CIAC approves switch to five basketball division

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.

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 Sept. 21 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).

Division I
Bridgeport-Bassick
Danbury
East Hartford
Ffld. -Notre Dame
Fairfield Prep.
Hamden
Hartford-Weaver
Manchester-E. Cath.
New Haven–Hillhouse
New Haven – Cross
Norwich Free Academy
Ridgefield
Stamford-Trinity Cath.
Trumbull
Waterbury-Crosby
Waterbury-Holy Cross
Waterbury-Kennedy
Wtby-Sacred Heart
W. Htfd-N.W. Cath.
W. Haven-Notre Dame
Windsor

Division II
Bloomfield
Bridgeport Central
Bristol Central
Cheshire
Danbury-Immaculate
Darien
Fairfield Ludlowe
Fairfield Warde
Glastonbury
Greenwich
Hartford Public
Ledyard
Manchester
Meriden-Maloney
Middletown
Middletown-Xavier
Naugatuck
New Britain
New Haven-Career
New London
New Milford
Newington
Newtown
Norwalk
Norwalk-McMahon
Shelton
Simsbury
South Windsor
Southbury-Pomperaug
Stamford
Stamford-Westhill
Trumbull-St. Joseph
Waterbury Career
Waterbury-Wilby
West Haven
Westport-Staples
Wethersfield
Wilton
Woodbridge-Amity

Division III
Avon
Berlin
Bethel
Branford
Bridgeport-Harding
Bpt.-Kolbe Cath.
Bristol Eastern
Bristol-St. Paul
Brookfield
East Haven
East Lyme
Enfield
Farmington
Groton-Fitch
Guilford
Hartford-A.I. Prince
Hartford-Bulkeley
Hebron-RHAM
Killingly
Madison-Hand
Manchester-Cheney
Meriden-Platt
Monroe-Masuk
New Canaan
New Fairfield
North Haven
Redding-Joel Barlow
Southington
Storrs-E.O. Smith
Stratford
Stratford-Bunnell
Tolland
Torrington
Wallingfd-Lyman Hall
Wallingford-Sheehan
Waterford
Watertown
W. Htfd-Conard
W. Htfd-Hall
Weston
Wolcott
Woodstock Academy

Division IV
Ansonia
Ansonia-O’Brien
Bridgeport-Bullard
Burlington-Mills
Colchester-Bacon
Danbury-Abbott
Deep River-Valley Reg
Durham-Coginchaug
Ellington
Granby Memorial
Griswold
Groton-Grasso
Hartford-Classical
Hartford-SMSA
Hartford-University
Higganum-HK
Killingly-Ellis
Meriden-Wilcox Tech.
Middletown-Vinal
Milford-Foran
Milford-J. Law
Milford-Platt Tech.
New Britain-Goodwin
New Haven-Amistad
New Haven-Creed
Norwich Tech.
Plainfield
Plainville
Rocky Hill
Seymour
Stonington
Suffield
Uncasville-St. Bernard
Vernon-Rockville
Waterbury-Kaynor
Windham
Windham Tech.
Windsor-AAE
Winsted-N.W. Reg.
Woodbury-Nonnewaug

Division V
Beacon Falls-Woodland
Bloomfield-MLC
Bolton
Canton
Chaplin-Parish Hill
Clinton-Morgan
Coventry
Cromwell
Derby
East Granby
East Haddam-Hale Ray
East Hampton
East Windsor
Enfield-Public Safety
Falls Vill-Housatonic
Hamden-Eli Whitney
Hartford-Achievement
Hartford-Capital Prep
Hartford-HMTCA
Lebanon-Lyman Mem
Litchfield
Litchfield-Wamogo
Montville
New Britain-Innovation
No. Branford
No Stonington-Wheeler
Old Lyme
Old Saybrook
Oxford
Portland
Putnam
Somers
Stafford
Terryville
Thomaston
Thompson-Tourtellotte
Torrington-Wolcott
Washington-Shepaug
Westbrook
Windsor Locks
Winsted-Gilbert

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