New Jersey to dramatically limit contact in high school football practices

February 15, 2019 | Press of Atlantic City

The hard-hitting, rub-some-dirt-on-it culture of football is changing.

New Jersey high schools are leading the way with new rules governing full contact that would be the most restrictive at any level of football.

The executive committee of the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association approved on first reading drastic changes to the rules governing full contact during the preseason and regular season. The NJSIAA, which governs much high school sports in the state, defines full contact as tackling to the ground.

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