New rules fol­lowed lo­cally

The Covington News - - Sports - BRYAN FAZIO Sports Ed­i­tor

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.”

Staff Photo/ The Cov­ing­ton News

East­side foot­ball play­ers rest on the side­lines dur­ing a prac­tice in the 2011 sea­son.

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