Are you ready for some high school football? Is it already that time again? Not quite. New rules adopted by the GHSA may affect your local high school team’s plan for the spring. Up until now, teams were given two options. The first is to have a conventional spring practice followed by an intrasquad scrimmage. If this option is taken, the team can then schedule only one scrimmage game with an opponent in the fall preseason. The second option allows a team to forego spring practice. In doing so, they may schedule two scrimmage games in the fall preseason. Beginning this year, there is a third option. For the first time in years, teams will be allowed to schedule another opponent for a spring game. With this option, only one preseason scrimmage can be scheduled for the fall. It is unknown what option local programs like Lowndes and Valdosta have chosen.
A second rule will limit the number of team contact camps a program may participate. In recent years, summer contact camps have become popular among area coaches to prepare their teams. According to GHSA bylaws, “Schools will be limited to attending no more than three (3) Team Contact Camps per summer (no more than eight (8) days total).” Those bylaws can be found here.