August 31, 2005
Illinois Mens Basketball Making Most Of New NCAA Ruling
Preseason mens basketball workouts will get a unique twist
this season as the adoption of NCAA By-Law 17.5.6, termed Out-of-Season
Athletically Related Activities, affects the way Northern Illinois
and all NCAA basketball programs can spend their workout time each
week in preparation for the upcoming season.
Teams will still
be allowed to schedule a maximum of eight hours of workout activities
each week, with a maximum of two hours being devoted to skill instruction.
The other six hours of activity is typically designated for strength
and conditioning purposes.
The new twist
on the two hours of skill instruction will allow coaches to workout
with the entire team instead of the previously mandated number of
four student-athletes per workout. If coaches choose, workouts may
now include the entire roster of student-athletes, allowing for
organized practices to technically begin August 1, 2005.
of this new rule will allow us to begin building on our team concept
early on in the academic year, head coach Rob Judson said.
We will still use one hour a week for individual skill instruction,
but we will use that second hour for team workouts and drills. We
will continue to use the remaining six hours for strength and conditioning
mens basketball held its first team instruction
period on Tuesday (Aug. 30), with all 13 Huskies participating.
In addition to skill instruction, the team focused on the defensive
aspects of the game.