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Football Practices Limited by Heat, New Rules

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    The UIL has implemented new rules designed to keep high school athletes safe when practicing in extreme heat. (Published Monday, Aug. 5, 2013)

    "Two-a-day" football practices are a rite of passage for many young athletes, but as the triple-digit heat continues, and as new University Interscholastic League rules go into effect, the traditional crash of summer break into fall football will not be as full contact as before.

    This season, players are limited to only 90 minutes per week of full-contact drills with tackling and those practices can't start until the end of the week, according to the new UIL rules.

    The UIL said these changes will cut down on injuries, especially concussions.

    Many teams wasted no time kicking off the start to the football season. In Krum, the football team held their first practice at midnight  and had a second practice scheduled for 8 a.m. Monday.

    "It's not as hot right now," Gary Robinson, Krum High School Football Coach, said. "The sun's not beatin' down on you. So the very first practice of the season, when we're still trying to get acclimated to the heat, it's a good start."

    Other schools planned early practices as well, often to beat the scorching summer heat.