New regulations on high school football could be coming in Illinois, without changing state law. Earlier this year, an Illinois House committee failed to pass a bill to restrict the amount of tackling which can be done during practices. Now, Illinois High School Association executive director Marty Hickman is telling those same lawmakers high school coaches should be getting some new rules to implement as soon as this fall.
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“We’ve modified our football policies for practice starting this next fall,” HIckman said. The modification “includes limits on hitting throughout the first 14 days of practice.” Also, the IHSA has created learning materials coaches will have to study in the fall. “We have a series of webinars planned and those are on the books right now. And when we do our meeting in the fall, (football tackling) will be one of our primary topics,” Hickman said. If approved by the IHSA, the changes would be effective in time for the 2013 football season.