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CIAC Reschedules State Tournaments

Most sports will have a new starting date.

The CIAC fall tournaments in soccer, field hockey, volleyball and swimming were originally scheduled to begin on Monday, November 7th. Maintaining this schedule would require that many student-athletes would enter tournament competition after numerous days without practice or game play. After a thorough review of the calendar, discussion with tournament directors, and communication with potential host sites, the CIAC has developed a revised schedule for tournaments for the previously mentioned four sports. (Cross-country is already following a revised schedule for the remaining state class races and the State Open race).

"We are aware that many schools will not reopen until next week and that interscholastic athletic programs across the state have been seriously disrupted," commented CIAC Executive Director Dr. Karissa Niehoff. "As it became obvious that the delays and impact from the storm were going to be longer then and more widespread then originally anticipated we determined that delaying the start of the state tournaments was the appropriate course of action to take."

According to the revised schedule, the last day to count for the regular season will be Tuesday, November 8th. We will allow schools to schedule contests on Sunday, November 6th, provided that those contests occur after 12:30 p.m. Tournament competition will begin on Thursday, November 10th. Championship contests for volleyball and field hockey will be played the weekend of November 18-19; finals for girls and boys soccer on the weekend of November 25-26. We intentionally did not schedule tournament play for the three school days prior to Thanksgiving in consideration of the many events that occur in schools during that abbreviated week, to allow for rescheduling of semi-final matches if there is inclement weather, and because school fields are being used by football teams preparing for Thanksgiving Day games.

Tournament pairings for Fall sports will be announced on Wednesday, November 10 by 11:00 a.m. The following is the revised competition schedule:

BOYS SOCCER
* First Round - LL, L, M, S -- November 11
* Second Round - LL, L, M, S -- November 14
* Quarter-Finals - LL, L, M, S -- November 16
* Semi-Finals - LL, L, M, S -- November 19
* Finals - LL, L, M, S -- November 25-26

GIRLS SOCCER
* First Round - LL, L, M, S -- November 10
* Second Round - LL, L, M, S -- November 12
* Quarter-Finals - LL, L, M, S -- November 15
* Semi-Finals - LL, L, M, S -- November 18
* Finals - LL, L, M, S -- November 25-26

GIRLS VOLLEYBALL
* First Round Thursday, November 10
* Second Round - Saturday, November 12
* Quarter-Finals - M & S Monday, November 14
* Quarter Finals - L & LL Tuesday, November 15
* Semi-Finals - M & S Wednesday, November 16
* Semi-Finals - L & LL Thursday, November 17
* Finals S -- 7:00 p.m. Friday, November 18
* Finals M-- 1:00 / L -- 4:00 / LL - 7:00 p.m. Saturday, November 19

FIELD HOCKEY
* Qualifying Round - S Wednesday, November 9
* Qualifying Round - M, L Thursday, November 10
* First Round - S Thursday, November 10
* First Round - M, L Friday, November 11
* Quarter-finals - S Saturday, November 12
* Quarter-finals - M, L Monday, November 14
* Semi-finals - S Tuesday, November 15
* Semi-finals - M, L Wednesday, November 16
* Finals - All Divisions, Times TBA -- Saturday, November 19

GIRLS SWIMMING
* Diving trials and finals for classes L and M will be postponed from Wednesday, November 9 to either Friday, November 11 or Monday, November 14
* The remainder of the swimming schedule will remain as originally announced

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