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CIAC Creating Girls Wrestling Invitational Tournament

CHESHIRE, Conn. – For the first time the CIAC will host a Girls Wrestling Invitational Tournament in conjunction with the CIAC Wrestling State Open February 28-29 at the Floyd Little Center in New Haven. This marks the first CIAC organized event solely for female wrestlers.

The Invitational will crown winners in 10 weight classes, and the first, third, and fifth-place matches will coincide with the same matches in the State Open competition. The Invitational seeding and brackets will be released either Monday February 24 or Tuesday February 25.

“Over the past 99 years the CIAC has been committed to providing student-athletes with exceptional education-based experiences,” CAS-CIAC Executive Director Glenn Lungarini stated. “The inaugural CIAC Girls Wrestling Invitational Tournament exemplifies the CIAC’s innovative approach toward empowering student-athletes through school-based sports. We have every belief this will be a great showcase for talented student-athletes who are certainly deserving of this spotlight.”

Per CIAC by-laws, girls are permitted to compete on boys wrestling teams, and the number of girls competing in high school wrestling in Connecticut has grown from 70 in 2015-16 to 131 in 2018-19. Female competitors will be able to wrestle in either the Girls Invitational or the Boys Tournaments. There will be no qualifying standards for the Girls Invitational – all girl wrestlers may enter the Invitational.

“There was tremendous enthusiasm to create this Invitational with the members of the CIAC Wrestling Committee, and there is great hope this will create even more excitement and growth for girls wrestling in the state,” said Bob Lehr, CIAC Executive Staff member and Wrestling Committee liaison.

Since 1994 the number of girl high school wrestlers nationally has risen from 804 to 16,562 based on data provided by the NFHS and thirteen states currently hold a state wrestling championship for girls. The growth of the sport in Connecticut has not risen to reach the threshold at which it can be sanctioned as an official CIAC Championship sport, but the Invitational will join several other CIAC organized events designed to provide a championship-level experience.

Girls Soccer Tournament Disqualification

CHESHIRE, Conn. – Due to the use of an ineligible player, Berlin High School has been disqualified from the CIAC Class L Girls Soccer Tournament. Per CIAC by-laws, Joel Barlow High School, Berlin’s first-round opponent, will now play against Daniel Hand High School in a second-round match November 14 at Daniel Hand. Per CIAC by-lawsContinue Reading

NFHS Voice – High School Playing Rules are NFHS Rules

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – When it comes to writing playing rules for major sports in the United States, it’s all in the acronyms. In football, you have the NFL, NCAA and NFHS. In basketball, it’s the NBA, NCAA and NFHS. In baseball, the rules-makers are MLB, NCAA and NFHS. While the NFL, NBA, MLB and NCAAContinue Reading

2019-20 Winter Sport Rules Interpretations Meeting Schedule

Below is the schedule for the 2019-20 winter rules interpretations meetings provided to CIAC by officials’ organizations and leagues. CIAC rules and regulations require head coaches or their designee to represent your school at these important meetings. Other coaches are encouraged to attend. If your coach cannot make the meeting in your area, I am certain he/sheContinue Reading

Sites Selected For CIAC Soccer Finals

CHESHIRE, Conn. – The eight CIAC boys and girls soccer championships will be held at two sites this fall as the renovated Dillon Stadium in Hartford and Veterans Stadium at Willow Brook Park in New Britain will each host four games on Saturday, November 23. Game times will be 10 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 3 p.m.,Continue Reading

CIAC Football Contact Changes Highlight Safety & Collaboration

CHESHIRE, Conn. – Connecticut high school football is now in its fourth week of competition under new contact rules aimed at enhancing student-athlete safety.  At its spring meeting, the CIAC Football Committee unanimously approved a proposal put forward by the Connecticut High School Coaches Association (CHSCA) to reduce the amount of full contact practice time forContinue Reading

CAS-CIAC Makes Staff Changes For New Year

CHESHIRE, Conn. – The Connecticut Association of Schools and Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference (CAS-CIAC) have made several staff changes prior to the start of the 2019-20 school year with four individuals joining the organization and another assuming a new role. Dr. Rosie O’Brien Vojtek, Henry Rondon, Dan Scavone, and Dr. Bill Silva have all joinedContinue Reading

CIAC Statement On Notification of OCR Inquiry

CIAC Statement On Notification of OCR Inquiry

CHESHIRE, Conn. – The Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference (CIAC) received notification that the United States Department of Education, Office of Civil Rights has opened an inquiry in regard to the CIAC’s policy on transgender athlete eligibility.  The CIAC is committed to equity in providing opportunities to student athletes in Connecticut, and the CIAC will participateContinue Reading

Unified Sports Director George Synnott Announces Retirement

George Synnott, Director of Unified Sports® for CIAC and CT Special Olympics, has announced his plan to retire at the close of the school year. George has worked with the Unified Sports division for the past nine years, serving as director for the last five. George first became active in CAS-CIAC in 1994 when, asContinue Reading

Weather Alters CIAC Track & Boys Tennis Schedules

CHESHIRE, Conn. – The weather forecast of likely thunderstorms has caused schedule changes for CIAC Outdoor Track & Field and Boys Tennis Tournaments. The boys tennis divisional championship matches scheduled to continue today have been postponed until Wednesday beginning at 3:30 p.m. at the same sites. As a result of the change competition in theContinue Reading