DIFCA Pre-Season Guidelines. DEFINITIONS Prior to participation in any preseason practice activities, all student-athletes are required to undergo a Pre-Participation Medical Examination (PPE) administered by a physician (MD, DO), or as required by state law.
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Prior to participation in any preseason practice activities, all student-athletes are required to undergo a Pre-Participation Medical Examination (PPE) administered by a physician (MD, DO), or as required by state law.
The Acclimatization Periodis defined as the first 14 calendar days of pre-season practice for all student-athletes. This period shall begin once equipment is used. All student-athletes, including those who arrive to pre-season practice after the first day of practice are required to follow the guidelines of the Acclimatization period.
During the Acclimatization period, student-athletes will not be allowed to practice on Sundays.
A Practice is defined as the time a participant engages in physical activity. Each practice shall be no more than 2.5 hours in length. Warm-up, stretching, and cool-down activities are to be included as part of practice time. All conditioning and/or weight room activities shall be considered practice.
A Walk-Through shall be defined as a teaching opportunity with no protective equipment (i.e. helmets, shoulder pads, catcher’s gear, shin guards, lacrosse sticks) or equipment related to a given sport (i.e. footballs, blocking sleds, pitching machine, soccer balls, marker cones). The time engaged in a walk-through should not be more than an hour in length. This time does not include conditioning or weight room activities. Classroom time , where the athlete is indoors in a properly conditioned environment , and receiving instructions (not physical activity) only, shall not be considered part of walk-through time but shall be considered part of total football time.
A Recovery Periodis defined as the time between the end of one practice or walk-through and the beginning of the next Practice or walk-through. During this time, no physical or outdoor football activity will be permitted (speed, strength, conditioning, agility, walk-through).
Pre Season Schedule
DIFCA will continue to work with DIAA and NFHS to strive to meet the standards for safety for our student-athletes.