Critical Dates for the 2022 High School Football Season in All-State

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The 2022 high school football period officially opened up earlier today when groups in Hawaii opened up loss camps.

HS Football HUB and High School Football have actually put together a checklist of critical days for the upcoming period.

The list starts with the initial official method days in each state. It also consists of the very first game dates, when the postseason starts, and when state championships will be played.

Alabama

Alabama High School Athletic Association

  • First Practice — August 1
  • First Games — August 18
  • Playoffs Begin — November 4
  • Championships — November 30 – December 2nd at Auburn University

Alabama Independent School Association

  • First Practice — August 1
  • First Games — August 18
  • Playoffs Begin — November 4
  • Championships — November 17 at Cramton Bowl

Alaska

  • First Practice — July 27
  • First Games — August 11
  • Playoffs Begin — October 7
  • Championships — October 15 (Divisions II & III); October 21 (Division I)

Arizona

  • First Practice — July 25 (3A, 2A, 1A); August 8 (6A, 5A, 4A)
  • First Games — August 18 (3A, 2A, 1A); September 1 (6A, 5A, 4A)
  • Playoffs Begin — October 21 (1A); November 4 (3A, 2A); November 18 (6A, 5A, 4A); November 25 (Open Division)
  • Championships — November 12 (1A); Open, 6A, 5A, 4A, 3A, 2A Dates to be Determined

Arkansas

  • First Practice — August 1
  • First Games — August 21 (Week 0)
  • Playoffs Begin — November 11
  • Championships — December 1-3

California

  • State Playoffs
  • Regional Bowl Championships (North/South) — December 2-3
  • State Championship Bowl Games — December 9-10

Central Section

  • First Practice — August 1
  • First Games — August 18
  • Playoffs Begin — November 4

Central Coast Section

  • First Practice — August 5
  • First Games — August 25
  • Playoffs Begin —November 11-12

Los Angeles City Section

  • First Practice — July 25
  • First Games — August 25
  • Playoffs Begin — November 4

North Coast Section

  • First Practice — August 8
  • First Games — August 24
  • Playoffs Begin — November 11-12

Northern Section

  • First Practice — August 1
  • First Games — August 25
  • Playoffs Begin — October 28 (11-man); November 10 (8-man)

Oakland Section

  • First Practice — To be Determined
  • First Games — TBD
  • Playoffs Begin — TBD

Sac-Joaquin Section

  • First Practice — July 25
  • First Games — August 19
  • Playoffs Begin —November 4

San Francisco Section

  • First Practice — August 1
  • First Games — August 26
  • Playoffs Begin — To be Determined

San Diego Section

  • First Practice — July 30
  • First Games — August 18
  • Playoffs Begin — November 4

Southern Section

  • First Practice — August 1 (11-man Week 0 start); August 8 (11-man Week 1 start); August 8 (8-man Week 0 start); August 15 (8-man Week 1 start)
  • First Games — August 19 (11-man Week 0 start); August 26 (11-man Week 1 start); August 26 (8-man Week 0 start); September 2 (8-man Week 1 start)
  • Playoffs Begin — November 4 (11-man & 8-man)

Colorado

  • First Practice — August 8
  • First Games —August 25
  • Playoffs Begin —November 5 (5A, 4A, 2A, 1A, A8, A6); November (3A)
  • Championships — November 26 (2A, 1A, A8, A6); December 3 (5A, 4A, 3A)

Connecticut

  • First Practice — August 20
  • First Games — September 8
  • Playoffs Begin — November 29
  • Championships — December 10

Delaware

  • First Practice — August 16
  • First Games — September 2
  • Playoffs Begin —November 18
  • Championships — December 11 at University of Delaware

Florida

  • First Practice — August 1
  • First Games — August 24
  • Playoffs Begin — November 11
  • Championships — December 8-10 at Gene Cox Stadium in Tallahassee with classes to be announced; December 15-17 at DRV PNK Stadium in Fort Lauderdale with classes to be announced

Georgia

  • First Practice — August 1
  • First Games —August 19
  • Playoffs Begin —November 11
  • Championships — December 8-10 at Centre Parc Stadium at Georgia State University

Hawaii

  • First Practice — Underway
  • First Games — August 5
  • Playoffs Begin — November 4
  • Championships — November 18-19

Idaho

  • First Practice — August 8
  • First Games —August 19
  • Playoffs Begin — October 28
  • Championships — November 18-19

