Are you already counting the days until the high school basketball season begins? Those of us who cannot get enough basketball are anxiously awaiting the first practices, as well as the beginning games of the season.

The AAU and traveling leagues have already started their summer and fall leagues. However, high schools follow a much more regimented schedule.

The high school basketball season is just around the corner. Winter sports commonly begin after Thanksgiving Day, with practices beginning a week or two before, but it differs from region to region.

Many states restrict practices until the football season has concluded, while others have differing regulations for the girls’ and boys’ programs. Some states even differentiate between schools that have football programs and those that do not.

States also have different high school basketball season lengths. Most structure the games around the school year calendar and allow roughly nine to ten school weeks for the season to develop. However, others base their seasons on the number of games played. Either way, all aim to end post-season tournaments right when spring sports startup.

For better visualization, here is a quick listing of each state and the dates for the time that coaching and organized practices can begin. Many states allow for “open gym” time before these practices, but the first eligible game, not including preseason scrimmages, is in the second column.

The sectional dates are approximated in states where the schools are divided into a class system. The actual start date will depend on the school’s class. The ending date may also be approximated depending on how far a school progresses in the tournament.

2019-2020
AbbrevStateBoys/GirlsCoachingBeginsSectionalEnds
ALAlabamaBoth21-Oct7-Nov3-Feb1-Mar
AKAlaskaBoth4-Dec19-Dec14-Mar1-Apr
AZArizonaBoth4-Nov25-Nov13-Feb1-Mar
ARArkansasBothAfter FB (11/3)10-Nov2-Feb8-Mar
CACaliforniaGirls29-Oct19-Nov13-Feb10-Mar
Boys29-Oct19-Nov12-Feb10-Mar
COColoradoBoth18-Nov2-Dec23-Feb9-Mar
CTConnecticutBoth5-Dec19-Dec9-Mar23-Mar
DEDelawareBoth11-Nov4-Dec3-Mar15-Mar
FLFloridaBoth4-Nov25-Nov8-Feb8-Mar
GAGeorgiaBoth15-Oct8-Nov17-Feb1-Mar
HIHawaiiGirls4-Nov4-Nov27-Jan1-Mar
Boys11-Nov11-Nov10-Feb1-Mar
IDIdahoGirls4-Nov15-Nov20-Feb15-Mar
Boys15-Nov30-NovMar-1915-Mar
ILIllinoisGirls4-Nov18-Nov20-Feb31-Mar
Boys11-Nov25-Nov24-Feb21-Mar
INIndianaGirls21-Oct4-Nov4-Feb14-Mar
Boys11-Nov25-Nov3-Mar28-Mar
IAIowaBoth18-Nov2-Dec24-Feb13-Mar
KSKansasBoth18-Nov5-Dec24-Feb14-Mar
KYKentuckyBoth15-Oct2-Dec24-Feb10-Mar
LALouisianaBoth14-Oct18-Nov22-Feb14-Mar
MEMaineBoth18-Nov6-Dec23-Feb25-Mar
MDMarylandBoth15-Nov5-Dec28-Feb14-Mar
MAMassachusettsBoth4-Nov6-Dec23-Feb3-Mar
MIMichiganGirls11-Nov2-Dec2-Mar21-Mar
Boys18-Nov9-Dec9-Mar28-Mar
MNMinnesotaGirls11-Nov29-Nov24-Feb14-Mar
Boys18-Nov29-Nov24-Feb21-Mar
MSMississippiBoth14-Oct7-Nov11-Feb7-Mar
MOMissouriBoth3-Nov17-Nov1-Mar21-Mar
MTMontanaBoth21-Nov6-Dec17-Feb14-Mar
NENebraskaBoth18-Nov25-Nov22-Feb3-Mar
NVNevadaBoth16-Nov28-Nov12-Feb21-Mar
NHNew HampshireGirls18-Nov13-Dec2-Mar23-Mar
Boys25-Nov20-Dec2-Mar23-Mar
NJNew JerseyBoth25-Nov19-Dec13-Feb23-Mar
NMNew MexicoBoth18-Nov1-Dec6-Mar15-Mar
NYNew YorkBoth11-Nov1-Dec15-Mar29-Mar
NCNorth Carolinaw/ football30-Oct18-Nov25-Feb15-Mar
w/o football16-Oct30-Oct25-Feb15-Mar
NDNorth DakotaBoth25-Nov6-Dec28-Feb15-Mar
OHOhioGirls25-Oct22-Nov10-Feb22-Feb
Boys1-Nov26-Nov17-Feb28-Feb
OKOklahomaw/ football1-Oct21-Nov14-Feb15-Mar
w/o football1-Oct1-Nov14-Feb15-Mar
OROregonBoth18-Nov4-Dec26-Feb29-Mar
PAPennsylvaniaBoth20-Nov11-Dec5-Mar27-Mar
RIRhode IslandBoth2-Dec11-Dec28-Feb15-Mar
SCSouth CarolinaBoth4-Nov2-Dec15-Feb7-Mar
SDSouth DakotaBoth2-Dec13-Dec2-Mar21-Mar
TNTennesseeBoth4-Nov25-Nov21-Feb21-Mar
TXTexasGirls23-Oct8-Nov17-Feb7-Mar
Boys30-Oct15-Nov24-Feb15-Mar
UTUtahBoth11-Nov19-Nov11-Feb1-Mar
VTVermontGirls2-Dec13-Dec3-Mar15-Mar
Boys2-Dec13-Dec25-Feb15-Mar
VAVirginiaBoth11-Nov2-Dec21-Feb15-Mar
WAWashingtonBoth18-Nov29-Nov7-Mar15-Mar
WVWest VirginiaGirls11-Nov3-Dec21-Feb15-Mar
Boys18-Nov10-Dec28-Feb15-Mar
WIWisconsinGirls11-Nov19-Nov25-Feb15-Mar
Boys18-Nov26-Nov3-Mar28-Mar
WYWyomingBoth25-Nov12-Dec27-Feb15-Mar

For more information about high school basketball in a particular state, track down the state’s high school athletic association website or the website of the school you follow.

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