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The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have announced their offseason schedule, and we have all the dates and details for you.

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The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have announced their mini-camp dates, with a voluntary mini-camp taking place from Tuesday, April 22 through Thursday, April 24. The rookie mini-camp will be held from Friday, May 16 through Sunday, May 18, while the team will schedule another mandatory mini-camp from Tuesday, June 10 through Thursday, June 12.

The Bucs are allowed to conduct this extra, pre-draft mini-camp because they hired a new head coach this offseason. The pre-draft mini-camp is mostly meant to allow Lovie Smith and his coordinators to install their schemes and familiarize themselves with players on the practice field. The Bucs can also hold any number of mini-camps for rookies during the seven-week period starting on May 16, which is known as the Rookie Football Development Program.

All of these workouts are heavily restricted per the 2011 collective bargaining agreement, with no contact or pads permitted at any of the team's mini-camps, although offense-versus-defense drills are allowed. Below is the general structure of the Bucs' workouts, based on the limits set in the 2011 CBA and Tampa Bay's announced offseason practices.

Start End Activities Limitations
Monday, April 7 Friday, April 18 Strength and conditioning and rehabilitation, only. No on-field coaching, no supervision by coaches who are not strength and conditioning coaches. No footballs, except quarterbacks can throw to uncovered receivers. No helmets.
Monday, April 21 Friday, May 9 On-field workouts with coaches, individual drills. No live contact, no offense vs. defense drills, individually or as teams. No helmets.
Monday, April 21 Thursday, April 24 Voluntary mini-camp Physicals on Monday, no other workouts on that day. Two-a-day practices allowed on two of three days. 3.5 hours on-field work per day, maximum. 2.5 hours per practice, maxmimum. Second practice in one day is a walk-through. No shells.
Friday, May 16 Sunday, May 18 Rookie mini-camp Two-a-day practices allowed on two of three days. 3.5 hours on-field work per day, maximum. 2.5 hours per practice, maxmimum. Second practice in one day is a walk-through. No shells.
Friday, May 16 Sunday, June 6 Rookie Football Development Program No activities on weekends, outside the rookie mini-camp. Maximum of ten hours' per-day club activities.
Monday, May 19 Friday, June 5 Offseason Team Activities (OTAs) Ten total OTA days. Three days in each of the first two weeks, four days in the third week. No live contact, no one-on-one offense vs. defense drills. Team offense vs. team defense drills are allowed. Helmets are allowed, shells are not allowed.
Monday, June 10 Thursday, June 12 Mandatory mini-camp Physicals on Monday, no other workouts on that day. Two-a-day practices allowed on two of three days. 3.5 hours on-field work per day, maximum. 2.5 hours per practice, maxmimum. Second practice in one day is a walk-through. No shells.