Originally posted by cciowa:
hey guys,, real quick,,,, is what they are doing now with this conditioning stuff different than what they were doing two years ago?Did some things change in regards to OTA"s and what is allowed in the aftermath of the strike last year?? thank you
I think so. Is has to do with coaching contact and the amount of practices in pads.
From the Post-Gazette:
According to the new CBA, teams can no longer have two-a-day practices at training camp, even though some teams already have done so in the past. The Steelers very rarely, if ever, have two practices in pads on the same day at Saint Vincent College.
Teams still are allowed to have a session in the morning and a practice in the afternoon, but those morning practices will be nothing more than a walk-through, which means players will show up in shorts and T-shirts but no equipment, not even helmets.
Rooney said the players will get more days off during the season and practice in pads only one day a week. When they get to the final five weeks of the regular season, teams can practice in pads one day a week in only three of those weeks. That means they will not practices in pads in two of those five weeks.
In addition to in-season reductions, the offseason practice schedule has been cut back, as well. Offseason training activities -- commonly known as OTAs -- have been reduced from 14 to 10 weeks.