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UIL proposes limits on early football practices

The University Interscholastic League's legislative council met Monday in Austin and passed an amendment that puts new limits on football practices outside of the school year.

  • On days when more than one practice is held, the minimum rest and recovery time between practices was increased from one hour to two hours.

  • Players can't participate in multiple practices on consecutive days.

  • In the first four days of practice, if more than one practice is conducted on the same day, the second practice can only be a teaching session that doesn't include conditioning, contact or equipment.

In other action by the legislative council Monday:

  • A proposal to increase the distance of girls cross country races from 2 to 3.1 miles was placed on a referendum ballot this spring.

  • The soccer tie-breaking procedure will be changed from a 35-yard shootout to penalty kicks, taking effect Aug. 1, 2012, if approved by the commissioner of education.

  • Area meets will be added to post-district track and field competition, taking effect Aug. 1, 2012, if approved by the commissioner of education.

  • An additional conference will be added in wrestling, taking effect Aug. 1, 2012, if approved by the commissioner of education.