30Q-2-KICKOFF (No. 13): Let the practices begin

It’s Aug. 6, a day that coaches and players have had circled on their calendar since about mid-December. At long last, it’s time for teams to strap on the pads and begin practicing. Today’s post isn’t necessarily a question, but just a look at the official beginning of the football season.

By now, teams have gone through all of their summer workout and planning sessions. They’ve participated in 7 on 7 passing leagues (my personal favorite part of the summer schedule) and are ready to start hitting. Chances are, at least a few teams have hit the field by the time you’re reading this post.

This first day of practice comes a week earlier than normal because of the decision to move the season up a week. Moving the season up was made necessary by the addition of the regional championship games. Back when the regional games were approved, the North Coast Section was one of the detractors, voting against the addition of the games. Among the reasons, aside from not wanting to play as many of 16 games, was the fear of losing the bye week in the schedule since the NCS playoffs would have to be moved up a week.

NCS commissioner Gil Lemmon, upon the regional games begin approved, immediately said that moving the whole football season up a week would be discussed as a way to maintain the bye week. Obviously, that’s what happened, and that’s why practice kicks off today. And that’s why Wednesday, Aug. 22 is the first day teams are allowed to play games. (I don’t believe we have a Wednesday game on the schedule, but Concord does play Kennedy-Fremont on Thursday, Aug. 23).

So today is the day the coaches and players have been waiting all offseason for. We plan to have a story in tomorrow’s paper about the first day of practice so be sure to keep an eye out for that.


Jimmy Durkin

Jimmy Durkin is a sports writer for the Bay Area News Group.

  • EBAL fan

    Jimmy, when will the season previews for all the east bay teams be posted in the times?

  • As of now, I believe our previews are scheduled to run either Aug. 21 or 22. We don’t have the same space in the paper this year as we have had in the past, so a bulk of the content from our previews will appear exclusively online. But we will have a chunk of it in the paper on one of those two days. Online, we’ll have just as much, if not more than we typically have.

  • Oh Boy

    Kennedy-Richmond spent their Day 1 mourning the loss of a teammate instead of getting back on the field. Ulysis Grijalva was shot and killed on sunday. Prayers to his family and team. Always a reminder that there is so much more than the game for alot of these high school kids

  • FB Guru

    So sad, my thoughts and prayers are with his family and JFK-Rich program.

  • EBfootball

    Stay strong JFK

  • RIP Ulysis.

  • moreaufan2

    Man thats sad news! Prayer go out to that family and the school and football program!

  • shabawler

    RIP young man

  • Football fan

    Hey guys, can’t wait for the season to start! Does anyone know where the west contra costa teams scrimmage? Pinole, Hercules, Richmond de anza?