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Ultimate High School Football Itinerary Contest

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Fans of the CIAC podcast the CIACcast have become familiar the past six years with the week-by-week itinerary for the high school football season presented by Ned Griffen of The Day of New London. Each of the past six years, Ned joins the show to lay out one (sometimes more) game per week that fans of Connecticut high school football should be attending, and the compilation of his schedule provides a true cross section of some of the top teams and players in the state. We always indicate that trying to actually follow Ned’s schedule would be the mark of a TRUE Connecticut high school football fan.

This year, the CIAC wants to see who can live up to that title, by offering some incentive. You can check out the podcast, read Ned’s print version, or just see the details of his itinerary at this link: At the end of the year, fans who have attended many of these games can email the CIAC’s Joel Cookson at jcooksonatcasciacdotorg with the total number of games on the list they attended — and the fan with the most will get some CIAC swag, and a pair of CIAC tournament passes which will allow them to keep following high school football through the CIAC postseason. Submissions must include some proof of games attended (photos of the final scoreboard, game programs, tickets, etc.).

So there it is. The Ned Griffen Ultimate High School Football Itinerary sits before you, starting with Derby at Watertown in week 1. Who is ready to show their commitment to high school football? We want to find out.

Volleyball Tourney & Ultimate Football Itinerary On New CIACcast

Volleyball Tourney & Ultimate Football Itinerary On New CIACcast

CIACcast Episode 107 looks ahead as the 2019-20 high school sports season ramps up. CIAC staff member Dr. Bob Lehr discusses the upcoming CIAC Block Party Tournament girls volleyball tournament, and then The Day of New London’s Ned Griffen offers his week-by-week high school football schedule in the 6th edition of “Ned Griffen’s  Ultimate ConnecticutContinue Reading

Important Topic Covered On CT High School Lacrosse Fields

Editors note – this story was originally published April 12, 2018. We are sharing it today in recognition of World Suicide Prevention Day Change and progress come slowly. Often too slowly. The much-needed conversation about challenges with mental health, and depression particularly among athletes is happening with greater frequency. Recently NBA stars DeMar DeRozan andContinue Reading

CIAC Hosting Early-Season Volleyball Event

CHESHIRE, Conn. – Twenty Connecticut high school volleyball teams will take part in a full-day of early season action at the CIAC Early Season Block Party Tournament on Saturday, September 14. The event will be held at the CT Sports Center in Woodbridge with play beginning at 8:30 a.m. The event will be a club-styleContinue Reading

George Synnott – A Thank You

George Synnott – A Thank You

“We will forever be known for the tracks we leave in other people’s lives, our kindness and generosity” Mary T. Lathrap Selfishly, this piece is about me, and my family. But hopefully it’s even more about George Synnott and all the families like mine whose lives he impacted, whether he knew it or not. And aboutContinue 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

inCourage Helps Improve Communication, Commitment & Leadership In Sports

inCourage Helps Improve Communication, Commitment & Leadership In Sports

inCourage provides original, engaging videos to help improve communication, commitment and leadership in sports. We’ve got easy solutions to frustrating challenges. Check out all the blog posts at or choose specific topics below. Is private instruction a good choice for your sport specialized child? Some personal coaches are exceptional in every sense of the word,Continue Reading

#CIACRewind – Weston’s Carolyn Zech Took Challenging Path To Scholar Athlete Honor

When Weston High School field hockey coach Samantha Jacobsen shares the common feeling amongst her athletes during games was “it’s okay, Carolyn’s got it, we’re good,” she’s referring specifically to the confidence her athletes had in their senior goalkeeper Carolyn Zech. Taken more broadly, it nicely articulates the sentiments that accompanied everything Zech took onContinue Reading

CIAC Rewind – DRIVE: 7 Stories Inside the CIAC Winter Postseason

CIAC Rewind – DRIVE: 7 Stories Inside the CIAC Winter Postseason

CIAC Rewind – Why Choose One?

Ledyard High School Athletic Director Jim Buonocore thinks the wrong question is being asked. Nearly everyone associated with high school sports in this era bemoans the fact that most high school athletes don’t play three sports anymore, or at least asks the question of why that is the case. As Buonocore looked at the athleticContinue Reading