High School Sports

CIAC Cancels Its Postseason Tournaments — But Not Season

The Staples baseball team celebrates last year’s state title.

The CIAC, following a board of controls meeting this morning, decided not to cancel the spring season but will cancel all of its postseason tournaments. It also said any play would be limited to the month of June.

For any games and meets to take place, all schools would have to be open. Gov. Ned Lamont has ordered schools closed until at least May 20.

In a letter to school principals and superintendents, CIAC executive director Glenn Lungarini wrote, “After much consideration, the CIAC has decided that any potential spring sports experiences will be limited to the month of June. Carrying spring sport experiences from the current school year into July presents significant challenges for school districts and student-athletes. The CIAC has also decided that we will not run any spring state championship events. It is our position that any spring sports experience should maximize opportunities for student-athletes within individual schools and leagues.”

In considering these decisions, the CIAC surveyed superintendents, principals, and athletic directors. In addition, we consulted with the Connecticut State Medical Society, Sports Medicine Committee. We also collaborated with Commissioner Cardona, sought input from the Department of Public Health, and received numerous communications from student-athletes and parents. As we prepare for our May 7th CIAC Board of Control meeting, we will continue collaboration with all stakeholder groups. We anticipate further guidance from the Commissioner Cardona and Governor Lamont on the status of school closures, as well as criteria for safely returning to community events and activities.

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“In considering these decisions, the CIAC surveyed superintendents, principals, and athletic directors. In addition, we consulted with the Connecticut State Medical Society, Sports Medicine Committee. We also collaborated with Commissioner Cardona, sought input from the Department of Public Health, and received numerous communications from student-athletes and parents. As we prepare for our May 7th CIAC Board of Control meeting, we will continue collaboration with all stakeholder groups. We anticipate further guidance from the Commissioner Cardona and Governor Lamont on the status of school closures, as well as criteria for safely returning to community events and activities.”

Any competition would thus be limited to league play.

Asked whether the FCIAC had put together any possible schedules, league commissioner Dave Schulz said, “If we do go back to school, there are so many things we’ve talked about at the AD meetings in concept. If we are able to go we will put something together. We would be waiting for the guidelines from the state.”