The Cup was created in the early 1980s as the brainchild of Roy Michaels, the owner of Michaels Jewelry, in an effort to recognize outstanding athletic programs. The program recognized yearly winners since that time, and then in 2008 transitioned directly to CIAC oversight of the program.
A committee of CIAC staff, along with representative of other Connecticut High School athletic organizations oversees the selection. Participating schools are asked to submit information via a survey, and a mathematical formula is used to analyze the data. The committee reviews the statistical data and discusses the merits of each potential award recipient based on a comparison of its written criteria and CIAC compliance. All programs that surpass a specific statistical threshold are recognized as exemplary athletic programs within their CIAC class. The top programs are asked to submit additional detailed information, and the committee uses that data to select an overall CIAC Michaels Achievement Cup recipient.
The exemplary programs are notified in late summer, and the overall winner from the previous academic year is announced and recognized publically at a CIAC function in the fall.
|Andrea Lavery||Portland High School|
|Ken Lipshez||Connecticut Sports Writers Alliance|
|John Michaels||Michaels, Inc.|
|Beth Sarnacki||Cromwell High School|
|Dan Scavone||Berlin High School|
|Beth Smith||Shelton High School|
|Trish Witkin||Glastonbury High School|
I. SPORTSMANSHIP (30%)
- Coaching Disqualifications and Player Disqualifications
- Sportsmanship Week Participation:
- Percentage of coaches that attend rule interpretation meetings.
- Holding of Preseason meetings held to discuss conduct and acceptable behavior at contests for parents and athletes
- Sportsmanship recognition from outside groups (League, Officials Association, etc.)
II. PARTICIPATION (20%)
- The percentage of the total number of athletes on the CIAC Eligibility Lists (including non-CIAC Sanctioned Sports) compared to total CIAC School enrollment determined automatically by data reported online.
- Participation numbers are adjusted by DRG.
III. ATHLETIC/SCHOLARSHIP (20%)
- CIAC scholar athlete(s) submitted
- School recognition or award programs specifically for student athletes who perform well academically.
- Athletic department requires all coaches to monitor their athletes’ grade point averages and academic progress.
- Higher Academic Standards than CIAC minimal requirements for Athletes.
IV. ATHLETIC PERSONNEL (10%)
- Employment of a certified athletic trainer.
- School provides ongoing professional development opportunities to your coaching staff relative to CIAC Rules, safe and healthful coaching practices and understanding child and adolescent development?
- School encourages coaches to attend outside professional workshops, conferences and seminars.
V. EQUITY (10%)
- Athletic programs are provided equitable financial resources.
- Athletic programs are provided with adequate athletic facilities which are equally maintained.
- Athletic Programs are provided with adequate equipment and uniforms.
VI. CHEMICAL FREE INITIATIVES (5%)
- Written rules and regulations for student athletes as to substance abuse. (i.e. alcohol, drugs and steroid)?
- Teams are required to attend preseason team meetings to discuss team rules including substance abuse.
- Athletes are required to have made a written and signed commitment to be free of substance abuse during the season.
- Representatives from each of the sports attend substance abuse Leadership Training Workshops.
VII. ATHLETIC ACHEIVEMENT (5%)
- Percentage of the total number of victories as compared to their total CIAC number of games scheduled
Avon, Brookfield, Darien, East Hampton, Fairfield Ludlowe, Foran, Gilbert, Glastonbury, Haddam-Killingworth, Joel Barlow, Ledyard, Northwest Catholic, Notre Dame-Fairfield, Valley Regional, Wamogo, Weston, Westbrook, and Woodland, were the programs that received recognition as exemplary programs. The 18 schools represent all six classifications and are selected based on achievement in seven distinct areas which are sportsmanship, participation, athletic scholarship, athletic personnel, equity, chemical free initiatives and athletic achievement.
The 18 schools will be honored at the CIAC Sportsmanship Conference at the AquaTurf in Southington on November 15, and the overall Michael’s Achievement Cup recipient will be announced. The Michael’s Achievement Cup was created in the early 1980s as the brainchild of Roy Michaels, the owner of Michaels Jewelry, in an effort to recognize outstanding athletic programs. The program recognized yearly winners since that time, and then in 2008 transitioned directly to CIAC oversight of the program.
The 2011-12 Michael’s Achievement Cup Exemplary Programs By Class:
- LL: Fairfield Ludlow, Glastonbury
- L: Avon, Darien
- MM: Brookfield, Foran, Joel Barlow, Ledyard
- M: Haddam-Killingworth, Weston, Woodland
- SS: East Hampton, Northwest Catholic, Valley Regional
- S: Gilbert, Notre Dame-Fairfield, Wamogo, Westbrook
Glastonbury, determined to be the top program in Class LL by a formula that computed values from seven criteria, was chosen from a pool of class recipients that also included:
- Class LL – Simsbury
- Class L – Daniel Hand, Farmington and East Lyme
- Class MM – Brookfield and Joel Barlow
- Class M – Weston and Holy Cross
- Class SS – Valley Regional, Northwest Catholic and Notre Dame-West Haven
- Class S – Shepaug Valley, East Granby, Gilbert and St. Bernard
On the field Glastonbury claimed girls state titles in soccer, gymnastics and indoor track & field, and added 15 finishes in the quarterfinals or better in other state tournaments.