Although the start of school has been pushed back to Aug. 27, area volleyball teams and a handful of football teams are getting a three-week head start on returning to school.

The UIL allows volleyball teams and football teams that did not have spring workouts to start practice Monday, Aug. 6.

Waxahachie’s volleyball team will start a week-long process of determining rosters for two freshmen teams, a junior varsity and a varsity.

Volleyball is one of the toughest sports at the start of the season as the team has just four days of practice before their first scrimmage on Friday and then the Lady Indians’ first regular season game is the following Monday.

For football teams across the county, the start of practices is determined by whether or not the school held spring practices.

The only 4A school around the area that will be conducting practice on Monday will be Red Oak, who enters the 2007 season with a new coach and high expectations.

Schools that are Class 3A or lower are not allowed to hold spring drills, therefore Maypearl, Italy, Palmer, Ferris, Venus, Avalon, Milford and Eagle Advantage will all begin practice on Monday.

Waxahachie’s football team, along with Midlothian, Ennis and Alvarado, begin practice next Monday, Aug. 13. While the Indians can not practice this week, they are holding mandatory player meetings on Thursday, Aug. 9. Seniors will have their meeting at 9 a.m., juniors at 9:30 a.m., sophomores at 10 a.m. and freshmen at 10:30 a.m. There will also be a parent meeting at the Fine Arts Center at 7 p.m. Thursday Aug. 9.

This week marks the beginning of what teams hope is a state championship season.

For some volleyball teams the season will not end until mid-November while football will not end until December.