Coaches, players talk new IHSA rules for football practices

Lake Zurich’s Dylan Schassler (left) is tackled to the ground by Mundelein’s Dillon O’Donoghue during a game Sept. 20 of last season. | File

LAKE ZURICH — High school football coaches and players around Lake County have varying opinions about the new contact rules implemented by the IHSA in April.

For the first time in Illinois, players were not allowed to wear full pads or participate in full-contact drills this summer. Tackling to the ground was made off limits, too. The changes are an effort by the IHSA to limit head injuries like concussions and lesser sub-concussive hits, which some scientists believe can be equally dangerous to kids whose brains are still developing.

“The interesting thing is, me and my staff keep track of the numbers and statistics in all our sports,” Libertyville coach Mike Jones said. “And believe it or not, last year, football wasn’t the sport we had the most concussions in at our school. And I don’t want to single any one sport out either, because the numbers seem to vary from year to year.

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