Logistics a plenty at Cardinals Training Camp

GLENDALE, Ariz. – Rookies arrived for Arizona Cardinals’ training camp on Tuesday, while the veterans are expected to report to University of Phoenix Stadium on Friday to take for the ever-popular run test, and speak to the media for the first time since the end of minicamp.

Just to give you more of an inside look at the logistics of training camp, and how things run there, we thought we’d rip a few pages from the NFL’s Collective Bargaining Agreement, and give you a “birds-eye” view of how things go down behind the scenes for the Cardinals at training camp.

This information is verbatim from the 2011 CBA, so just bear with the legal speak as you read this (it’s quite interesting reading):

Article 23

Preseason Training Camps

Section 2. Room and Board: All players will receive room and board during the pre-season training camp, and housing between training camp and the Tuesday prior to their Club’s first regular season game for those players who have not as yet established residence in the Team city.

Section 3. First-year Player Per Diem: A first-year player will receive “per diem” payments, commencing with the first day of Preseason Training Camp and ending one week prior to the Club’s first regular season game, at the following weekly rates for the respective League Years: $1,000 (2015–16 League Years.

Section 4. Veteran Per Diem: A veteran player will receive “per diem” payments, commencing with the first day of Preseason Training Camp and ending one week prior to the Club’s first regular season game, at the following weekly rates for the respective League Years: $1,800 (2015–16 League Years).

Section 5. Reporting: (a) No veteran player other than quarterbacks and injured players will be required to report to a Club’s official preseason training camp earlier than fifteen days (including one day for physical examinations, meetings, classroom instruction, running, and conditioning) prior to his Club’s first scheduled preseason game or July 15, whichever is later.

(b) No Rookie or first-year player will be required to report to a Club’s official preseason training camp earlier than seven days prior to the earliest permissible mandatory reporting date for that Club’s veteran players.

Section 6. Conduct of Practices:
 (a) The first day of a Club’s preseason training camp shall be limited to physical examinations, meetings, and classroom instruction; no on-field activities shall be permitted other than running and conditioning. No contact shall be permitted and no pads shall be worn during the second and third days of Preseason Training Camp. Thereafter, two-a-day practices shall be permitted, subject to the following rules: (i) players may be on the field for a total of no more than four hours per day; (ii) players may participate in no more than one padded practice per day, which shall be no longer than three hours of on-field activities; (iii) there must be at least a three hour break after the practice; and (iv) the second practice on the same day may only be for a maximum of the remaining available on-field time, and shall be limited to only “walk-through” instruction (i.e., no helmets, full-speed pre-snap, and walking pace after the snap). The three-hour limit on padded practices shall begin as soon as position coaches begin to coach players on the field.

(b) It shall not be a violation of any provision of this Agreement pertaining to the prohibition or limitation on wearing of helmets or shoulder pads, nor shall it constitute a “padded practice,” if: (i) quarterbacks, kickers, punters, and/or long-snappers only wear helmets and/or shoulder pads during practice at the option of the player; (ii) a player who, because of a head injury, is directed by the Club physician to wear a helmet as a precautionary measure at all practices; or (iii) the quarterback and/or the defensive player who receives signals from the coaching staff via helmet communication wear helmets during the team period in which helmets are used for such communication.

Section 8. Expenses: Clubs will reimburse all players under contract for reasonable traveling expenses incurred in reaching Preseason Training Camp from the players’ residences, upon submission of vouchers. There will be no deductions by the Clubs for these payments. Players who are released by a Club will be reimbursed for their return trips to their residences, upon submission of vouchers.

Section 9. Definition of “Preseason Training Camp”: For purposes of this Article, the term “Preseason Training Camp” shall be deemed to include the entire period from the beginning of training camp for any player through the last weekend of preseason games played by clubs during the league year in question.

Section 10. Films: Clubs shall film all on-field activities from preseason training camp, and shall maintain a copy of such films until thirty days after the start of the regular season. The NFLPA may view such films (after signing a confidentiality agreement satisfactory to the NFL at the start of each League Year) only upon the filing of a complaint alleging a violation of this Article.

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