Heat concerns prompt new prep football rules

MACON, Ga. (AP) -- Georgia is banning three-a-day football practices and will fine schools that violate new guidelines aimed at keeping student-athletes from succumbing to heat.

The Georgia High School Association decided Monday to establish the new guidelines for schools statewide.

The Florida Times-Union reports (http://bit.ly/GCaBZZ) that Georgia's new guidelines require players to go through five practices in only helmets, shirts and shorts before going to full pads Aug. 1. The new rules also state that two-a-day practices can't occur on consecutive days or exceed five hours in a single day; and practicing in pads is limited to three hours a day.

The new rules come after University of Georgia researchers reported increases in player deaths nationwide in recent years.

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