A bill circulating at the State Capitol would limit high school football practices to just 90 minutes per day for full contact.
Currently, the California Interscholastic Federation limits programs to 18 hours a week.
“That’s silly,” Grant Union High School Head Coach Mike Alberghini said. “I mean, you can’t really have 90 minutes at your main practice.”
Alberghini has been coaching at Grant for decades. He says the bill would directly affect the quality of the game state-wide.
“I just think whenever you don’t allow a school to prepare how they think they need to prepare, you hurt the kids because things that are not taught will come back and haunt you during the season,” he told FOX40.
Bill author Assemblyman Ken Cooley, D-Rancho Cordova, says the true target of his legislation is to limit injury – particularly concussions.
“We have seen, in professional sports, the impact of hard hits. The evidence we had, the testimony on our committee was that younger kids who are still developing are actually more susceptible,” Cooley said Wednesday. “The hits don’t have to produce a concussion to produce long-lasting effects.”