Offseason workout guidelines

The Patriots open their offseason workout program, and there are several guidelines and restrictions related to these workouts, highlighted below:


  • Workouts are strictly voluntary

  • A maximum of four workouts per week (no weekends)

  • One week is the mandatory minicamp (no weekends)

  • Contact work is prohibited in all workouts

  • Intensity and tempo of drills should be at level conducive to learning, with player safety as the highest priority

Phase one (four hours a day)

  • Two weeks. Limited to strength and conditioning activities with only the strength and conditioning coaches allowed on the field

  • 90-minute maximum on the field

  • Clubs can only specify two hours for the players to be at the facility

  • Players choose the other two hours for weights, etc.

Phase two (four hours a day)

Three weeks with the same rules with a few exceptions:

  • All coaches allowed on field

  • Individual and “perfect play” drills allowed

  • No offense vs. defense, no 1-on-1’s, no helmets

Phase three (six hours a day)

  • Four weeks total

  • Three weeks for 10 total OTA’s

  • A maximum of three OTA’s each week for the first two weeks

  • During weeks one and two a fourth OTA is allowed but phase two rules apply

  • A maximum of four OTA’s for the third or fourth week

  • One week for mini camp

  • No pads except protective knee and elbow pads

  • Helmets are permitted

  • No live contract drills between OL and DL or WR and DB

  • 7 on 7, 9 on 7 and 11 on 11 drills will be permitted

Minicamp (10 hours a day)

  • Physicals on Monday but no practice

  • Practices Tuesday-Thursday with a day off on Friday

  • Allowed two practices totaling three and a half hours on the field per day

  • Second practice limited to walk through activities only