No more sleeping until noon. No more afternoons at the pool. No more countless hours blasting through Black Ops II.

On Monday morning, scores of working parents will get the last laugh when alarms sound throughout the state. That’s because preseason football and volleyball workout begin bright and early, signaling the end of summer for teenage athletes.

Over the years, parental experts have developed ways to combat the “end of summer blues” and following the lists works for some, perhaps. But when it comes to football and volleyball players, the best advice could quite possibly be to score a touchdown, pick off a pass or spike a non-returnable kill.

When it comes to football, UIL that teams that didn’t participate in spring practice can begin workouts Monday without contact or contact equipment. Pads will be issued Friday and, thus, contact can begin.

Inter-school scrimmages can begin the weekends of Aug. 15, Aug. 21 and also Monday, Aug. 26. Schools that opted for the third scrimmage can’t open their regular season in Zero Week, which is set to begin Thursday, Aug. 29.

Meanwhile, volleyball teams from Class 5A to 1A will be issued equipment Monday and will be able to begin their scrimmages Friday. The regular season is scheduled to begin Monday, Aug. 12.

Two years ago, the UIL made drastic rule changes to football’s traditional two-a-day practice in order to protect players. But that having been an important move against the Texas Summer, practicing conditions remain brutal in this August heat.

In their latest forecast for the upcoming week, the CBS19 weather team predicts daytime highs to register in the high 90s and reach triple digits Wednesday and Thursday. Nighttime lows are expected to be in the mid 70s.


2013 UIL Football and Volleyball Schedules



Date Event or Deadline

Aug. 5 — First day of conditioning (No contact activities permitted. No contact equipment except helmets may be worn.)

Aug. 9 — First day of contact

Aug. 16 — First scrimmage

Aug. 21 — Second scrimmage (5 Day Rule applies)

Aug. 26 — Third scrimmage (Schools opting for a third scrimmage shall not play on zero date)


Date Event or Deadline

Aug. 12 — First day of conditioning

Aug. 16 — First day of contact

Aug. 23 — First scrimmage

Aug. 28 — Second scrimmage (Schools opting for a second scrimmage shall not play on zero date)


Week Dates

Zero Week — Aug. 29, 30, 31

Week One — Sept. 5, 6, 7

Week Two — Sept. 12, 13, 14

Week Three — Sept. 19, 20, 21

Week Four — Sept. 26, 27, 28

Week Five — Oct. 3, 4, 5

Week Six — Oct. 10, 11, 12

Week Seven — Oct. 17, 18, 19

Week Eight — Oct. 24, 25, 26

Week Nine — Oct. 31, Nov. 1, 2

Week 10 — Nov. 7, 8, 9


Date Deadline

Nov. 9 — District Certification

Schools have 11 weeks to play a maximum of 10 games.


Week, Dates

Week One — November 14, 15, 16

Week Two — November 21, 22, 23

Week Three — November 28, 29, 30

Week Four — December 5, 6, 7

Week Five — December 12, 13, 14


Date, Games

Dec. 14 — 1A 6-man Division I & II

Dec. 19-21 — 1A 11-man, 2A, 3A, 4A, 5A Division I & II


Aug. 5 — First day to issue equipment and conduct workouts outside the school day, all conferences. (Grades 9-12 and separate ninth grade teams on separate campuses. Students in grades 8 and below may not work out before the first day of school.)

Aug. 9 — First day for scrimmages, all conferences

Aug. 12 — First day for matches, all conferences. A team is limited to the allowance of two contests per calendar week (Monday through Saturday) plus a tournament. Three matches may be played during the first two calendar weeks allowed for matches (according to the official UIL calender). If school is in session, the one contest per school week rule must be followed.

Nov. 2 — District Certification

Nov. 4-5 — Bi-district

Nov. 7-9 — Area

Nov. 11-12 — Regional Quarterfinals

Nov. 15-16 — Regional Tournament

Nov. 21-23 — State Tournament

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