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High School football season may be shortened

July 22, 2003

High School football teams may have hit the practice field for the first time this season on Monday but their first game is still six weeks away.

Believe it or not some football coaches are complaining that is too much practice before the first game mainly because the risk of injury to their players.

Some changes could be in the works if a plan approved by the Georgia High School Association's Calendar Committee is approved by the Executive Committee this fall.

That plan, which could not be implemented until 2004 at the earliest,  would move up the start of the regular season by one week and instead of playing their ten regular season games over 12 weeks, the regular season would be finished in 11.

That would cut the pre-season practice by one week and the season would be completed by the first weekend in December.

Westover' head coach Jeff Caldwell say any plan to cut back the amount of pre-season practice sounds like a good idea.

Caldwell said "I just think we keep them out here a little too long, six weeks is alot of time before a ballgame to count something. I just think it was better for us. It didn't tire us out as much, it didn't burn us out and you didn't have the injury factory."

 The high school football regular season kicks off on August 29th and the state finals are December 19-20th.