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CTBALL Weekly: CTBALL Network is Here!
by posted 10/18/2020

Connecticut Basketball Weekly

Pre-Season No. 1

 November 19, 2020


Connecticut Basketball enters the 2020-21 campaign with a single priority and focus—safety in the era of COVID-19.


All of our operations have been overhauled to allow you to participate in the action from the comfort of your home!


·         At-Half Court Premieres Wednesday, November 25, 2020 at 7:00p.m.

o    You can watch Connecticut Basketball game action and programming this season from home on the Connecticut Basketball Network.

o    Our first program, At-Half Court premieres Wednesday, November 25, 2020 where we catch up with Wesleyan’s Mens’ Head Basketball Coach Joe Reilly to talk about parenting the student athlete and the keys to his program at Wesleyan. See https://youtu.be/kW9_NSdHrrY (At-Half-Court Promo).

o    Our Week 1 Game of the Week will feature the Lady Tigers of Madison (8G) taking on Coginchaug Lady Blue Devils (8G).  The boys Game of the Week will be announced next week.

·         Registration Closes soon for the 2020 Turkey Shoot.

o    As always, you play your games back-to-back as we play “winners”!  See website for more details.

o    You can register at: https://www.leagueathletics.com/Registration/Restrictions.asp?RegID=282971&org=ctbball.org

·         We Need More Interns.

o    We are in need of interns for the regular season as well as the Connecticut Basketball Network.  Many if not most of the tasks can be completed remotely. All you need do is fill out the form at the following link and we’ll get back to you:



See you on the court!

Keep rebounding!!!

Connecticut Basketball 


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Mandatory Coaches Meeting Nov. 14th!
by posted 10/18/2020

Connecticut Basketball ​Community:

We will convene via zoom for our mandatory for our Mandatory Pre-season Coaches Meeting on November 14th at 9:00a.m.

The draft agenda appear below.  After our returning coaches participate in the reviewo of our COVID-19 protocols, they may drop off and we will proceed with our new coaches orienation.  

Thank you for all you on behalf of our kids and community!

Connecticut Basketball


Connecticut Basketball Mandatory Coaches Meeting

Date:  Saturday, November 14, 2020

Time:  9:00a.m.

Address: Via Zoom and Middletown Town Green

(10 Main St, Middletown, CT 06457 (Mondo Grill))




I.   Welcome and Overview.  G Collins

II.  COVID 19 Protocols.  E. Germaly (Groton)

III. New Coaches Orientation  L. Schwartz & G Collins

IV.  New Items

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CIAC board approves Dec. 7 start date for winter sports
by posted 10/16/2020

From the Hartford Courant

October 15, 2020

The Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference approved a schedule for the winter high school sports season on Thursday, with a tentative start date for competition set for Dec. 7.

CIAC executive director Glenn Lungarini told The Courant that the decision is for scheduling purposes only, and that it doesn’t mean the board has approved any specific sport to play this winter. The CIAC is in the process of developing COVID-19 mitigation strategies with each individual sport committee, which will then be reviewed by its sports medicine committee.


All winter sports can begin practice on Nov. 21, with contests beginning on Dec. 7. Boys and girls basketball and ice hockey will be allowed to play a maximum of 16 regular-season games, no more than two per week. Boys swimming and wrestling will be allowed to hold 14 regular-season meets, also two per week, and indoor track and gymnastics can hold 12 meets.


Acting state Department of Public Health commissioner Deidre Gifford said Thursday that the department will be working with the CIAC to discuss the safety of individual sports.


“I think we’ve been pretty clear in previous situations that high risk sports ought to wait,” Gifford said. “We’ll continue to talk to them about the schedule, about the particular sports, and importantly, about any mitigation strategies that have been developed or have been successful elsewhere. But given where we are, with our spike in numbers, what the governor alluded to, what we’re seeing around sports - both locally and around the country - we’ll want to take a cautious approach to sports as we did in the fall.”


