CHSAA bumps start of high school football season to February, first games in March


DENVER (KDVR) – The Colorado High School Activities Association has announced its plans for sports to resume, and it includes bumping some fall sports to the late winter and early spring.

In a copy of the schedule that was sent to athletic directors and obtained by FOX31, sports are divided into four groups. Season A begins this week and next week, Season B will begin the first week of January, Season C begins in late February and early March and Season D begins at the end of April.

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High school basketball will begin practices on Jan. 4, football will begin practices Feb. 22 and baseball will not begin until April 26.

“Spring ball?  I don’t know if I’m looking forward to that especially with less games and it’s in the hot weather with helmets and pads. I don’t know,” Jay Barry, a wide receiver for the Denver East High School Angles football team said.

Click here to watch the Zoom discussion with CHSAA Commissioner Rhonda Blanford-Green.

The schedule presents new challenges with different seasons overlapping than an past years. For some student athletes, especially football players, there are also concerns that adjusted schedules could impact college recruitment.

“Now the coaches can’t look at me for my games. I have no film to put on for my senior year,” said Barry, who will likely have to commit to a college before the football season starts.

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The chart below shows practice and competition start dates, as well as the expected number of contests and tentative championship dates.

Season APracticeFirst CompetitionChampionship (tentative)Max Contests
Cross Country8/128/1210/177
Boys Golf8/38/610/5 & 10/6198 holes
Boys Tennis8/108/139/25-9/26See bulletin
Season B
Basketball1/41/73/616 (4A/5A); 13 (1A-3A)
Ice Hockey1/41/7TBD13
Skiing1/41/72/26See bulletin
Competitive Spirit1/41/7TBDN/A
Sideline Spirit1/4N/AN/AN/A
Girls Swimming1/41/7TBD7 + league
Wrestling1/41/73/67 duals + 7 days
Season C
Field Hockey3/13/4TBD10
Boys Soccer3/13/4TBD10
Unified Bowling3/13/4TBD6
Girls Volleyball3/13/45/116
Season D
Baseball4/264/296/2616 (2A-5A); 13 (1A)
Girls Golf4/264/29TBD198 holes
Boys Lacrosse4/264/29TBD10
Girls Lacrosse4/264/296/2310
Girls Soccer4/264/29TBD10
Boys Swimming4/264/29TBD7 + league
Girls Tennis4/264/296/11-12See bulletin
Track and Field4/264/29TBD8
Boys Volleyball4/264/296/1916
Student LeadershipTypical Schedule
MusicTypical Schedule
Speech – Festival10/11/30
Speech – Tournament11/13/20

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