The NFL's push to keep you interested year-round is on, and today they announced the offseason schedules for every team. Training Camp dates have not been announced yet, and we will have to wait a little longer for the annual schedule release which has become another event in the cycle. The Redskins will return to Richmond for training camp, and the earliest start date will be July 29th, and it will run for three weeks until around August 20th, depending on the team's preseason schedule. Below are the official rules and definitions for the workouts, offseason team activities(OTAs), and mandatory mini-camps that were announced today.
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, noted below, must occur during Phase Three of the offseason program.
Washington Redskins Schedule:
First Day: April 20
OTA Offseason Workout: May 26-28, June 2-4, June 8-11
Mandatory Minicamp: June 16-18
The Redskins also announced the date for their annual Draft Day Party at FedEx Field will be May 2nd, the third and last day of the draft.
Washington Redskins fans are invited to attend the Redskins' annual Draft Day Party presented by Geico at FedExField on Saturday, May 2, where the team's first round pick will be in attendance. Fans are also welcome to enter and cheer on those participating in the inaugural Redskins' Draft Day Dash 5K.
Admission and parking for the Draft Day Party is free for all fans. Parking lots open at 10 a.m. and fans will be admitted through the Comcast SportsNet Gate (Gate H) at 11 a.m. For more details on the Draft Day Party and to register for the event, visit www.Redskins.com/DraftDay.
The Draft Day Dash 5K will take place at 11:30 a.m. at FedExField, where the course will lead participants around and through the stadium, finishing at the 50-yard-line. Fans interested in participating can sign up at www.redskins.com/5K. All participants will receive an official Draft Day Dash t-shirt, a commemorative pin and more. Kids can participate in Redskins PLAY 60 Fun Run heats throughout the afternoon.