Category Archives: Coaches

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.

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

Linked Up – Fall Championships 2019

I’m sure we write this every season of every year, but it’s a little hard to believe we have reached championship season once again. But we have, which means Linked Up – Fall Championships 2019 makes its triumphant debut. Always one of the most fun stories to publish every year as it highlights teams andContinue 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

CIAC Mourns Passing Of John Fontana

CIAC Mourns Passing Of John Fontana

CHESHIRE, Conn. – CAS-CIAC and its staff join with countless others in mourning the passing of Connecticut High School Coaches Association Executive Director John Fontana. There are few individuals who have made a larger impact on the world of Connecticut high school sports than Fontana did through his 31 years of work leading the CHSCAContinue Reading

Register Now For CIAC Sportsmanship Conference

Register Now For CIAC Sportsmanship Conference

Mark your calendars now and get your student-athletes ready for the 2019 CIAC Sportsmanship Conference, taking place Thursday, November 21. One of the largest events CIAC holds each year, the event at the AquaTurf Club will feature a Keynote speaker, Class Act School presentations, Michaels Cup honors and more. Click here to register for theContinue 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

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

Schedule Set For 2019 Fall Rules Interpretation Meetings

CIAC rules and regulations require head coaches or their designee to represent their school annually at a rules interpretation meeting for their sport. Other coaches are encouraged to attend. Below is the schedule for the fall 2019 rules interpretations meetings provided to CIAC by officials’ organizations and leagues. If your coach cannot make the meetingContinue Reading

CIAC To Honor Seven Individuals At Basketball Dedication Event

CHESHIRE, Conn. – The CIAC will kick-off a weekend of basketball championships culminating the “Run to the Sun” with the 2019 Boys and Girls State Basketball Championships Dedication at The Cabaret Theater at the Mohegan Sun on Saturday March 16. The dedication ceremony on Saturday will begin the weekend of basketball by honoring seven individualsContinue Reading