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High school football practices begin, teams adapt to new WIAA rules

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MADISON (WKOW) -- High school football teams from the state of Wisconsin were able to hit the fields for their first organized practices of the 2014 season on Tuesday. Teams were getting a feel for their new personnel, but they were also adapting to new practice rules that were instated by the WIAA this offseason. The rules limit the amount of full contact drills teams can use in practice. Full contact is not allowed until the second week of practice. In that second week of preseason practice, teams are limited to 75 minutes of full contact drills. In the third week and beyond, teams can only run 60 minutes of full contact drills per week for the rest of the season outside of games.

Middleton High School chooses not to run any drills in practice that brings players to the ground, so the new rules don't change much for head coach Tim Simon and the Cardinals. Simon supports what the WIAA is trying to do.

"It's all good stuff. The WIAA is being proactive in taking these measures to ensure the student athlete safety," Simon said. 

"We're all here to help these student athletes, the football field is an extension of the classroom, they're doing things in good measure for the right reasons to help kids."

The first Friday night of the high school football season is August 22.

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