A new mandated heat-conditioning period has many Georgia football programs starting practices a week early. They want players ready to practice in pads starting Wednesday, the first day it’s allowed. New Georgia High School Association rules mandate each football player gets five days of practices limited to two hours before he can even put on pads. The idea is to give athletes a chance to acclimate to the heat, humidity and intense activity.
The Georgia High School Association has approved new requirements designed to help high school football players cope with the heat during summer practices. The heat policy gives each athlete five days of practice with no pads to get used to the heat, humidity and intense activity.