First Day of Practice for UM?

Submitted by uniqenam on July 8th, 2010 at 8:37 PM

Does anyone know when the first day of practice for football is?  I'm assuming beginning of August, I just want to know when I can start expecting nifty tid bits about this or that.


Thanks guys!



July 8th, 2010 at 9:23 PM ^

Just sitting here on this page for some time now waiting for an answer and still nobody has said a thing. I will give my input. When I searched Google all I could find was the '08 season and that started on August 4th. My assumption would be that this year it begins on August 2nd because the 4th was the first Monday of August in '08 and the 2nd is the first Monday this year. Not a fact, but just my estimate. Go Blue!


July 8th, 2010 at 10:04 PM ^ 2008 was on 30 August, so perhaps since this season the first game is on 4 September, the preseason practice will begin five days later than in 2008 or on Monday, 9 August.  That's speculation of course. 

This is not.  Here are the rules from the Division I Manual:

17.02.11 Practice Units. In determining the first permissible preseason practice date, an institution shall count back from its first scheduled contest, one unit for each day beginning with the opening of classes, one unit for each day classes are not in session in the week of the first scheduled intercollegiate contest and two units for each other day in the preseason practice period, except that the institution shall not count any units during the preseason when all institutional dormitories are closed, the institution’s team must leave campus, and practice is not conducted. (Adopted: 1/10/91 effective 8/1/91, Revised: 1/10/92, 4/14/03) Sunday. Sundays are excluded from the counting. (Adopted: 1/10/91 effective 8/1/91) Week. The “week” of the first scheduled intercollegiate contest is defined as the six days, excluding Sunday, preceding the date of competition (even if one or more of the days fall into different traditional calendar weeks). (Adopted: 1/10/91 effective 8/1/91) Opening Day of Classes. The “opening day of classes” is defined as the first day of classes as listed in the member institution’s official catalog. Required freshman orientation is not considered to be the opening day of classes for the academic year. (Adopted: 1/10/91 effective 8/1/91) First Day of Practice. The first day of practice may be conducted on the day when the last practice unit occurs, which is determined by counting backward from the day of the first permissible regularly scheduled contest. For example, in women’s volleyball, practice may be held on the day that the 29th practice unit actually occurs, counting backward from the day of the first permissible regularly scheduled contest. (Adopted: 12/10/97, Revised: 4/14/03) First Practice Date. [FBS/FCS] A member institution shall not commence official preseason football practice sessions, for the varsity, junior varsity or freshman team, prior to the date that will permit a maximum of 40 units (see Bylaw 17.02.11) prior to its first scheduled intercollegiate game. During the preseason practice period, institutions may not engage in more than 29 on-field practice sessions (see Bylaw

Following these rules, the first day of practice is 9 August. One practice unit each for 28, 30, 31 Aug and 1, 2, and 3 Sep (6 units) plus two practice units each for 9 - 14 Aug, 16 - 21 Aug, and 23 - 27 Aug (34 units) equals 40 practice units. The Fall 2010 term begins on 7 September, so the portion of 17.02.11 that discusses days after the start of classes is not applicable.