‘It’s been a learning curve for everybody’: Two weeks into the high school sports season, coaches and administrators continue to learn and adapt »


The state tournament is slated to run from Feb. 8 to Feb 21, with wrestling, track, basketball and hockey starting on Feb. 8 and all other sports on Feb. 9. Basketball and hockey will need to play a minimum of eight regular-season games to qualify for the postseason, while wrestling (seven), gymnastics (six), boys swimming (four) and indoor track (one) will be required to play fewer events to qualify.

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2020-21 Game Rules
by posted 10/16/2020

2020-21 Connecticut Basketball Game Rules

  All games are governed by CIAC high school rules except for the following:

1.        Special COVID-19 Protocols

a.     Only two coaches may sit on the bench with their team.

b.     All coaches must wear a mask.

c.     All bench chairs shall be social distanced six-feet apart.

d.     Hand sanitizer must be kept at each scorer’s table.

e.     While scorers and clock keepers do not count as coaches, there shall not be more than three persons at the scorers table at any given time (clock keeper, and scorers for each team) and the three persons must be socially distanced at all times.

f.      Only one parent may attend in-person for any game.  (Connecticut Basketball will be live-streaming neutral site games that can be viewed on any smart-tv or handheld device.)

g.     All parents must wear a mask (and remain socially distanced during the game).

2.        Game Logistics. Each game will be scheduled for 65 to 75 minute time slots. A 3-5 minute warm-up period will be allowed prior to each game. Teams are encouraged to stretch outside the gym before their game, if permitted by your host.

3.        Length of Game/Quarters. The home team—not the referee--controls the length of each quarter but quarters should never be less than 7 minutes and 8 minute quarters are preferred with a clock that stops.  The home team—not the referee—determines the length of quarters. Please note:

·         Halftime shall be limited to 3 minutes (and is otherwise a long time out)

·         The cessation of play in between quarters shall be no longer than 2 minutes.

4.    Ties. There are no ties.

a.       If the score is tied at the end of regulation, two minutes shall be placed on the clock.  The team ahead at the end of the two minutes is the winner.

b.      Overtime will commence with a jump ball. 

c.       There are no timeouts in overtime—just play.

d.      If still tied at the end of the two minutes, place another two minutes on the clock and repeat process until a winner is declared.

5.      Fouls. Team fouls reset at the half as in CIAC play for all divisions.

6.      Foul Shots. 4th Grade Boys, 5th Grade Boys and 5th Grade Girls may shoot fouls 1 foot inside of the foul line (or otherwise cross the line when attempting a foul shot). Referees are encouraged to call only blatant violations on the foul shooter at these ages.

7.      Ball Size.  4th Grade Boys, 5th Grade Boys and all Girls divisions will use a 28.5” ball.

8.      Time-outsEach team shall be allotted one full (60 second) timeout and two 30 sec. time-outs per half—that do not carry over.  Either coaches or players may call a time-out.

9.      Mercy Rule. There is a 20-point differential rule is in effect for regular season games.
If there is a 20-point differential at any point in the game, the winning team shall not press.

10.      Referees. Board certified referees must officiate each game.

11.  Player & Coaches Conduct.

a.     If a coach receives a technical foul he/she must stay seated on the bench for the remainder of the game. 

b.     If either a player or coach is ejected from a game, the ejected player or coach shall serve a three-game suspension starting with the next regular season or Connecticut Basketball tournament game. (The Club President representing the offending coach may appeal the suspension with the League.)

12.  Parents Conduct. Any parent who enters the court during the playing of the game—including the stoppage of play—shall, at the referee’s discretion, cause a forfeit of the game.

* A copy of these rules be present at each home site.

