Once part of “summer vacation,” August is now opening month for fall athletic competition in the CIF-Southern Section.

The 2018 fall sports calendar released by the CIF-SS shows girls’ volleyball opening on Aug. 13, followed by 11-man football on Aug. 17; boys’ water polo and girls’ golf and tennis on Aug. 20; 8-man football on Aug. 24; and boys’ and girls’ cross country on Aug. 20.

With its regular season ending Oct. 11, girls’ volleyball also opens playoff action earlier than other fall sports, on Oct. 16. Most other sports’ post-season competition begins in late August or early November and concludes by the end of November; the exception is 11-man football, whose state championship games are scheduled Dec. 7 and 8.

The winter sports calendar shows opening contests scheduled Nov. 12 in boys’ and girls’ basketball, boys’ and girls’ soccer, girls’ water polo and wrestling. Season openers in spring sports take place throughout February 2019 in baseball, softball, boys’ and girls’ track and swimming, and boys’ volleyball, tennis and golf.

Following is the schedule for Fall 2018 sports:

Girls’ Volleyball: First Contests Aug. 13; Last Contests Oct. 11; CIF-SS Playoffs Oct. 16-27; CIF-SS Finals Nov. 1-3; Southern California Regionals Nov. 6-13; State Championships Nov. 16-17.

Boys’ 11-Man Football: First Contests Aug. 17; Last Contests Oct. 26; CIF-SS Playoffs Nov. 2-16; CIF-SS Finals Nov. 23-24; Southern Regionals Nov. 30-Dec. 1; State Championships Dec. 7-8.

Boys’ Water Polo: First Contests Aug. 20; Last Contests Oct. 25; CIF-SS Playoffs Oct. 30-Nov. 7; CIF-SS Finals Nov. 10; State Regionals Nov. 16-17.

Girls’ Golf: First Contests Aug. 20; Last Contests Oct. 19; Individual Regionals Oct. 22; Team Divisional Championships Oct. 29; Individual/CIF WSCGA Team Qualifier Nov. 1; CIF-WSCGA Nov. 8; State Championships Nov. 14.

Girls’ Tennis: First Contests Aug. 20; Last Contests Oct. 26; CIF-SS Playoffs Oct. 30-Nov. 7; CIF-SS Finals Nov. 9; Southern California Team Regionals Nov. 16-17; Individual Sectionals Nov. 19; Individual Championships Nov. 27-29.

Boys’ 8-Man Football: First Contests Aug. 24; Last Contests Oct. 27; CIF-SS Playoffs Nov. 2-16; CIF-SS Finals Nov. 23-24.

Boys’ and Girls’ Cross Country: First Contests Aug. 30; Last Contests Nov. 2; CIF-SS Preliminaries Nov. 9-10; CIF-SS Finals Nov. 17; State Championships Nov. 24.

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