Less contact at Thunderbirds football practice

CHEEKTOWAGA – The Cheektowaga Little Loop Athletic Association is modifying the amount of full-contact practices to increase the safety of their players.

The organization said in a press release that while under national guidelines the players can engage in full-contact practice for 90-minutes every week, the Thunderbirds will be reducing full-contact at practices.

“Effective for the 2019 playing season our Varsity football team which includes boys and girls ages 12-14 will reduce full-contact practices to 30-minutes per week during the in-season and postseason practices.  Additionally, preseason full-contact drills and scrimmages will be limited to a total of eight hours,” the release said.

The organization plans to evaluate the implementation of the reduction on all player levels.

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