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Know Our COVID-19 Protocols
by posted 09/19/2020

Connecticut Basketball Return to Activity Notice

Version 1.0, 8/30/20


The purpose of this document is to provide Connecticut Basketball athletes, parents, coaches, member organizations and event participants with information they can use to assist them in complying with our return-to-activity programming in the context of COVID-19.  The document should be read in conjuction with the Connecticut Basketball game rules--which have been augmented to include our COVID-19 protocols. 


The information in this document is NOT intended or implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. All content is provided for general informational purposes only and to help ensure compliance with our League protocols.


Further, you should seek advice from medical professionals and/or public health officials in your area if you have specific questions. These guidelines address return-to-play guidelines as of the date of this memorandum.  Additional guidelines may, or may not, follow as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to evolve.


Finally, although the young and healthy may be subject to less severe cases of COVID-19, every case of this disease is potentially life-altering or deadly, particularly in those with risk factors that may occur within our communities. Health consequences may be long-standing and only apparent weeks after initial infection and recovery. Until COVID-19 is either eradicated, a vaccine is developed, or a cure is found, there is no way of eliminating the risk of infection. This should always be at the forefront when assessing participation in any sporting event. Thus, Connecticut Basketball teams and sister organizations should be in contact with their respective insurance carriers to determine that all coverages are appropriate for the organization and its needs. The risks of participation should be clearly communicated to parents and participants in your respective programs.


Introduction of Principles and Responsibilities

Club and Team Responsibilities:

  • Distribute protocols to members.
  • Contact insurers to ensure all coverages and communicate that information to participants prior to commencement of initial training.
  • Have an effective communication plan in place to augment Connecticut Basketball communications.
  • Execute strategies for working with Connecticut Basketball to notify adult leaders, youth and their families if the organization becomes aware of a participant or adult leader has developed COVID-19 and may have been infectious to others while at a youth activity.
  • Maintain participant confidentiality regarding health status.
  • Be sensitive and accommodating to parents who may be uncomfortable with returning to play at this time.
  • Have an action plan in place, in case of notification of a positive test result.
  • Train and educate all staff on protocols and requirements, including state and local regulations, CDC recommendations and other necessary safety information.
  • Be prepared to shut down and stop operations.
  • Develop plans for temporary closure of indoor facilities and cancellation of outdoor activities or camps for proper disinfection.
  • Provide adequate court space on bench for social distancing.
  • Provide hand sanitizing stations and waste receptacles at court for individual participant use.


Coach Responsibilities:

  • Ensure the health and safety of the participants.
  • Inquire how the athletes are feeling. Send home anyone you believe acts or looks ill.
  • Follow all state and local health protocols and guidelines.
  • Ensure all athletes have their own individual equipment whenever possible (ball, water, bag etc.)
  • Ensure coach is the only person to handle equipment (e.g. cones, disk, basketballs etc.); do not enlist parental or attendee assistance.
  • While we are an indoor sport, all training that can be conducted outdoors whenever possible and compliant with social distancing per state or local health guidelines.
  • Always wear a face mask, even when not actively coaching.
  • Coaches should maintain social distance requirements from players based on state and local health requirements.
  • Have fun, stay positive – players and parents are looking to you for leadership.

 Parent Responsibilities:

    • Ensure the health and safety of the participants.
    • Inquire how the athletes are feeling. Send home anyone you believe acts or looks ill.
    • Follow all state and local health protocols and guidelines.
    • Ensure your child is healthy, and check your child’s temperature before activities with others.
    • Consider not carpooling or very limited carpooling.
    • Stay in car or adhere to social distance requirements, based on state and local health requirement.
    • When at training/practice, wear a mask if within six feet of other persons.
    • Ensure child’s clothing is washed after every training or game.
    • Ensure all equipment (sneakers, ball, etc.) are sanitized before and after every training.
    • Notify your coach and club president immediately if your child becomes ill for any reason.
    • Do not assist your coach with equipment before or after training.
    • Be sure your child has necessary sanitizing products with them at every training or game.

