Softball and boys tennis teams begin practice

Boys tennis 5A state generic

(Ryan Casey/CHSAANow.com)

AURORA — Boys tennis and softball teams can begin practice on Monday, marking the start of their 2020 seasons.

The two sports are among the four that have been cleared to play this fall as part of Season A. Boys golf began practice and competition last week, and boys and girls cross country can begin practice on Wednesday.

The boys tennis and softball seasons, which both begin competition on Thursday, will look a little different due to state guidelines around the COVID-19 pandemic.

Softball will feature a 16-game regular season, and 12-player rosters per team, per level. There will be no regional tournament, as teams will qualify directly to a 16-team state tournament bracket.

Softball's championships are scheduled for Oct. 10.

In boys tennis, the regular season has also been reduced in length. Regionals will be a single-elimination tournament. The winner and runner-up will advance to the state tournament. At state, there will be no playbacks as it will be single-elimination, as well.

The boys tennis championships are slated for Sept. 25-26.

Find complete dates on the 2020-21 calendar.