(WTNH)–Keeping football players safe on the practice field. That’s always the goal of coaches, but the Ivy League wants to take it an extra step and try to make that a reality.
Earlier this month all 8 head coaches in the league voted unanimously to eliminate full contact hitting. On Wendesday, SportzEdge’s Erik Dobratz visited with Yale head football coach Tony Reno to get his feelings about the plan.
Reno also clarified that there will still be some tackling, but no longer will anyone be tackled to the ground.
“We found that we can really eliminate or limit ground contact concussions,” Reno said. “We felt if we can find a way to make the game safer for the kids playing it by eliminating 10 minutes of practice time for us, it was worth it.”
The plan still has to be approved by the Ivy League athletic directors and school presidents, although there’s little doubt it will be. Reno hopes that youth leagues will follow the guidelines as well.