- There is no rule stating practices must be open, Tom. The CFL encourages this, but it is the team's call as to whether this is done or not.
Teams should be encouraged to develop policies -- as I understood the TIcats have -- regarding where the public is allowed to sit in their facilities, for example one specific section of the stands.
All unauthorized personnel who violate this should be immediately confronted and ejected if they do not comply with a direct request to relocate their position(s) in the stands during practice.
As long as practices are public, observers can witness team preparations, glean injury statuses, etc. The team has to be vigilant re note-taking, use of electronic devices, etc. It comes with the territory that there is always a risk that information may be surreptitiously transmitted to another club.
If teams want to ensure their preparations are secret, close the practices.
Be clear: these are TEAM CONCERNS first and foremost. Cohon Constables will not be sent to every practice facility to enforce this.
- There should be a stated policy against deliberate taping of coaches' signals across the league. If teams want to circumvent this, they can try. However, in lieu of radio communication being available for play calls to a QB or a defensive player, the league should explicitly prohibit the practice. Enforcement is a whole other issue, but the principle has to be clear.
In practical terms, though, it is very hard to capitalize on signal acquisition and apply it for success. A team might can insight into the type of plays a team likes to call in a given game situation, but you get as much out of coach's tape of that than anything else. With a 20-second play clock and audibling, it's pretty difficult to "steal" a signal on the fly, adjust one's play to counter the opponent, and practically use that info to win.
Teams will adopt dummy signals and multiple signalers to make that even more difficult. Yes, it's silly in the abstract, but that's what exists in baseball. LMAO
What the league wants to do is effectively limit spying behaviour. To suggest that it could be eliminated is a bit of a stretch as long as publicly-accessible open-air facilities are used.
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