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CIAC alters practice requirements for fall season

POSTED September 02, 2011
BY Patrick Tiscia
Twitter: @PatrickTiscia

As the countdown to opening night of the high school football season continues to go down (13 days as of Friday), the CIAC stepped in and lowered its requirement of at least 14 days of practice prior to the start of the season due to the recent weather activity.

Whether teams have practiced enough is now at the discretion of the schools.

Here’s a brief clip of the statement released today:

* Member schools will be given the responsibility of determining the physical readiness of their athletes and teams to begin competition in any sport that was unable to complete fourteen days of practice at all levels of play. Member schools have been doing just this for years with individual athletes as the fourteen day regulation is a team regulation and not an individual player regulation.

* If it is determined by the school that additional practice days are needed the school should postpone and reschedule games/meets as necessary.

Like the NFL, due to the lockout this summer, it’ll be interesting to see if the quality of play in the early part of the season will suffer.

Torrington, in particular, has no time to waste with a near impossible game scheduled for Week 1 at Ansonia.  Back in my Register Citizen days, we once spent hours going through the archives looking to see if Torrington had ever won a game in Ansonia.

We were not able to 100 percent verify if Torrington has, but with near certainty, we can say the Red Raiders haven’t won there in at least 20-25 years.

This year may be Torrington’s best shot in many, thanks to the return of Brenden Lytton, who set the high school football scene ablaze in Connecticut with over 2,000 yards rushing in 2010.

As opening day nears, we’ll continue to have more coverage (previews, features, predictions, reviews) on the local high school football scene.

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