Illinois

  • First Practice — August 8
  • First Games — August 25
  • Playoffs Begin — October 28
  • Championships — November 25-26 at University of Illinois

Indiana

  • First Practice — August 1
  • First Games — August 19
  • Playoffs Begin —October 21 (5A, 4A, 3A, 2A, 1A); October 28 (6A)
  • Championships — November 25-26

Iowa

  • First Practice — August 8
  • First Games — August 26
  • Playoffs Begin — October 21 (2A, 1A, A, 8-Player); October 28 (5A, 4A, 3A)
  • Championships — November 17-18

Kansas

  • First Practice — August 15
  • First Games — September 2
  • Playoffs Begin — October 27
  • Championships — November 26

Kentucky

  • First Practice — August 1
  • First Games — August 19
  • Playoffs Begin — November 3-5
  • Championships — December 2-3

Louisiana

  • First Practice — August 1 (Schools that didn’t have spring practice); August 8 (Schools that participated in spring practice)
  • First Games — September 1
  • Playoffs Begin — November 10
  • Championships — December 9-10 at Superdome, home of the New Orleans Saints

Maine

  • First Practice — August 15
  • First Games — September 2
  • Playoffs Begin — October 21 (8-Man Small); October 28 (B, C, 8-Man Large); November 4 (A, D)
  • Championships — November 12 (8-Man); November 19 (A, B, C, D)

Maryland

  • First Practice — August 10
  • First Games — September 2
  • Playoffs Begin — November 4
  • Championships — December 1-3

Massachusetts

First Practice — August 19
First Games — September 9
Playoffs Begin — November 4
Championships — To be Determined

Michigan

  • First Practice — August 8
  • First Games — August 25
  • Playoffs Begin — October 28
  • Championships — November 18-19 (8-man); November 25-26 (11-man) at Ford Field, home of the Detroit Lions

Mississippi

Mississippi High School Activities Association

  • First Practice — August 8
  • First Games — August 26
  • Playoffs Begin — November 4 (4A, 3A, 2A); November 11 (6A, 5A, 1A)
  • Championships — December 2-3

Midsouth Association of Independent Schools

  • First Practice — July 25
  • First Games — August 12 (Week 0); August 19 (Week 1)
  • Playoffs Begin — October 28 (5A, 4A, 3A, 2A); November 4 (6A)
  • Championships — November 17-19

Missouri

  • First Practice — August 7
  • First Games — August 26
  • Playoffs Begin — October 28
  • Championships — November 26 (Class 6); December 1-3 (Class 5, 4, 3, 2, 1, 8-man)

Montana

  • First Practice — August 12
  • First Games —August 25
  • Playoffs Begin —October 28
  • Championships — November 18-19

Nebraska

  • First Practice — August 8
  • First Games — August 25
  • Playoffs Begin — October 20 (D1, D2); October 28 (A, B, C1, C2, D6)
  • Championships — November 18 (6); November 21-22 at University of Nebraska

Nevada

  • First Practice — August 1
  • First Games — August 18
  • Playoffs Begin — October 27-29 (5A, 4A, 3A); November 4-5 (2A, 1A)
  • Championships — November 18-19

New Hampshire

  • First Practice — August 12
  • First Games — September 1
  • Playoffs Begin — on November 4
  • Championships — November 11 or 12 (Division III, Division IV); November 18 or 19 (Division I, Division II)

New Jersey

  • First Practice — August 8
  • First Games — August 26 (Week 0), September 2 (Week 1)
  • Playoffs Begin — on October 28
  • Championships — December 3-4

New Mexico

  • First Practice — August 1
  • First Games — August 19
  • Playoffs Begin — October 22 (8-man, 6-man); October 29 (6A, 5A, 4A, 3A, 2A)
  • Championships — November 12 (8-man, 6-man); November 19 (2A); November 26 (6A, 5A, 4A, 3A)

New York

Catholic High School League

  • First Practice — August 8
  • First Games — September 3
  • Playoffs Begin — on November 4
  • Championships — November 18-19

Long Island

  • First Practice — August 23
  • First Games — September 9
  • Playoffs Begin — on November 11
  • Championships — Thanksgiving Weekend (November 25-27)

New York State Public High School Association

  • First Practice — August 20
  • First Games — September 9
  • Playoffs Begin — on October 28
  • Championships — December 2-4

