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Football: Coaches Voice Disapproval Over Proposal To Start Season Earlier

Posted: July 13, 2014 at 1:30 a.m.

FILE PHOTO Chandler Smith, left, of Shiloh Christian races for a first down while pursued by Heber Springs’ Dalton Darrell, right, and Geoffrey Anderson during the third quarter of the Saints’ game Sept. 1, 2011, in the 2011 Hooten’s Kickoff at Reynolds Razorback Stadium in Fayetteville. A proposal the Arkansas Activities Association is considering this summer would move the start of the prep football season in Arkansas up one week starting in 2016.

Arkansas' high school football teams still have another seven weeks before they play the first game on this year's schedules, but there are already possible plans in the works for future seasons.

At A Glance

When Do They Start?

Arkansas’ high schools will vote on a proposal Aug. 6 that, if passed, would move the start of football season one week earlier, beginning in 2016. The following is when each state and the District of Columbia will begin its 2014 season, according to the respective state’s high school athletic association.

Aug. 11-15 — Alaska, Vermont

Aug. 18-22 — Alabama, Colorado, Indiana, Kentucky, Missouri*, North Carolina, South Carolina, Wisconsin

Aug. 25-29 — Arizona, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Iowa, Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, West Virginia, Wyoming

Sept. 1-5 — Arkansas, California, Delaware, Kansas, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Oklahoma, Oregon, Washington

Sept. 8-12 — Connecticut

* — Missouri moved its season one week earlier beginning this year.

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