 135 minutes per week.
Contact cannot occur on more than two consecutive days.
During the regular season and postseason, practices are
only allowed for 30 minutes per day and 90 minutes per week.
Just because full-contact practices are limited it doesn’t mean
schools won’t be able to get the needed work in.
“You don’t have to go full-contact the whole time to work
on the main part of the game,” Luella coach Nic Vasilcheck
told the Clayton News Daily. “Anything like that [extreme]
would probably be overkill. It’s nice to get guidelines set for
different things. You’re protected as staff, a county and a
state. It gives a clear cut picture of what exactly you can do.”
This isn’t to say most teams were going full-contact each
and every day to begin with. The goal from the GHSA was to
put together a list of rules to ensure safety among each of
its member teams. As administrators and football coaches
continue to deal with reducing concussions in the sport,
setting requirements for what schools can and can’t do was
the logical next step.
“You’re never going to get concussions out of this sport,”
If any school wants to disobey the new rules, be warned. A
GHSA executive director Gary Phillips said, according to
the Macon Telegraph. “The whole point everybody is after
is trying to minimize the risk, to cut down on the number of
opportunities the kids are in, the number of instances they’re
in where we see athletes getting hurt, getting concussed.”
The new practice rules were taken from the standards
recommended by the National Federation of State High
School Associations. Georgia is the seventh state to adopt
what the National Federation’s recommends.
first offense results in a fine that can range from $500-2,500.
A second offense will bring probation and a postseason ban.
Three-Star Recruits Gaining Attention
LAGRANGE OFFENSIVE TACKLE LUKE ELDER HAS BEEN
one of the faster-rising prospects of the Class of 2016.
A Scout.com three-star recruit, Elder holds many major-college offers, with Clemson, Florida State and South
Carolina among those vying for his commitment. Elder had
the opportunity to impress many college scouts in the camp
circuit this past summer. In March, Clemson was an early
leader, though he scrapped a top three and started his
recruitment process over.
Another three-star prospect with a great deal of collegiate
interest is Peachtree Ridge senior Malik Staples. Though
most of his interest is from mid-major programs, Staples
holds scholarship offers from Louisville, Boston College,
Wake Forest and Colorado State. Staples figures to see his
stock rise with a solid senior season.
Pace Academy OL Jamaree Salyer works out during a summer
MVP Camp at Westlake High (Atlanta) in April.
DB Takes Over
Monsignor Donovan has a
new head coach with an NFL
pedigree. The Rams hired
former NFL defensive back
and return specialist Evan
Cooper this past spring.
“I’m looking to coach at
a school where I feel like
I’m needed and appreci-
ated more so than anywhere
else,” Cooper told the Athens
Banner-Herald. “After the
interviews, I felt like that was
where God had sent me.”
Cooper spent the 1984-1987
seasons with the Philadel-
phia Eagles and finished
his career with the Atlanta
Falcons from 1988-1989. He
takes over the program from
Kurt Page, who resigned
from his position in January.