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in the case of field hockey and related sports, should not wear full protective gear or perform activities that would require protective equipment). During days 35, only helmets and shoulder pads should be worn.

A. Football only: On days 35, contact with blocking sleds and tackling dummies may be initiated. Beginning on day 6, all protective equipment may be worn and full contact may begin.

    • B.

      Full-contact sports: 100% live contact drills should begin no earlier than day 6.

  • 5.

    Beginning no earlier than day 6 and continuing through day 14, double-practice days must be followed by a single-practice day. On single-practice days, 1 walk-through is permitted, separated from the practice by at least 3 hours of continuous rest. When a

double-practice day is followed by a rest day, another double-practice day is permitted after the rest day.

  • 6.

    On a double-practice day, neither practice should exceed 3 hours in duration, and student-athletes should not participate in more than 5 total hours of practice. Warm-up, stretching, cool-down, walk-through, conditioning, and weight-room activities are included as part of the practice time. The 2 practices should be separated by at least 3 continuous hours in a cool environment.

  • 7.

    Because the risk of exertional heat illnesses during the preseason heat-acclimatization period is high, we strongly recommend that an athletic trainer be on site before, during, and after all practices.


  • 1.

    Member schools shall be divided into six classes for participation in the state football playoffs.

  • 2.

    The 2014 & 2015 Football Classifications have been determined in the following manner.

    • a.

      Class A--28 largest schools, registered for football

    • b.

      Class B--32 next largest schools, registered for football

    • c.

      Classes C1 and C2--the remaining schools playing 11-man football are divided into two classes with approximately equal numbers of schools in each class.

    • d.

      Classes D1 and D2--schools playing 8-man football are divided into two classes with approximately equal numbers of schools in each class.

  • 3.

    The Football Classification for the 2014 & 2015 seasons was based on the three-grade enrollment submitted to the Nebraska Department of Education as of the fourth Friday of September in 2013.

    • a.

      The Enrollment figures submitted to the State Department of Education the fourth Friday in September of each odd numbered year will be used to determine the two 18

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