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MIAA football players trade summer vacation for preseason on Tuesday

MIAA football players trade summer vacation for preseason on Tuesday

Summer vacation ends early for Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association football players who return to the gridiron Tuesday, the first day of fall sports practice. With some teams scheduled to scrimmage as early as Aug. 13, players need the time to complete the heat acclimatization process, which allows one single-session practice of two and a half hours for the first five days. Players can practice only in helmets the first two days and full contact is prohibited until the sixth day of practice. Public school teams won't begin practice until Aug. 12 when athletes in all sports begin the same process. Public school teams begin practice later because they have more time until...

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