DALLAS, TX — High school football is back. The first day of practices kicked-off on Monday, and the players were greeted with good old-fashioned blazing August temperatures.
Yeah, with temps hitting the triple-digits on the first day of practice, hydration was priority one for these players. Dallas ISD has been at the forefront of safety rules when it comes to football practices, limiting the number of practices in pads and the lengths of practices out in the summer sun.
Those limitations can be a obstacle for coaches, though, trying to put together a winning team.
“You just gotta be a creative and you gotta be careful, you’ve gotta utilize every second that you have to get those reps.” said Bobby Estes, head coach of the Woodrow Wilson Wildcats, “You know it’s not hard, and believe it or not, we have time, we’ll be ready.”
And hey, it looks like the safety moves at the high school level might be trickling up! Last month at the BIG 12 Media Days, the conference announced it’s moving to just two days of full contact a week, including game days, one fewer than the NCAA allows!
“We believe it’s the right step and we hope that it will become the national rule.” said BIG 12 Commissioner Bob Bowlsby.
So all across the board, from high school to the pros, everyone’s trying to make football safer, while keeping the smash mouth thrill of America’s favorite game.
Hey, with the Texas sun boiling down on us, it all boils down to this: football is awesome, but it ain’t worth dying for!