ABILENE, Texas - The NCAA enacted several rule changes in mid-April that will impact college and high school football.
A big rule that goes into effect for the 2017 season is the elimination of two-a-day practices.
Colleges can now only have one contact practice, followed by a three-hour recovery period and a walk-through without helmets and pads per day.
High school football players will also be able to take official visits to colleges earlier. Starting in 2018, players can visit a college from April to June of their junior year.
Previously players had to wait until their senior year, which could make it difficult to find available weekends to visit colleges.
The NCAA also created an early signing period in December. The signing period will only last three days, but gives players a chance to sign their letters of intent if they want to end their recruiting process earlier than the current system which started with National Signing Day in early February.
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