Start of practice kicks off the winter sports season

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It is officially the winter sports season.

All sports can start their seasons on Monday, which marks the official start of practice. Those are: boys and girls basketball, hockey, skiing, girls swimming, and wrestling.

In two weeks — on Dec. 2 — they can begin competition.

Of note: the annual winter break, which includes a restriction on competition and practice, runs Dec. 27-Jan. 1. There may be no competition during those dates, and no practice at all on Dec. 27, Dec. 29 (a Sunday) or Jan. 1. Voluntary practice is permitted on Dec. 28, 30 and 31 — but no coach may compel a player to participate on those dates.

The first championship of the season is girls swimming, on Feb. 13-15 and Feb. 18-19. Wrestling follows that on Feb 20-22, and then skiing (Feb. 27-28) is next. Hockey's championship is set for March 5, and the basketball state championships are March 12-14.

Find all dates on the CHSAA sports calendar.