North Carolina

North Carolina High School Athletic Association

  • First Practice — August 1
  • First Games — August 19
  • Playoffs Begin — on November 4
  • Championships — December 9-10

North Carolina Association of Independent Schools

  • First Practice — August 1 (11-man, 8-man)
  • First Games — August 19 (11-man, 8-man)
  • Playoffs Begin — on November 4 (11-man, 8-man)
  • Championships — November 18 (11-man, 8-man)

North Dakota

  • First Practice — August 4
  • First Games — August 18
  • Playoffs Begin —October 15 (9-Man); October 22 (11B); October 28 (11AA & 11A)
  • Championships — November 11 at FARGODOME

Ohio

  • First Practice — August 1
  • First Games — August 19
  • Playoffs Begin —October 28
  • Championships — December 1-3 at Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium

Oklahoma

  • First Practice — August 8
  • First Games — August 25
  • Playoffs Begin — November 11
  • Championships — December 1-3 (6A, 5A, 4A, 3A, C); December 10 (2A, A, B)

Oregon

  • First Practice — August 15
  • First Games — September 1
  • Playoffs Begin — November 4
  • Championships — November 18 or 19 (1A 6-man); November 25-26 (6A, 5A, 4A, 3A, 2A, 1A 8-man)

Pennsylvania

  • First Practice — August 15
  • First Games — August 26
  • Playoffs Begin — November 18
  • Championships — December 8-10 at Cumberland Valley High School

Rhode Island

  • First Practice — August 15
  • First Games — September 1
  • Playoffs Begin — November 4
  • Championships — November 18-19

South Carolina

South Carolina High School League

  • First Practice — July 29
  • First Games — August 19
  • Playoffs Begin —November 4
  • Championships — December 1-3

South Carolina Independent School Association

  • First Practice — July 28
  • First Games — August 19 (Week 0); August 26 (Week 1)
  • Playoffs Begin — November 4
  • Championships — November 18-19

South Dakota

  • First Practice — August 4 (11B, 9-man); August 8 (11AAA, 11AA, 11A)
  • First Games — August 18 (11B, 9-man); August 25 (11AAA, 11AA, 11A)
  • Playoffs Begin — October 20 (11B, 9-man); October 27 (11AAA, 11AA, 11A)
  • Championships — November 10-12 at DakotaDome

Tennessee

  • First Practice — July 25
  • First Games — August 19
  • Playoffs Begin — November 4
  • Championships — December 1-3 at University of Tennessee-Chattanooga

Texas

University Interscholastic League

  • First Practice — August 1 (6A & 5A with no spring practice, plus 4A, 3A, 2A, 1A); August 8 (6A, 5A with spring practice
  • First Games — August 25
  • Playoffs Begin — November 11
  • Championships — December 14-17 at AT&T Stadium, home of the Dallas Cowboys

TAPPS

  • First Practice — August 1
  • First Games — August 25
  • Playoffs Begin — November 11
  • Championships — December 1-3

Utah

  • First Practice — July 25
  • First Games — August 12
  • Playoffs Begin — October 21
  • Championships — November 11-12 (4A, 3A, 2A, 1A); November 18 (6A, 5A)

Vermont

  • First Practice — August 15
  • First Games — September 2
  • Playoffs Begin — October 29-30
  • Championships — November 13

Virginia

  • First Practice — July 28
  • First Games — August 25
  • Playoffs Begin — November 11-12
  • Championships — December 10

Washington

  • First Practice — August 17
  • First Games — September 2
  • Playoffs Begin — November 4
  • Championships — December 3

Washington, D.C.

  • First Practice — August 1
  • First Games — August 26
  • Playoffs Begin — November 11-12
  • Championships — November 26 (A); December 3 (AA)

West Virginia

  • First Practice — August 1
  • First Games — August 26
  • Playoffs Begin — November 10-11
  • Championships — December 1-2

Wisconsin

  • First Practice — August 2 (11-man); August 9 (8-man)
  • First Games — August 18 (11-man); August 25 (8-man)
  • Playoffs Begin — October 21
  • Championships — November 17-18 at University of Wisconsin

Wyoming

  • First Practice — August 8 (4A); August 15 (3A, 2A, 1A)
  • First Games —August 25
  • Playoffs Begin — October 28
  • Championships — November 11-12 at University of Wyoming
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