High school tip-off tournaments are the rule rather than the exception today.

That wasn't the case back in 1980 when the York Suburban Tip-Off Tournament began.

At that time, the season began at most schools with one game on either Friday or Saturday.

Joe Hasenfuss, the Trojans' head coach in 1980, proposed the idea of starting the season by having two games in two days and crowning a champion.

The idea went over big time. York Suburban is preparing to host its 34th annual tip-off tournament Friday and Saturday nights.

Dallastown will take on Delone Catholic at 6 p.m. Friday, and York Suburban will meet Kennard-Dale at 7;30 p.m.

When the games begin, Hasenfuss will be on hand -- just like he was in 1980.

A head coach for 40 seasons (30 at York Suburban and 10 at Lebanon Catholic), Hasenfuss is a varsity assistant for York Suburban.

"I just thought a tournament was a nice way to start the season," Hasenfuss said when asked why he proposed a change to the traditional one game on opening weekend. "You get to play two games, and I feel you're playing at a higher level when you start with a tournament."

This is Hasenfuss' second season helping head coach Dustin Boeckel. Hasenfuss also served as an assistant to former head coach Tom Triggs. Both Triggs and Boeckel played for Hasenfuss at York Suburban.

"Joe is a great asset to our program," Boeckel said. "I trust what he's doing and what he's teaching, and he's still extremely passionate about coaching."

Hasenfuss, whose teams won 549 games during his time as a head coach, displayed that passion during practice on Wednesday afternoon.

He showed players the places on the court they needed to get to while executing a trap press and encouraged them to grab the ball, not deflect it, when a pass came into their area.

At one point, the 76-year-old Hasenfuss sat down on a chair at courtside.

It wasn't a rocking chair. Hasenfuss isn't ready to kick back yet.

"Coaching keeps me young, and it keeps my mind alert," he said. "I've been doing it 51 years. I coached in college for two years, but I didn't like it as much as high school. I think it's what you're used to doing."

Boeckel is glad that Hasenfuss still wants to coach.

"It's not only because of his knowledge of the X's and O's, but it's other things, too, like managing personalities. I've learned a lot from Joe," he said.

Other events: In addition to the four York-Adams teams playing in the York Suburban tournament, Central York, Bermudian Springs, Hanover, Northeastern and York High will be hosting boys' tip-off tournaments this weekend. West York, York Tech, Littlestown, South Western, Eastern York, Dover, Biglerville, Fairfield, New Oxford Spring Grove, Susquehannock and Red Lion will travel to boys' tip-off events.

Meanwhile, there will be girls' tip-off tournaments at Red Lion, Biglerville, Spring Grove and New Oxford. Dover, Bermudian Springs, Central, Kennard-Dale, Dallastown, Delone Catholic, South Western, Littlestown, Hanover, York High, Eastern, York Suburban and Fairfield will travel to girls' tip-off tournaments.

Reach Dick VanOlinda at dvanolinda@yorkdispatch.com.