Lindsay Wilcox, NBC 5 News
The University Interscholastic League has approved new limits on contact at Texas high school football practices. The rule will limit "game speed tackling and blocking to the ground" to 90 minutes per week. The goal is to prevent concussions and other injuries.
Texas high school football is moving toward a 90-minutes-per-week limit on full-contact practice to limit concussions and other injuries.
The University Interscholastic League, which governs public high school sports, approved the limit at its meeting in Austin on Tuesday. The measure now goes to the state education commissioner for approval before the start of preseason practice in August.
UIL athletic director Mark Cousins says the rule does not apply in spring drills or fall preseason practice, and kicks in the week of the first game.
The rule limits "game-speed tackling and blocking to the ground" and covers high school and middle school practices.
Cousins says the Texas rule tracks a growing trend in professional and college football to limit contact drills to reduce the number of injuries.