GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- The Florida High School Athletic Association just released its 2013-2014 school year handbook.
The handbook is more than 200 pages long. In it are some changes to previous policies, including policy 41 which involves heat acclimatization.
The goal of this policy to is protect student athletes from suffering from heat stroke.
One of the changes noticed this year involves the duration of practices. Practices must no be no longer than three hours. Last year teams could practice up to three and a half hours a day.
The revised policy also affects when football players can have full contact practices. Now, full contact practices don't start until day six of the practice schedule. This year, the practice schedule started on August 5.
The first two days of practice, players could only wear helmets and uniforms. On days three through five they can add shoulder pads. On day six, they can wear full gear with contact.
Coaches across the state are being informed about the changes, which were made to help protect players. They say they won't have many effects on players, but when it comes to shortening practices, the coaches say they'll have to come up with more efficient forms of coaching.
For more information on this year's handbook, log onto : http://www.fhsaa.org/rules/fhsaa-handbook
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