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CTBBALL Weekly: The Fire in Which We All Burn . . .
by posted 01/20/2022

Connecticut Basketball Weekly

January 20, 2022

If time is the fire in which we all burn, many CTBBALL teams are feeling in the heat to perfect their defensive schemes, press breaks, and Four Corner offenses before time expires on the regular season and the quest for a Connecticut Basketall crown and a birth in the New England Championships in March.

Three things for this week:

(1) Connecticut Basketball Playoffs. 

  • All CTBBALL teams qualify for the playoffs.

  • Teams that are below .500--as of February 13, 2022--play in the Nutmeg Invitational Tournament aka "NIT" with the other teams who finish below .500.

  • Teams that are .500 or above--as of February 13, 2022--play in the Nutmeg Collection of Awesome Athletes aka "NCAA" tournament with the other teams that finish at .500 or above.

  • Both the NCAA and NIT tournaments are single elimination tournaments.

  • The playoffs begin on Thursday, February 24, 2022 and run through March 6, 2022.

(2) Qualifying for the New England Championships

  • The New England Championships follow the Connecticut Basketball playoffs in Providence--Tiverton, RI on March 18-20, 2022.  

  • There are three ways to qualify for the New New England Championships: (1) Advance to the Championship Game in any one of CTBBALL's tournaments (Turkey Shoot; Santa's Shootout; President's Day Classic); (2) Advance to the Championship Game of the CTBBALL playoffs; or (3) Be selected as an At-Large team by CTBBALL by advancing to the Final Four of the CTBBALL playoffs.

  • For more details of the New England Championships, see https://www.statebasketballchampionship.com/new-england

(3)  Coaches Versus CancerWe tipped off our Coaches versus Cancer last week .  Coaches versus Cancer will culminate on the weekend of February 4-6, 2022 in which all players parents and coaches will be in PINK in a show of solidarity with those battling cancer.  To donate to our campaign, just visit our website http://www.ctbball.org and click on nthe red button!  All funds go directly to the American Cancer Society's account.

Please continue to confirm your games each week and make sure your scores are up to date and posted within 24 hours of your game as we have begun playoff planning and it will effect your seed/opponent.  (If a score is not posted, we have no choice but to assume you won the game--which in almost all circumstances, results in a tougher bracket/opponent.)

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

Keep rebounding!

Onward Together!!


Connecticut Basketball 

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From The Courant: State may be past variant peak
by posted 01/15/2022

State may be past variant peak

Epidemiologist points to dip in new cases and patients in hospitals

By Alex Putterman Hartford Courant

Connecticut may have finally passed the worst of the omicron variant outbreak late this week, as hospitalizations and the overall caseload continue to decline.

Dr. Ulysses Wu, chief epidemiologist at Hartford HealthCare, pointed Friday to recent dips in Connecticut’s positivity rate, its rate of new cases, its number of patients hospitalized with COVID-19, its number of patients in intensive care and on ventilators, and its daily hospital admissions.

“Looking at all those numbers, if they hold true and they all stay down, we are now on the downside of the rollercoaster at this point,” Wu said.

\The nearly two-year-old pandemic has devastated Connecticut, with 9,442 deaths and more than 600,000 confirmed and probable cases. Even still, the state has nearly 2,000 patients hospitalized with COVID-19, not far off the record level established in spring 2020.

Wu and other experts had previously predicted that COVID-19 cases would peak in mid-January but that hospitalizations would continue to rise somewhat longer. Pedro Mendes, a computational biologist at UConn Health, said Friday that his models still project hospitalizations to peak on Jan. 17.

In recent days, however, the state’s numbers have leveled off and even begun to reverse direction. On Friday, the state reported a positivity below 20% for the first time in several weeks, as well as a slight dip in hospitalizations for the second straight day. While cases and hospitalizations remain at extremely high levels, the trend line seems promising for the first time in months.

In some places where the omicron variant has spread rapidly, including South Africa and the United Kingdom, cases have declined quickly after reaching a peak. In other places, including New York City, metrics have leveled off for a period before eventually falling.

Wu cautioned that Connecticut’s encouraging trends are not
guaranteed to continue and that the state’s progress remains fragile.
“There is a big ‘if,’ ” he said. “And that is if these numbers continue to hold.”

Cases, positivity rate

Connecticut on Friday reported 8,783 new COVID-19 cases out of 45,398 tests, for a daily positivity rate of 19.4%. The state’s seven-day positivity rate now stands at 22.2%, down from 23.6% earlier this week.
Connecticut has now averaged 9,123 daily COVID-19 cases over the past week, also down slightly from earlier this week. Unvaccinated residents have been about three times as likely to test positive in recent weeks as vaccinated residents, according to state numbers.

