90-Minute Contact Rule For High School Football

90-Minute Contact Rule For High School Football

Midland, TX (Local Big 2 News) - Other schools paying attention to the 90-minute weekly practice of full-contact in Texas high schools
Midland, TX (Local Big 2 News) - Other schools paying attention to the 90-minute weekly practice of full-contact in Texas high schools

"You're talking about full game-speed, full 100-percent knocking the snot out of each other type of situations," said Todd Howey, director of athletics for the Midland Independent School District.

It's a rule Texas schools implemented last year to minimize concussions during practice.

"When you first initially here the rule there's no more tackling in practice, that's kinda what kids thought, there's no tackling in practice. That's not the case at all."

Despite the rule, Howey tells me football practice at both MISD schools remains basically the same.

And he adds they prepare to win games; nothing lacking.

"They're being prepared during the week for full-contact and they're being prepared during the week for Friday night football games," Howey said.

Upcoming sophomore, Brandon Watts tells me the limited contact does not affect his play.

"I think it's been fine 'cause I've been getting better at football and I started D-line last year," Watts said.

Howey shows safety is a priority for MISD- the 90 min rule and the concussion pads at Midland Memorial Stadium and Rebel Lee Field.

"When I was in high school you know, we didn't know what concussion was and we all got up and just kept on playing. Now, coaches are aware of it," Howey said.

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