For most of the York-Adams basketball teams, two games in two days is the favorite way to start the season.
Nineteen of 22 boys' teams and 18 of 21 girls' teams will be involved in tip-off tournaments on Friday and Saturday.
Whether hosting a tournament or playing in someone else's event, players get a chance to compete for a title, and coaches get an opportunity to see what kind of progress their teams have made since the last scrimmage.
Of course, a tip-off tournament, as the name implies, is just a beginning. The tournaments that every team wants to be a part of -- York-Adams, District 3 and PIAA -- are more than two months away.
The 2012-13 season, as every one before it, provides storylines for fans to follow along with their teams. Here are some of the prominent ones for the upcoming season:
1. York High's bid to repeat as York-Adams boys' champion: The Bearcats return two starters, Tavon Parker and Derek Wilson, from the team that won 24 games and advanced to the District 3-AAAA semifinals.
South Western, which played York High in the 2012 York-Adams final, also returns two starters, Parker Bean and Mike Duffy. The Bearcats and Mustangs are the leading contenders in a year when nearly every team is replacing key players.
2. Red Lion girls' amaz ing Division I dominance: Red Lion has captured 12 division titles in a row.
The Lady Lions return Jen Horvatinovic, who earned an NCAA Division I college scholarship to Monmouth University, but they lost five players, Erica Maciejewski, Shanley Harlacker, Janay Truiett, Kayla Wolf and Kelsey Wolf, to graduation.
West York, which moves into Division I this year, returns most of the players from last year's team that won 20 games, although the Bulldogs' leading scorer, Olivia Manges, graduated. Dallastown didn't have a single senior on last year's team.
Along with its fabulous run in Division I, Red Lion has earned 10 York-Adams titles and the last two District 3-AAAA crowns.
3. Five girls' teams will compete in new divisions: Along with West York, York High, Kennard-Dale, Susquehannock and York Suburban will be playing in new divisions this season.
York High moves from I to III, and Kennard-Dale from II to III. Meanwhile, Susquehannock and York Suburban are now in Division II after playing together in Division III the past two years.
4. York Catholic girls try to extend their record title run in districts: The Fighting Irish will go after an eighth straight District 3-AA title.
York Catholic set the district record for consecutive championships when it captured the 2012 crown.
5. Coaches pursuing milestones: Delone Catholic girls' coach Gerry Eckenrode needs just four victories to join the exclusive 400 victories club.
Eckenrode also coached at North Clarion (Pa.) and Liberty (Md.).
West York boys' coach Bill Ackerman is 16 victories away from 300. Ackerman, 284-98, is the school's all-time victories leader.
Dick VanOlinda covers high school sports for The York Dispatch. He can be reached at dvanolin email@example.com or 505-5407.