Still, all eight Connecticut counties — along with nearly the entire rest of the country — are recording “high” levels of COVID-19 transmission as defined by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. With this level of transmission, the CDC advises people to wear a mask in public indoor settings.

As of Friday, Connecticut had 1,895 patients hospitalized with COVID-19, down 22 from Thursday and down 44 from earlier this week.

Hospital officials say some of patients hospitalized with COVID-19 were admitted for non-coronavirus reasons before testing positive upon arrival but that a majority have significant COVID-19 symptoms.
According to the state, 66.2% of people hospitalized with COVID-19 are unvaccinated. Hospital officials say the rate is significantly higher when considering only patients with severe symptoms.

Connecticut reports COVID-19 deaths on Thursdays. This week, the state reported 161 deaths, bringing its total during the pandemic to 9,442.

As COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations have surged in Connecticut over recent weeks, deaths have risen but still remain far below the levels recorded last winter. Unvaccinated people in Connecticut have been about 19 times as likely to die from COVID-19 in recent weeks as those who are vaccinated, according to state numbers.
The United States has now recorded 847,105 COVID-19 deaths, according to the Coronavirus Resource Center at Johns Hopkins University.


As of Friday, 90.6% of all Connecticut residents and 95% of those 12 and older had received at least one COVID-19 vaccine dose, while 75.5% of all residents and 84.2% of those 12 and older were fully vaccinated, according to the CDC.
Additionally, about 47.1% of fully vaccinated Connecticut residents 18 or older have received a booster dose.
The CDC warns that booster shots are sometimes misclassified as first doses, likely inflating the reported number of first-dose coverage and understating the true number of people who have received boosters.

Alex Putterman can be reached at aputterman@courant.com.

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Honoring Dr. King: Being the Best Version of Yourself
by posted 01/12/2022

Connecticut Basketball Community Service 

January 12, 2022

Almost 50 years ago, the Martin Luther King Day 2014, gave a speech entitled, “Facing the Challenge of a New Age” (December 3rd, 1956).

King, then 27, gave this speech at the Holt Street Baptist Church in Montgomery Alabama, provided one of his many important insights that is still relevant today--especially to the thousands of young people in our Program:  

“We must set out to do a good job, irrespective of race, and do it so well that nobody could do it better.

Whatever your life’s work is, do it well. Even if it does not fall in the category of one of the so-called big professions, do it well. As one college president said, “A man should do his job so well that the living, the dead, and the unborn could do it no better.” If it falls your lot to be a street sweeper, sweep streets like Michelangelo painted pictures, like Shakespeare wrote poetry, like Beethoven composed music; sweep streets so well that all the host of Heaven and earth will have to pause and say, “Here lived a great street sweeper, who swept his job well.”

As coaches (and leaders) we try to convey these imporant principles by coaching the following winning habits:

You should always be in a constant state of improvement.

The goal is to become the best version of yourself on and off the basketball court. 

As we again, consider the important task of honoring Dr. King not just on Monday everyday of the year--one of the best ways to do so is to redouble our efforts to inspire every person in our Program to be the best version of themselves.

Keep Rebounding!

Onward Together!!

Connecticut Basketball 


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CIAC Updated COVID Guidance
by posted 01/12/2022

Connecticut  Basketball Community:

Earlier this week on January 11, 2022, the CIAC updated its COVID guidance.

In doing so it noted:

  • The revised guidance is "a fluid document and will be updated as more data, health metrics, and sport specific information become available."
  • "All winter CIAC sports are scheduled to start on time, play full regular seasons, and compete in CIAC state championship post-season play."
  • "Schools should make every effort to reschedule postponed games before the last date to count for CIAC tournament qualification."

A copy of the complete report can be viewed at the following link


Keep rebounding!

Onward Together!!

Connecticut Basketball

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Coaches v Cancer 2022 Campaign is Here!
by posted 01/10/2022

Connecticut  Basketball Community:

Our annual Coaches versus Cancer campaign--to benefit the American Cancer Society--begins this weekend and culminates on Febuary 4th-6th with our annual PINKOUT.  All parents, players and coaches will wear pink  as show of solidarity with the millions of kids and adults effected by cancer during all League games played during the weekend.

