The Seahawks’ OTAs begin Tuesday, but like many acronyms, you might be asking yourself one thing.
What does that mean?
Organized team activities — hence, OTAs — allow organizations an opportunity to meet and practice outside of minicamps and before training camp. Teams are permitted to conduct a normal football business day, complete with the usual film meetings and a typical practice. Rules state that for one OTA, clubs can schedule no more than four total hours of activity and no more than two hours of practice. All in all, players cannot be at the training facility for longer than six hours during an OTA, per the collective bargaining agreement.
Also according to the CBA, teams can conduct 14 OTAs, though the Seahawks are employing only 12 this year, in large part because they’ll have a total of nine practices over three minicamps this offseason.
For all intents and purposes, the OTAs act as a bridge between the introductory work accomplished during minicamps and the season-focused work that starts with training camp in late July.