CHESHIRE, Conn. – A proposal from the CIAC Boys Basketball Committee to expand the Boys Basketball Championships from four divisions to five and alter the way those divisions are determined was approved by the Board of Control at its September 21, 2017 meeting for a one-year trial beginning with the 2017-18 championship. Prior to the vote from the Board of Control the proposal was shared with and vetted by all leagues and conferences, as well as the Connecticut Association of Athletic Directors (CAAD) and the Connecticut High School Coaches Association (CHSCA).
Under the new format schools have been placed in divisions using a group of factors including recent success in CIAC tournament and league championship play, the overall strength of the league in which they compete and their power point ranking over the past three seasons (determined by sum of wins of opponents they defeated).
“This new format is the result of a lot of hard work from members of our boys basketball committee and aims to address the concerns we’ve heard from our membership about inequity challenges specific to the boys basketball tournament,” CAS-CIAC Executive Director Karissa Niehoff stated. “CIAC is grateful for the feedback and participation of the CHSCA and CAAD along with all our member schools in vetting this proposal and we look forward to its implementation and an exciting boys basketball tournament.”
Schools will have the option to appeal their placement and will be moved down one division if their appeal is successful. Schools also have the option to opt up to Division 1. All the schools in Division I will qualify for the CIAC tournament, while a winning percentage of .400 will be required for tournament qualification in the other four divisions.
Appeal and opt-up requests will be accepted until September 29, with the all division placements finalized by the end of October. Appeals will be heard by a committee consisting of representatives from CAAD, CHSCA and member school principals, along with CIAC Tournament Directors and staff.
A list of the initial division placements for the 2017-18 season is included below (schools are listed alphabetically by town within the divisions).
Ffld. -Notre Dame
New Haven – Cross
Norwich Free Academy
West Htfd-N.W. Cath.
West Haven-Notre Dame
Deep River-Valley Reg
East Haddam-Hale Ray