FOOTBALL PRACTICE RULES
FOOTBALL SAFETY RULES
At the NJCAA Annual Meeting, the NJCAA Football Committee adopted the NCAA safety rules relative to the length of practice and the number of practices that may be held.
Although the new guidelines were circulated prior to the Annual Meeting, and been posted on the NJCAA website since April, it is our intent with this notice to ensure compliance.
Particular attention should be paid to Section 7.B of the General Rules as this will appear in the football section within the NJCAA Handbook.
No player may leave their designated bench area to participate in any on or off the field altercations and/or fights. If such player or players are involved in this altercation, they will be disqualified for the remainder of the game and for the next game. If a player is disqualified for fighting a second time during that season, he shall be disqualified for that game and suspended for the remainder of the season.
The home team is required to film/video the entire game and the post game until all players and coaches have left the playing area in order to obtain the specific jersey number (s) of the player or players involved.
The NJCAA during the pre-season practice period only and subsequent to the three-day acclimatization period, on-field walk throughs are not considered an on-field activity provided protective equipment (e.g., helmets, shoulder pads) is not worn, equipment related to football (e.g., footballs, blocking sleds) is not used and conditioning activities do not occur.
Section 7. General Rules
All play shall be conducted according to the NCAA Rules of Football with exceptions only as noted in this section.
B All teams must have a minimum of ten (10) practice days prior to a game or scrimmage with another team. The first three (3) days of these ten (10) shall be non-contact. These three days are to be a conditioning period with no contact between players and the players will be allowed to wear only T-shirts/jersey, shorts, shoes, helmets, and shoulder pads. During this three day period, only one three (3) hour practice may be held.
B (a) Subsequent to the three-day period, institutions may practice in full pads. However, an institution may not conduct multiple on-field practice sessions (e.g., two-a-days or three-a-days) on consecutive days
B (b) Student-athletes shall not engage in more than three hours of on-field practice activities on those days during which one practice is permitted.
B (c) Student-athletes shall not engage in more than five hours of on-field practice activities on those days during which more than one practice is permitted.
B (d) On days that institutions conduct multiple practice sessions, student-athletes must be provided with at least three continuous hours of recovery time between the end of the first and the start of the last practice that day. During this time, student-athletes may not attend any meetings or engage in other athletically related activities (e.g., weight lifting); however, time spent receiving medical treatment and eating meals may be included as part of recovery time.
B (e) The NJCAA during the pre-season practice period only and subsequent to the three-day acclimatization period, on-field walk throughs are not considered an on-field activity provided protective equipment (e.g., helmets, shoulder pads) is not worn, equipment related to football (e.g., footballs, blocking sleds) is not used and conditioning activities do not occur.
C All physical exams shall have been completed prior to the first practice of the individual.
D The visually enhanced football shall be an accepted ball.
E Games played on high school fields will be allowed to use the wider high school goal posts
F Use of the 25-second field clock will be required for the 2004 football season. The National Championship Game will be required to use the 25-second field clock.
G Use of the 25-second field clock will be required for all football games during the season and for the National Championship Game if such game is played
H Football Jersey must be full-length and tucked into the pants as stated in the current NCAA Football Rules and Interpretations.
I Adhere and follow the NCAA Fight Rule (Rule 2 and 9) and the following addition for players leaving their designated bench area: