We are one week away from the beginning of the San Francisco 49ers offseason program. The dates listed below (all subject to change) outline the team's schedule for the coming months.
With a new head coach, the 49ers could have started workouts on April 4, but Kyle Shanahan opted to push everything back a week to give his coaches more time to prepare. Also below are the rules for the offseason program as detailed by the Collective Bargaining Agreement.
First Day of Offseason Workouts: April 10
Phase 1: April 10-13, April 18-21
Phase 2: May 1-4, May 8-11, May 16-18
OTAs: May 22-23, May 25, May 30-31, June 2, June 5-6, June 8-9
Voluntary Minicamp: April 25-27
Rookie Minicamp: May 5-7
Mandatory Minicamp: June 13-15
NFL OFFSEASON PROGRAM RULES
Voluntary offseason workout programs are intended to provide training, teaching and physical conditioning for players.
As per Article 21 of the Collective Bargaining Agreement, each club’s official, voluntary nine-week offseason program is conducted in three phases:
Phase One consists of the first two weeks of the program with activities limited to strength and conditioning and physical rehabilitation only.
Phase Two consists of the next three weeks of the program. On-field workouts may include individual player instruction and drills as well as team practice conducted on a “separates” basis. No live contact or team offense vs. team defense drills are permitted.
Phase Three consists of the next four weeks of the program. Teams may conduct a total of 10 days of organized team practice activity, or “OTAs”. No live contact is permitted, but 7-on-7, 9-on-7, and 11-on-11 drills are permitted.
Article 22 of the Collective Bargaining Agreement stipulates that clubs may hold one mandatory minicamp for veteran players. This minicamp must occur during Phase Three of the offseason program.
New head coaches are entitled to conduct an additional voluntary veteran minicamp. Any voluntary minicamp for veteran players must be conducted prior to the NFL Draft (April 27-29), but no earlier than week three of the club’s offseason workout program and after at least one week of the two weeks of Phase One activities that the clubs may hold pursuant to Article 21.
Each club may hold a rookie football development program for a period of seven weeks, which in 2017 may begin on May 15. During this period, no activities may be held on weekends, with the exception of one post-NFL Draft rookie minicamp, which may be conducted on either the first or second weekend following the draft.
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