It’s that time of year again! Get pumped for the start of your favorite sports seasons with our complete guide.
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The start of each sporting season is an exciting time for fans and athletes alike. But have you ever wondered when each season actually starts? Here is a quick guide to help you plan your viewing schedule for the year ahead.
-The Major League Baseball (MLB) season begins on the first Sunday in April and ends on the first Sunday in October.
-The World Series, the championship series of MLB, is played in October.
-The National Basketball Association (NBA) season starts in late October and ends in early April.
-The NBA Finals, the championship series of the NBA, is played in June.
-The National Football League (NFL) season starts on the Thursday night following Labor Day and ends on the first Sunday in February.
-The Super Bowl, the championship game of the NFL, is played on the first Sunday in February.
The first day of winter is December 21. Most winter sports seasons start around this time or a little later. Some exceptions are freestyle skiing, snowboarding, and speed skating, which all start in November.
The National Basketball Association (NBA) season runs from October to April, with each team playing 82 regular-season games. The NBA Finals, pitting the Eastern and Western conference champions against each other, is held in June.
The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) men’s basketball season runs from November to March, with conference tournaments in March and the NCAA tournament in April.
Basketball is also a popular professional sport in Europe. The EuroLeague season runs from October to May and culminates with the Final Four tournament in May or June.
In the United Kingdom, the Professional Basketball League (PBL) operates from September to April.
Ice hockey is a winter sport played on ice, typically in an indoor rink. It is popular in countries with cold climates, such as Canada, the United States, Sweden, and Russia.
The season typically runs from October to April.
Curling is a sport in which players slide stones across a sheet of ice towards a target area, or house. It is an official Olympic sport, and is often considered a form of chess on ice. The objective of the game is to score points by having your stones closest to the center of the house at the end of each end (a period of play).
The spring sports season is a time when many athletes begin their training for the year. It is a time when coaches have tryouts and decide who will be on the team. Spring sports include baseball, softball, track, and more.
Baseball season generally runs from late March/early April to October. It typically starts with spring training, followed by a regular season of 162 games, and then a postseason of up to seven games.
In most parts of the world, the soccer season runs from August to May, with a short break in the winter. However, in countries like the United States, where the weather is colder in the winter, the soccer season runs from March to November.
Golf is a sport that can be enjoyed year-round, but the professional season runs from April to October. The PGA Tour starts in early April and ends with the Tour Championship in mid-August. The FedExCup Playoffs begin shortly after and end in late September.
Most summer sports seasons start in late May or early June and end in late August or early September. This gives athletes about 3-4 months to compete. The start and end dates of the seasons are typically determined by the length of the season and the playoffs.
The Wimbledon tennis tournament is one of the oldest and most prestigious events in the sport, dating back to 1877. The tournament is held every year in early July at the All England Lawn Tennis Club in Wimbledon, London. Wimbledon is the only Grand Slam tennis tournament still played on grass courts.
The FINA World Championships (also known as Worlds) is an international swimming competition organised by FINA, the International Federation for Swimming. The championships are held every two years, in even-numbered years.
The first edition of the championships was held in 1973 in Belgrade, then Yugoslavia (present-day Serbia). Since then, the competition has been held every two years, usually in July or August, and typically in odd-numbered years (2015, 2017 etc.).
The most recent championships were held in Gwangju, South Korea from 12 to 28 July 2019.
Track and Field
Track and field is a sport which includes athletic contests established on the skills of running, jumping, and throwing. The name of the sport is derived from where the events took place. Track and field arenas have a running track around the perimeter. The infield is a sector where throws, jumps, and sometimes races occur. Historically, in North America, track and field was connected with college rivals and military training.
The sport of track and field has its roots in human prehistory. The first recorded examples are the ancient Olympic Games, which were held in Olympia, Greece, from 776 BC to 393 AD. Today, track and field is a billion-dollar industry comprising athletics clubs, college competitions, professional sports leagues, training camps, sports apparel manufacturers, public facilities devoted to training athletes, and international sporting events such as the Olympic Games.
There are three types of running events: sprints (races run over distances not exceeding 400 meters), middle-distance events (from 800 meters up to 5000 meters), and long-distance events (from 3000 meters up to the marathon). There are also four main throwing events: the shot put (a heavy ball is thrown for distance), discus (a large flat dish is thrown for distance), hammer throw (a steel ball attached to a wire is thrown for distance), and javelin (a spear-like object is thrown for distance). In addition, there are four jumping events: high jump (the jumper uses his own momentum to vault over a horizontal bar set at selected heights), long jump (the jumper runs down a runway and leaps into a sandpit), triple jump (the jumper runs down a runway before taking two consecutive hops forward into a sandpit), and pole vault (the jumper uses a pole to vault over a horizontal bar set at selected heights).
Fall sports seasons typically start in late August or early September, depending on the sport. This gives athletes time to recover from the previous season and prepare for the upcoming season. Some sports, like football, have pre-season games that start even earlier.
Although many people think of summer as the end of the school year and the beginning of vacation, for athletes it’s the beginning of their season. Training for most sports begins in the summer, with tryouts and pre-season practices starting in August. The regular season usually starts in September and ends in November, although some sports have playoffs that extend into December.
Most high school football teams begin training in August, with two-a-day practices (one in the morning and one in the afternoon). The regular season generally starts the first week of September and runs through Thanksgiving. Playoffs, which determine who will compete for the state title, usually start the first week of December and end around Christmas.
Cross country running is a sport in which teams and individuals run a race on open-air courses over natural terrain such as dirt or grass. Sometimes the runners are required to jump over obstacles such as streams or logs. The distance of the race varies from 3000 meters to 10,000 meters. Cross country running is a popular sport in the United States and is also practiced in other countries around the world.
The cross-country season typically begins in late August and runs through early November.
Volleyball is a fall sport that typically starts in August and ends in October. The volleyball season is split into two parts: the regular season and the postseason. The regular season usually consists of around 20 games, while the postseason typically consists of about 10 games.