Changes aim to make HS football more safe

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — When high school football players hit the field for their first game this season, it should be with fresher bodies.

New practicing rules implemented this year by the MHSAA have reduced the amount of contact to just two days per week.

“We saw a need to develop policies for practice that would reduce the amount of head-to-head contact,” MHSAA Executive Director Jack Roberts said.

According to Roberts, 85% to 90% of coaches are already had the same policy.

At Grand Rapids West Catholic, head coach Dan Rohn and his two-time state champion Falcons have used this method since he started.

Everyone agrees that player safety is of the utmost importance, but some coaches argue drastic change may hurt more than it will help.

“We’re quick to make judgments on rules the professional athletes are doing,” Grand Rapids Catholic Central Head Coach Todd Kolster said. “I think we’ve got to be careful with how much we cut back, and then we expect what we expect come Friday night.”

Michigan is following a national trend. In California, lawmakers passed legislation prohibiting any contact in the offseason.

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