High School Sports

CIAC Delays Start Of Winter Sports Until Jan. 19

Ridgefield players celebrate after defeating Trinity Catholic last March to win the FCIAC boys basketball title.

The CIAC announced today that it will postpone the start of the winter sports season until Jan. 19. That followed a meeting by the board of control this morning.

That date is applicable as the first day of practices for all 10 sports. By CIAC bylaws, competition cannot by played until after 10 days of practice.

Practices were scheduled to begin on Dec. 5, but with the number of COVID cases rising at so many schools and throughout the state, the decision was made to move the date back six and a half weeks.

The Jan. 19 starting date, according to CIAC executive director Glenn Lungarini, was established because it falls two weeks after students are supposed to return to class following their holiday break.

Lungarini, as was the case with fall sports, said the situation is fluid and will be dependent on health metrics.

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Lungarini said that a final date for winter sports has not yet been established. A decision will come weighing both the start of the season, plans for the beginning of the spring season and the dates for an alternative second semester football season. Conditioning for that is scheduled to being on Feb. 22, with the final games on April 17.

For football players that also participate in a winter sport, the first football games are scheduled for March 19.

“Now that we’ve established Jan. 19 as the start date the next step for us will be working to look at the calendar to identify what the end dates and tournament dates will be,” Lungarini said.


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