Basketball & Hockey CIAC Tournament Media Information

ciacnewCHESHIRE, Conn. – The CIAC is providing information for media coverage of the 2016 CIAC Basketball and Boys Hockey Tournament as the tournaments progress.

  • There will be no credentialing process for tournament games in either sport prior to the finals, media can use identification they’ve used during the regular season. Media are encouraged to contact host sites in advance of the game to insure accommodations.
  • The annual CIAC Basketball and Hockey press conferences featuring athletes and coaches from the 22 finalists will be held on Wednesday March 16 and Thursday March 17 at the Aqua Turf Club in Southington. The girls basketball press conference will be held on Wednesday from 10:30 a.m.-1:15 p.m. and the joint boys basketball and ice hockey press conference will take place on Thursday from 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Media are asked to e-mail Joel Cookson at jcooksonatcasciacdotorg  (jcooksonatcasciacdotorg)   if they are planning to attend so the CIAC can get an accurate head count.
  • The schedule for the eight basketball finals will most likely be released Wednesday evening shortly after the conclusion of the majority of the boys basketball semifinals.
  • The CIAC will host the eight basketball finals at The Mohegan Sun Arena March 19-20 with five games played over two sessions on Saturday and three games in a single session on Sunday. An online application for media credentials for championship games will be available on http://CIACsports.com at 12 p.m. on Monday, March 14 and a release with the credential application link will also be distributed.
  • The hockey finals will take place March 18 and 19 at Yale University Ingalls Rink with the Division II final at 7:30 p.m. on Friday March 18, and the Division III and Division I finals at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. respectively on Saturday March 19. A separate boys hockey finals credentials link will also be available on http://CIACsports.com on Monday, March 14 and the link will also be distributed.
  • The NFHS Network and CPTVSports hold the exclusive streaming and broadcast rights for the CIAC basketball and hockey finals. Those planning to provide radio broadcast of CIAC Tournament finals must complete the CIAC Broadcast Application which is available here: http://casci.ac/1491 and pay the rights fee associated with those broadcasts in addition to submitting the online credential request.
  • The 2016 CIAC Basketball Dedication ceremony will be held at The Cabaret Theater at the Mohegan Sun on Saturday March 19, beginning at 9 a.m. and is open to the public with no ticketing. Information about the honorees can be found here: http://ciacsports.com/site/?p=9511.
  • The CIAC is also looking for writers interested in producing game stories for the basketball, hockey or swimming championships. Anyone interested should contact Joel Cookson via e-mail at jcooksonatcasciacdotorg  (jcooksonatcasciacdotorg)  .
  • The basketball championship weekend also provides a showcase for Unified Sports basketball as a Unified game is scheduled to take place at halftime of four of the championship games. The two afternoon games on both Saturday and Sunday will feature Unified Sports teams competing on the Mohegan Sun court during halftime.

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