 Players Responsibilities:



  • Take your temperature daily and especially before activities with others.
  • Wash hands thoroughly before and after training.
  • Bring, and use, hand sanitizer with you at every training.
  • Wear mask before and immediately after all training.
  • Do not touch or share anyone else’s equipment, water, food or bags.
  • Practice social distancing, place bags and equipment at least 6 feet apart.
  • Wash and sanitize all equipment before and after every training.
  • No group celebrations, high-5s, hugs, handshakes, fist-bumps, etc.
  • Follow all CDC guidelines as well those of our local health authorities. 

Guidance for Neutral Site and Home Games/Events        

  • Registration/player check in tables (if utilized) should be cleaned prior to event.
  • Registration desk assistants/staff should wear a mask and disposable gloves.
  • Every person should be required to clean his or her hands with readily accessible hand sanitizer.
  • Hand sanitizer needs to be present on registration table(s) as well as the scorers table.
  • Emphasis should be placed on electronic forms. Try to move away from paper registration forms.
  • No handshakes, high-5s or group celebrations; consider alternatives that avoid contact like hand waves, gestures, etc. during or after the game.

​See also Connecticut Basketball 2020-21 Game Rules for more detail.

Additional Resources

CDC: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html Move United: https://www.moveunitedsport.org/

Special Olympics: https://resources.specialolympics.org/resources-to-help-during-the-crisis Special Olympics Infographic: https://media.specialolympics.org/resources/covid- 19/SO_CoVid19-Infographic-English.jpg?_ga=2.93243544.460203483.1588346705- 2032247575.1588346705

Federation for Children with Special Needs: https://fcsn.org/

Autism; Wearing a Mask Social Story: https://paautism.org/resource/wearing-mask-social-s

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Registration is Open for Turkey Shoot 2020!
by posted 05/25/2020

Registration for Connecticut Basketball's annual Turkey Shoot on Nov. 27th-29th is open!  This season we will host high school age brackets in addition to travel age brackets (4th-8th)!

This tournament will be played as follows:​

1.Teams are placed in four team brackets.

2.Like a Holiday-Style tourney, the winners of the first two games play each other in the Championship game.The two losing teams play each other in the Consolation game

3.Most brackets particularly for those teams that are traveling long distances will be played on the same day in a two to three hour time-period.

The fee for the two games is $180  (You will be billed after your bracket has been filled.) Note: As with all Connecticut Basketball travel playall players from any Club or team must be from the same town and grade appropriate.

Games will be played at:
Sports on 66
265 High Street
East Hampton, CT 06424.


To register, just click the big red button on our website!

See you on the court!

Connecticut Basketball

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Photo of the Year
by posted 05/24/2020

Connecticut Basketball Family

After more than 2000 regular season, playoff and All-Star games, three tourneys and three community services initiatives—including our Thanksgiving Food Drive and Coaches Versus Cancer campaign-- our 2019-20 season has sadly come to an end.

One of the many things that sets our League apart is that we have a mission: to teach winning habits and help young people get prepared for life

Connecticut Basketball also serves the equally important purpose of bringing the diverse populations in our community together.

Which brings us to your Photo of the Year

This year’s photo features two young players—both on a trajectory to be two of the State’s top high school players in just a few short years.

They hail from different communities but share an intense drive to be the best at their craft—a drive that brought them face-to-face in this year’s 4B Championship game.

When they came together to play as teammates in this year’s All-Star Classic—and to connect as friends--it inspired all of us.  And reminded each of us why our League and our shared mission is so important.

Please enjoy your photo of the year and thank you for all you do for our kids and community.

And as always . . .

Keep rebounding!

Connecticut Basketball

Coach Gary

Gary H. Collins, President 

425 Main Street

4th Floor, Suite 404

Middletown, CT 06457


(c) (860) 316-7183


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Boys Champions!!!
by posted 03/03/2020

Congratulations to our Boys NCAA Champions!  We will post our NIT Champions shortly!

Keep rebounding!

Connecticut Basketball

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