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CFL Takes Leadership Position in Football Safety
« on: September 18, 2017, 01:15:57 PM »
https://www.si.com/nfl/2017/09/18/cfl-bans-full-contact-practices-tackle-football-safety

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The Canadian Football League has told its nine franchises that, except for training camp in 2018, full-contact practices will be banned through the end of the 2018 season. Players can wear helmets in practice, but no shoulder pads, and tackling in practice will not be allowed. I talked to the CFL commissioner, former offensive lineman Randy Ambrosie, on Friday about how it came about.

MMQB: Howd you make this happen, especially in-season like this?

Ambrosie: Its what I can only describe as a magnificent display of partnership between us and the players union. It will give our players more time to recuperate, and stay on the field. There was another part of this, going from [18 games in] 20 weeks to 21 weeks. Because of our nine-team structure, because not all of our teams have access to their facilities at all times, we have had some tight turnarounds on our games. We have now gone to a 21-week schedule, staying at 18 games. It dramatically improves the time players will have to rest and recuperate. One example this year was Ottawa. The Redblacks had three games in 11 days [a Friday-Wednesday-Monday schedule.] That is just way too much football is too tight a time. There is something magnificent and elegant about simplicity. We wanted to do something fairly immediate and avoid the confusion of tackling too many issues at once. It is going to challenge our coaches, who I believe are world-class. Its going to be different. Coaches begin to wean themselves off padded practices later in the season anyway. We know coaches can go with less, because weve seen that in football now anyway. Coaches will adapt. They will find new training techniques.

MMQB: Have you gotten any pushback from football people over the decision?

Ambrosie: I have not had one of those calls at all. We had our [CFL] Hall of Fame inductions last night, and I spoke to a couple of our coaches. They were positive and polite and constructive. I am aware this may have cost me one or two Thanksgiving dinner invitations, but the reaction has been almost entirely positive. It was a quick decision, and some would argue too quick. But when youre on the doorstep of doing the right thing, quick is good

MMQB: How much are you concerned about the future of football, with all the issues of head trauma and CTE that have surfaced?

Ambrosie: Talking about player safety is not just words to me. It means very much. The [future of football] has been on my mind throughout this. The more we do together to make this game safer, it will inspire confidence that the game can be played at the safest level. What I love about the game is it offers the greatest inclusiveness of any game. You can be a gigantic person, super strong, and you can be a small person, super fast, and then in a locker room all these things come together. We need to fight, literally, for the future of football, and we do that by making it safe. I think the battle for the future of the game is one we will win. Were teaching safer tackling. Its gonna take us all pushing it. Change is hard. We all know that. The fraternity of football people, well find our way. Im honored to be part of it.
« Last Edit: September 19, 2017, 11:08:15 AM by cflnut »
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« Reply #1 on: September 18, 2017, 04:13:32 PM »
How do you feel about this CFLNut? Seems like some contact is needed. Maybe cut back a little but, completely?



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Re: CFL Takes Leadership Position in Football Safety
« Reply #2 on: September 19, 2017, 11:08:02 AM »
I'm kinda on the fence with this. I do agree with the extra bye week, but removing contact from practices all together, not so much.

About five years ago (I think) the league limited the number of contact practices to two (or three) per week. Most teams would only hold one or two per week anyway and then cut that number back starting around this time of year cause of the colder weather.

I think that contact in practices is needed, to a point, especially for rookie players. This is a contact sport and anyone who's played it, at any level, knows that you need to condition yourself to the impact. Now there probably are alternative ways to do that, other the hitting each other in a practice, but most teams probably don't have the money to spend on that type of equipment right away.

We'll have to wait and see how this plays out over the next couple of months to see if injuries do go down, or not.
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