Monday marks first day of no "two-a-day" practices in Iowa
By Nick Filipowski, Weekend Sports Anchor - bio | email
Heelan players look on during the first day of fall practice.
Monday marks the first official day of high school football in Iowa, Nebraska and South Dakota.
But, in Iowa new guidelines adopted by the Athletic Association, eliminating "two-a-day" practices, takes effect.
In March, the Board of Control approved the new regulations allowing teams to practice only one time per day.
New safety measures were also put into place.
Practices are limited to three hours and there is no contact allowed during the first two days on the field.
Full contact drills can begin the sixth practice.
Granted it is football and injuries can happen any time, player safety is always a top concern.
"It's our job as coaches to adjust to the rules," Heelan head Coach Roger Jansen said. "Anything we can do for the safety of these kids we're all for it. That is our up most concern is that we want the best welfare for these kids."
"I feel like it'll be the same as last year. We're pretty much going to have the same schedule as what we did," senior quarterback Trent Solsma said. "We still have to go out and play, so it really doesn't make much of an impact on us."
One new rule allows for teams to scrimmage after the first 10 days of practice. Under the old guidelines, teams could only scrimmage against other schools once the season began.
"I think it was foolish to tell school that they could only scrimmage after the first game," East Head Coach Bob Goodvin said. "Who wants to scrimmage after their first game? We will scrimmage. We're fortunate enough to have the opportunity to scrimmage Le Mars on August 23 at Olsen Stadium at 7 o'clock."
"It'll be real nice getting rid of the first game jitters," senior wide receiver Ronald Nash added. "The unnecessary penalties, the first game mistakes, getting rid of them with that scrimmage, it's real nice."
Metro football media day is set for this Saturday. We'll have full reports on all the metro teams coming up next week.
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