Hitting During Practice Policy
2018 Age Rules and Requirements
Players are required by the county to have the following (all provided by CFC):
Helmet (NOCSAE approved) with face guard
Protective Hip and Spinal Pads
Knee and Thigh Pads
Regulation Football Pants
Game and Practice Jersey
Mouth Guard (not provided by CFC)
Beginning with the 2016 season, all AAYFA teams will be limited in the number of times during the week that they may have "hitting practices" that involve hitting and/or tackling another player.
Hitting is defined as a practice where players are dressed in padded football pants, shoulder pads and helmets and participate in drills that require impact or collision with another player.
During the period before school starts, when teams may practice five (5) times a week, the maximum number of hitting practices will be three (3). Once teams are limited to practicing three
(3) times a week, the maximum number of hitting practices will be two (2).
Scrimmages where players are dressed in padded football pants, shoulder pads and helmets, will count against the allotted number of hitting practices for a given week. Once the maximum
number of hitting practices for a given week has been exhausted, coaches may mandate a "helmets only" practice. "Helmets Only" practices are those practices where players do not wear
padded football pants nor shoulder pads.
Organizations will be responsible for making sure that all of their coaches/teams adhere to this policy. Any coach discovered violating this policy will be suspended from all Anne Arundel County
sponsored sports and activities for minimum of one (1) year.
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