STEVENS POINT, WI -

The WIAA Board of Control has approved guidelines to limit full contact in high school football practices in Wisconsin hoping to limit injuries.

The Board approved a recommendation supported by the Wisconsin Football Coaches Association, the Sports Medical Advisory Committee and the Executive Staff that places limitations on player-to-player contact that simulates live game action in practices.

Player-on-player contact drills are divided into five categories, and limitations are placed on the competition/full contact designations.

For the first week of practice, no full contact is permitted.

In the second week of practice, full contact is limited to 75 minutes per week, excluding a scrimmage; and for the third week and beyond, 60 minutes of full contact is permitted per week, excluding games.

The new guidelines are in effect for the upcoming high school football season.