CHESHIRE - There will be a different look to the CIAC boys basketball tournaments that will be put into effect starting with this upcoming season in what will start out as a one-year trial.
Instead of the four different classes - LL, L, M and S - the CIAC has decided to expand the tournament to five different divisions (Division I, II, III, IV, V) as well as alter the way those division are determined in a move approved Thursday afternoon by the Board of Control.
Under the new format, schools have been placed in divisions using a group of factors including recent success in their respective CIAC tournaments and league championship play, the overall strength of the league in which they compete and their power point ranking over the past three seasons (determined by sum of wins of opponents they defeated).
“This new format is the result of a lot of hard work from members of our boys basketball committee and aims to address the concerns we’ve heard from our membership about inequity challenges specific to the boys basketball tournament,” CAS-CIAC Executive Director Karissa Niehoff said in a statement.
None of the 11 area schools were placed in Division I. New Britain, Bristol Central and Newington were placed in Division II. Berlin, Southington, Bristol Eastern and St. Paul ended up in Division III. Plainville and Goodwin Tech were slotted into Division IV, while Terryville and Innovation were placed in Division V.
School will have the option to appeal their placement and will be moved up or down one division if their appeal is successful. Schools will also have the option to opt up to Division I. All the schools in Division I will qualify for the CIAC tournament, while a winning percentage of .400 will be required for tournament qualification in the other four divisions.
Appeal and opt-up requests will be accepted by the CIAC until Sept. 29, with the all division placements finalized by the end of October. Appeals will be heard by a committee consisting of representatives from Connecticut Association of Athletic Directors (CAAD), the Connecticut High School Coaches Association (CHSCA), member school principals, along with CIAC Tournament Directors and staff.
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