UIL Council approves limiting contact

By Clay Corbett | Published Saturday, June 15, 2013
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A rule limiting contact at high school football practices during the season moved a step closer to reality Tuesday.

The University Interscholastic League’s Legislative Council, along with its member superintendents, approved the recommendation by the UIL Medical Advisory Committee in April to limit football programs to 90 minutes of full-contact drills during a given week.

The measure would only be in force during the regular season and postseason play. The rule would go into effect Aug. 1 if signed into action by the Texas Commissioner of Education Michael Williams.

Also on Tuesday, the Council passed two more proposals.

The League will require a new acknowledgment form with information and resources about sudden cardiac arrest in its athletic packet, giving information and resources to parents. It will require their signature before a student can compete in a UIL athletic event.

The committee also voted to require cheerleading to be subject to concussion management and prevention guidelines already in place for UIL-sponsored activities. It also requires coaches and sponsors complete safety training.

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