New rules followed locally
Every year the southern heat is stifling to Georgia residents across the state.
That same heat pounding down on high school football players turns deadly.
On Monday the Georgia High School Association passed new rules to limit student-athletes from succumbing to the heat.
The guidelines were welcomed by high school football coaches across Newton County, who have been making sure their players have remained safe throughout their time here.
Rick Hurst of Eastside and Cortez Allen of Newton said the rules won’t change how they do things much.
Hurst had put his players through some three-a-day practices, with a light special teams session in the middle of the day, but said he doesn’t mind changing that aspect. That was the only change needed by local teams.
“I think it’s warrant- ed,” Hurst said of the new rules. “It’s unfortunate that it takes a few deaths for people to take notice.”
Along with prohibiting three-a-day practices, the new guidelines also say that teams cannot have back-to-back days of two-a-day practices.
Again, that is a rule coaches are in agreement with. The NCAA went to that policy a couple of years ago.
“I think if your out there with two practices in one day and you can’t get enough done, than maybe you’re scheduling is not what it needs to be,” Hurst said. “I think that’s a good rule. I think we’re following the NCAA in that. I’ve been waiting for that to come.”
Eastside football players rest on the sidelines during a practice in the 2011 season.