No Change to the 2015 Pre-Season Calendar
6/10/2015 - At the meeting on Tuesday, June 9, the MIAA Board of Directors voted to table the Rule Change Considerations proposed by the Football and Sports Medicine Committees related to Preseason, Practice and Contact. As a result, MIAA Handbook rules related to preseason football practice will remain unchanged for the fall of 2015 (Ref. Rules 35.1, 69.4.2, 69.5.1 and 69.5.2).
The Board has committed to address this issue in December and consider implementation in advance of the 2016 fall season. The Board recommends that the proposal be discussed among the membership during the 2015 Fall District Workshops and league meetings.
The proposal by the Football/Sports Medicine Committees will remain on the MIAA website as a resource for schools and is available at this link.
While the Football/Sports Medicine Committee proposal was not adopted for the 2015 season, the topics of limited contact and heat acclimatization remain priorities. In reference to these topics, below are links to resources that your school may wish to consider prior to the upcoming football preseason.
Please note – there is a new MIAA Handbook Rule 69.5.5 that addresses contact during the regular season and will be in effect when the new handbook is published on July 1, 2015. The new rule states: “Beginning the first Monday after Labor Day, no football team shall conduct more than 2 practices of full contact per week. For the purposes of the rule “full contact” is contact at game speed where players execute full tackles at a competitive pace taking players to the ground. A team may continue to dress in full pads for practice, but may only participate in live action drills and game time simulations no more than 2 practices per week.”
Pre-Season Calendar Vote June 9th
6/3/2015 - The MIAA Board of Directors will vote regarding the proposed pre-season calendar changes this coming Tuesday, June 9th. The proposal being voted on does contain an amendment to allow a scrimmage on Saturday August 29th. We understand that many of you have already communicated off-season dates to parents and some of you have put down deposits on overnight camps. We would recommend reaching out your area representative on the MIAA Board of Directors to voice your concerns. The MHSFCA has done all we can to voice our concern over the timing of this vote and the inconvenience it causes coaches and families.
The pre-season calendar proposed changes are below, in red, except for the first scrimmage should be on the second Saturday. Please see the attached proposal/calendar
Joe Yukica - NH Chapter Spring Football Clinic May 29th
5/27/2015 - Exeter high school in Exeter, New Hampshire will host the 19th annual Joe Yukica New Hampshire Chapter National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame Spring Clinic Friday May 29th. The clinic begins at 5pm and runs until 9:30pm for $30. Click here for more information or contact Bill Ball, Head Coach Exeter HS 603-502-8803.
Football Camps at UMass-Lowell
5/12/2015, Sports International Football Camps is offering 5 Academies this Summer at UMass-Lowell in Lowell, Mass and are looking for coaches. If interested, please visit www.footballcamps.com and click on the employment tab to apply. If any of your players are interested in attending please pass along the discount code “TEAM2015.” This is good for $50.00 off and will get them free gear as well. Call (301) 575-9400 if you have any questions.
Football Camp - Lords of the Gridiron
5/8/2015 - Boston Institute of Football - Lords of the Gridiron Weekly Position Specific Skill Development Clinic. Sundays from 10-12 or 1-3pm at Lawrence High’s Veteran’s Memorial Stadium. Offers elite skill development for all positions. Featuring former professional WR Luke McArdle and Quarterbacks Coach Marc Hordon. Contact email@example.com or at (617) 594-6648. The fee is $40 per player, team discounts and need based scholarships are available. Please visit the Boston Institute of Football website (above in red) for more information.
Cardinal Spellman & Masconomet host Lineman Challenges
4/27/2015 - Cardinal Spellman & Masconomet have released the dates for their Lineman Challenges. Masconomet located in Topsfield will host their challenge June 19th. Cardinal Spellman located in Brockton will host their challenge on Friday June 26th.
Both challenges are for high school lineman only. Each team is allowed 5 players per team and schools can enter more than one team. Registration begins at 4pm and events begin a 4:30pm. All athletes receive a t-shirt and the fee is $150. For more information please click on the links.
Haverhill Passing League needs a team
4/22/2015 - The Haverhill summer passing league is looking for 1 team. The league will run 5 Sunday nights this summer. Anyone interested should contact Coach Tim O'Connor - 978-852-8528
Eastern Mass Middle School Football League
4/8/2015 - The Eastern Massachusetts Middle School Football League is currently looking to add two new teams to the current League. The league has two conferences with eight teams in each. Adding two teams will provide an eight game schedule. This league is entering its 7th season. Contact Dave Bohane for more information firstname.lastname@example.org or 781-603-3599
North Quincy Lineman Challenges- June 27th
4/7/2015 - North Quincy will be hosting a Lineman Challenge June 27th at Veterans Memorial Stadium in Quincy. The event is open to all teams and will begin at 10am. Each team can only have 5 players and lunch is included in the $160 registration fee. Click here for more information.
Framingham State University 7v7 Tournament June 28th
4/1/2015 - FSU will be holding a 7v7 Tournament on campus Sunday June 28th. Each team will play at least 4 games on the FSU field turf fields. Please click here for more information or contact Aynsley Rosenbaum at email@example.com
Northeast Lineman Challenge, July 11th
4/1/2015 - Northeast Metro Tech will hold its annual Lineman Challenge on July 11th at 10am. Teams are requested to register before May 23rd. For more information click here or contact Don Heres.
QB Focus Elite Football Academy
3/23/2015 - QB Focus/NE Elite Football Clinic is designed for quarterbacks and all skill position players. As always instruction will be given at the highest level. The clinic is April 25th & 26th at Bentley University, 9am to 3pm both day. Click here for more information or visit qbfocus.com
MHSFCA Annual Banquet & Award Winners
3/17/2015- The Executive Board has announced the that the annual banquet will be held at Lantanas in Randolph on Sunday April 26th. The event will begin with a 4pm social hour followed by dinner and the presentation of our awards.
The awards include; Hall of Fame, Assistant Coach of the Year, Distinguished Service, Media Award and the Paul Costello Courageous Player, Click here to see the complete list.
Tickets for the event can be secured by contacting Sandy Ruggles or Tom Lopez.
Executive Board Meeting Changed
3/7/2015 - The MHSFCA March Executive Board meeting has been changed to Wednesday the 11th of March to accommodate the South Regional MIAA open meeting (playoffs) on the 12th at Bridgewater-Raynham (4pm). The North MIAA meeting is at Beverly HS on Tuesday the 10th beginning at 6pm.
University of New Hampshire - tackling without helmets
UNH was recently featured in a Monday Morning Quarterback article for thinking outside the box when it comes to teaching players how to tackle without helmets. Click here to read
July 11th, 10am
Northeast Lineman Challenge
100 Hemlock Rd, Wakefield MA
July 12th, 10am
Framingham State 7v7
220 Maple Street, Framingham
July 18th, 10am
Northeast 7v7 North Regional
Exeter HS, Exeter, NH
July 19th, 10am
Northeast 7v7 South Regional
Oliver Ames HS, Easton, MA
July 25th, 10am
Northeast 7v7, East Regional
Bishop Fenwick HS, Peabody MA
July 25th & 26th, 8am-2:30pm
Complete QB Camp
Mansfield HS & Stadium
250 East Street
July 29th, 4pm
Northeast 7v7 New England Championship
Bishop Fenwick HS, Peabody MA
First Practice in pads