By Ray Hamill — Practice for football and the other fall season sports will begin on December 14, the North Coast Section announced on Monday.
The NCS calendar for the year was released shortly after the CIF’s announcement that the high school sports seasons will be pushed back to the new year, condensing the three traditional sports seasons into two.
The NCS also announced that summer rules in regard to offseason practices will be extended through December.
Locally, football, girls volleyball and boys and girls cross country all can begin practice on December 14.
Football teams will be allowed one scrimmage between Christmas Day and January 2, providing the players have had at least 10 days of practice, with the regular season kicking off on January 6 and running through March 20.
The NCS playoffs will begin the following weekend and run for three weeks before one week of state playoff competition, instead of the usual two.
Volleyball and cross country will complete their seasons before the end of March.
The spring will be a busy time for local prep sports, with nine sports slated to run at the same time, most of them featuring boys and girls competition.
Soccer gets things started, with the first day of practice on February 22 and the NCS championships scheduled to be completed by the end of May.
Wrestling and tennis practice will begin on March 8, while baseball, softball, basketball, golf and track and field will all begin practice on March 15.
Baseball, softball and basketball playoffs will all run simultaneously in June.
The NCS wrestling championships will be held on June 4 and 5, with the state meet one week later.