Chalk up another state that plans to start its high school football season on time. The Alabama High School Athletic Association's Central Board of Control announced Tuesday of its plans to follow specific guidelines and begin football with games starting on Aug. 20-21.
Football practices in Alabama are scheduled to start July 27 in short and helmets. Schools that do not want to begin on July 27 may start fall practice on Aug. 3.
The decision comes on the heels of other states — California, Texas and Washington — announcing significant delays to their seasons.
On Monday, California postponed its entire fall season to 2021, while Texas pushed back the start of the football season five weeks in its two largest classifications (6A and 5A) on Tuesday. The same day Washington reshuffled its sports calendar, including moving football back to March.
Four states plus Washington D.C. have now delayed their 2020 football season to 2021, while Alabama joins at least nine states in a commitment to start on time, including Florida which Monday voted 10-5 to begin games on Aug. 20.
Other states that announced this month to on-time starts are Arkansas, Idaho, Iowa, Michigan, Nebraska, North Dakota, Pennsylvania and Utah.