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Blog: New rule allows required summer training, film study

This will be a different summer for Georgia football players and others around the nation as a new NCAA rule allowing more access to players goes into effect.

Georgia coaches were to meet Friday with the strength and conditioning staff to talk about the change which allows eight hours a week of required preparations for the season.

That includes running, lifting weights and up to two hours a week for film study with coaches.

“One thing that will be different is this is the first year in a long time that all strength and conditioning activity is mandatory now,” coach Mark Richt said. “There’s eight hours of activity per week that’s mandatory, similar to what you have in the spring prior to spring ball.”

Richt said in some ways it was good when players had to push for teammates to work out.

He pointed out that on-field throwing and catching work, pass protection and pass rush still isn’t mandated.

The two hours of film study may depend on the player, offensive coordinator Mike Bobo said.

“It’s probably going to have to be on a little bit of an individual basis of how you do it per player,” Bobo said. “We can meet them in the meeting room. I think it’s going to be an advantage that we’ve got to use, that everybody’s going to use to get guys ready. So when they walk into fall camp it’s not the first time they’ve heard a formation or something. Sometimes they go out there with the older guys and they’re a little bit lost.”

Here is the new rule:

Allow football student-athletes to participate in preparations for the season during an eight-week period each summer. Those weeks can include eight hours per week of required weight training and conditioning. Up to two of the eight hours can consist of film review. Student-athletes who participate in the summer activities must be enrolled in summer school or meet specific academic benchmarks. The model is similar to those adopted by men’s and women’s basketball in the last two years. Both the Football Bowl and Football Championship subdivisions supported this change.