FROM THE BLEACHERS - High school football start dates are a mess Posted in: Sports The UIL has spoken. \On July 21, UIL issued a decision to start football practice allowing class 1A-4A to begin on Aug. 3. Class 5A-6A can start Sept. 7. Why are there two different start times? What if football practice start dates were the same for all classification of school ...PLEASE LOG IN FOR PREMIUM CONTENT. Our website requires visitors to log in to view the best local news. Not yet a subscriber? Subscribe today!