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IHSA sets limits for live football contact during season

FROM PRESS RELEASE

BLOOMINGTON, Ill.- The Illinois High School Association (IHSA) Board of Directors met at its regularly scheduled meeting at the IHSA office in Bloomington on Monday, where the Board approved a joint recommendation from the IHSA Sports Medicine Advisory Committee and Football Advisory Committee to limit the number of hours and days each week that an IHSA member school football team is allowed to have full live contact during full-pad practices.

Crum waiting for the call

Tanner Crum is waiting for the phone to ring. So are his mother and father back home.

Crum, the former Mt. Carmel all-state selection and four year-starter at SIU, was not drafted in the NFL draft held over the weekend in Chicago. But, that doesn’t mean an NFL shot will not happen. As of Monday night, three teams were considering signing Crum as a free agent.

IHSA to consider football practice limitations

BLOOMINGTON, ILL. - The Illinois High School Association (IHSA) Board of Directors met at its regularly scheduled meeting at the IHSA office in Bloomington on Tuesday, where the Board discussed a pair of joint recommendations from the IHSA Sports Medicine Advisory Committee and IHSA Football Advisory Committee.

The recommendations are related to Policy 13 - Football Policies and would potentially limit the number of hours and days each week that an IHSA member school football team would be allowed to have full live contact during full-pad practices, in addition to eliminating more than one practice with full live contact when two full-pad practices occur in a single day.

“These steps represent the next logical evolution in optimizing the safety of student-athletes in the game of football,” said IHSA Executive Director Marty Hickman. “The IHSA Sports Medicine Advisory Committee and Football Advisory Committee have worked together to formulate these limitations over the past year. We appreciate their efforts, as well as the guidance provided by the NFHS Concussion Summit Task Force.”

Laws wins top football award

MT. CARMEL - Never mind that senior Levi Laws never played a down for the Mt. Carmel High School football team in 2014. His impact was still so profound that he was named the winner of the team’s most prestigious award, the Golden Helmet Award, at Sunday’s post-season awards banquet held at Parkview Christian Church. Golden Aces assistant coach Kevin Smith, who introduced the award which dates to the 1960s, told the gathering “if you can strive to be a player on the field that’s one thing, but you can also strive to be a man off the field.”

Here is how sweeping football change would work

Member schools of the Illinois High School Association will be voting on a radical football proposal that would usher in the most sweeping changes in the history of the sport in Illinois. This would mark the first time the IHSA would be allowed to take control of a sport from the beginning of the regular-season clear through its' state tournament. It would mean the end of conferences (at least for football), creating an entirely new system similar in form to Kentucky. Because of the unique position Mt. Carmel High School is in (as the only Illinois school in an out-of-state league), the implications are extremely serious.

How would it work? Following is the text of the system outline that IHSA member schools will see as they consider the proposal (taken from the website ihsa.org), authored by Tim Carlson, principal at Sycamore High School:

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