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Pre-Season Practice: The Importance of Making Every Minute Countby: Dan Weil
© July 2006
Pre-season practice plays an important role in getting your team prepared for the upcoming season. We spoke to two successful head coaches – Mike Leach of Texas Tech and Terry Hoeppner of Indiana University – about how they conduct their pre-season practices and what they hope to get out of them.
NCAA rules dictate that teams can begin practice about a month before their first game. Teams aren’t allowed to practice in full pads for the first five days. Also after that five-day acclimation period, teams can conduct two-a-day practices, but only every other day. Practice will start the second week in August at both Indiana and Texas Tech.
Leach said he wouldn’t run two-a-day practices more than every other day even if the NCAA permitted it. “I think you get more product....The full article can only be seen by subscribers.
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