IHSA Football Rules for 2014
New Rules IHSA style…
January 8, 2014
The Illinois High School Association announced Wednesday, January 8, “eleven” changes to its by-laws, including a two-day head start on football practice beginning in the fall.
IHSA rules stipulated that football practice could begin the Wednesday of week six of its athletic calendar. Week six of that calendar normally falls during the second full week of August. The first day of football practice had been scheduled for Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2014. The new start date is Monday, Aug. 12. Friday, Aug. 30 will remain the first day for football games.
Among other IHSA by-law changes was the removal of the one-year ineligibility period for transfer students “enrolling in his or her home boundaried public school for the first time.” Another rule change called for written approval from affected conferences to renew co-op agreements.
One change outlawed contact between coaches and student-athletes the week of July 4. Summer baseball and softball coaches are not affected by the “dead week” rule, which takes effect in 2015.
IHSA member schools also approved of an official change to the travel policy, which now will allow each team to make two trips of unlimited distance each season as long as no more than two school days are missed for each trip. That proposal will become a by-law Feb. 7.
Head coaches also have to watch the IHSA‘s mandatory rules video to avoid probation or suspension.
Every rule change other than the travel policy and “dead week” will take effect July 1.
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