To make a team or individual contribution--which goes directly to the American Cancer Society, just go to the Connecticut Basketball website (http://www.ctbball.org) and click the Blue button labeled "Coaches v. Cancer."  You can also make a donation by clicking on this link: https://secure.acsevents.org/site/STR?fr_id=101370&pg=team&team_id=2616251.which also will take you to our page on the American Cancer Society's site.

This will take you to our League's American Cancer Society campaign page.  Again, all contributions go directly to the American Cancer Society.
Keep rebounding!

Onward Together!!

Connecticut Basketball

The American Cancer Society reports than an estimated 15,780 children and adolescents will be diagnosed with cancer this year alone. In addition, 1,960 children will lose their lives to cancer this year.  While advances in treatments have increased survival for some cancers affecting children and adolescents, cancer remains THE leading cause of death by disease for children in the United States.  Scientific discovery is essential to drive advances against the childhood cancers that have seen little or no progress and remain deadly.

You can read more about the League's Coaches Versus Cancer initiative and access the webpage to make a donation at the Connecticut Basketball website: http://www.ctball.org.

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How to Post Your Scores
by posted 12/04/2021

Connecticut Basketball Coaches:

One of your important game day responsibilities--in addition to ensuring you have a bookkeeper and clock keeper for your game--is to post your score after the game is complete.

This is critical to help us monitor team strength for competitive balance as well as making sure our standings are correct for playoff seeding, etc.

Recording your score on the website is a simple five step process.

Step 1:  Sign Into Your Account

Step 2:  Navigate to Your Team Page

The screen that will appear should look as follows:


Step 3:  Click The "Results" Tab on the Left Side of Your Team Page

The screen that will appear will look as follows:

Step 4:  Scroll Down to the Game For Which the Score Needs to be Entered and Click the Yellow Icon to the Right.

The screen that will appear will look as follows:

Step 5:  Enter the Score in the "Points" Field Beneath the Team Name.  (See above) Then hit "submit" at the bottom and your score will then appear on your team page and on the black scoreboard on the homepage!














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How to Keep a Scorebook
by posted 12/04/2021

Connecticut Basketball Coaches & Families:
Keeping a scorebook is an important game day responsibility of each coach.  In addition to helping with post game analysis of your team's performance, if there is a dispute during a game regarding the score, fouls, etc.--the home team's book controls.
What follows are three short videos that explain, "How to Keep a ScoreBook."
Best of luck this season!
Onward Together!!
Connecticut Basketball
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How to Change a Scheduled Game
by posted 12/01/2021

Connecticut Basketball Community

As we come back from COVID to tip-off the 2021-22 COVID campaign, there are many new parents, coaches and Club leaders. 

In light of all the new faces, we thought it would be helpful to review how to change a game.

There are three key principles (and steps) to keep in mind when changing a game.

First, try to never cancel a game and figure out a way to play.   Our culture is to never cancel.  For example, Clinton 5B—rather than cancel—played two back-to-back tournament games last weekend with 5 players rather than cancel.  Cancellations create numerous problems for your host and/or home gym so please assess whether there’s any way to play the game.

Second, if you absolutely must cancel (or change) a game, the steps are as follows:

  1. Call/Contact Your Opponent.  The first step is to call your opponent and try to come to an agreement as to when the game can be played.

  2. The Host Cost Should Then Contact Their Club’s Scheduler (or President).  Your Club’s scheduler (or President) will advise regarding the open gym slots—that will not cause a conflict.  To view your Club’s (or any Club’s) gym slots all you need do is:

    1. Click on the “FACILITIES” tab on the website.

    2. Scroll down to the facility in question.

    3. When you find the facility you’re looking for, click the small gray icon to the far right.  All gym slots for that facility will be instantly displayed..   

  3. Changing the Game.  To actually change the game:

    1. Stay in the view from Step 2 in which you are viewing all the venues games.

    2. Go to the game in question and click on the yellow icon to the left of the game.

    3. A screen like the one below will appear.  All you need do is use the drop downs to change the venue, time or opponent (who will all appear in each drop down). 

    4. When you’re done, click SUBMIT at the bottom of the page and the game is changed.  Please note: If the boxes above the SUBMIT button are check, the change will go to all interested parties including players and parents. 

    5. In the rare and extreme case in which a game must be cancelled, click on the "STATUS" icon and change the status to "CANCELLED".  The game will then appear with a red line through it signifying that its been cancelled.

Third, 0nly Schedulers, Club President’s and Team Leaders have security access to change a game.  Please contact our webmaster, Lotus Schwartz if you believe there is a concern regarding whether you have the right level of access.

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

Onward Together

Connecticut Basketball

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