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Thursday, August 6, 2015
Cross Country (B), Cross Country (G), Football, Swimming & Diving (G), Tennis (G), Volleyball

Football Kicks Off The Year

By John Millea (MSHSL)

In most years, all fall sports begin practice on the same Monday in August. This year is a little different, thanks to a football season that is unlike any others.

Football practices begin Monday across our state, with other fall sports opening practice a week later on Aug. 17. Football is getting a head start at the beginning of the season because of what will happen at the end of the season: the Prep Bowl.

Normally, Prep Bowl games are held on Thanksgiving weekend. But last year and this year, the schedule is different due to the Metrodome being torn down and the new Vikings stadium being constructed. The 2014 Prep Bowl games were held at the University of Minnesota’s stadium the week before Thanksgiving, and this season those state championship games will be held there two weeks before Thanksgiving. In 2016 and beyond, Prep Bowl games will be played at the new stadium on Thanksgiving weekend.

Due to the football season ending two weeks earlier than usual, football practice is starting earlier and there will be only two weeks of practice prior to the first games instead of the usual three weeks. This is a one-year change, and the MSHSL sports medicine advisory committee has studied and approved the shortened preparation time.

Football season openers will be played on Saturday, Aug. 22, with game times ranging from 10:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Don’t be surprised, however, if some games are moved to 7:30 or 8 p.m. if heat and humidity become a concern.

Practices for cross-country, girls tennis, volleyball, soccer and girls swimming and diving will begin Aug. 17. The first competition date of 2015-16 is Aug. 20, when girls tennis teams can play their first matches. Other fall sports can have their first competitions on Aug. 27 and adapted soccer teams will begin practice on Aug. 31.

(John Millea is employed by the Minnesota State High School League.  This article appeared under the "John's Journal" tab at  Used with permission.)


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