With the high school football season right around the corner in West Central Illinois, teams will be getting a chance to start practices a little earlier this year.
Normally the first official day of practice is on Wednesday, but IHSA spokesman Matt Troha says it’s being bumped up a couple of days.
“I know the coaches like that better now because there is a five day build up period and then you can do the full pads,” says Troha.
“So this year they will be able to go Monday through Friday and then they will have their first full pad practice on Saturday.”
Troha says teams will get a few extra days on the field this year and that should benefit teams across state.
“I know it made it a little awkward for people last year because it started on a Wednesday and then didn’t get into full pads until Tuesday,” says Troha.
“It was kind of a different thing and I think a lot of people like that part of this as well,” says Troha.
Teams will be allowed to hit the field on Monday. Jacksonville High School kicks off week one at home against Lanphier on August 29 at 7:00 p.m.
The state championship weekend is scheduled for November 28 and 29 in Champaign.