In the changing world of constantly tweaking the boys basketball tournament format, it appears we have new one likely to be in place for the upcoming season.
In a story reported by The Bulletin, tournament director Bob Cecchini still used both enrollment and state tournament success for this proposal, but with help from a new placement review committee, each of the 184 teams that have varsity boys basketball were ranked in order. The tournament success used dated back to at least 14 years
The class divisions of LL through S will once again be renamed Divisions 1 through 4, as they were a little over a decade ago – except once you are placed in a division before the season starts, you stay there, no moving up or down based off how your season is going.
Like in years past, teams can petition to play in the highest division, Division 1.
So again according to the Bulletin story, 40 teams will be placed in Division 1, 47 in Division 2 and Division 3 and 50 in Division 4.
The CIAC boys basketball committee approved the proposal, which now goes before the state athletic directors for approval in late August, then before the CIAC Board of Controls for the same thing soon after.
The main reason for the change is the outcry of schools of choice, those programs able to draw from more than one town, winning state championships in both the Class M and S divisions.
“I think the new divisions are fair,” Cecchini told The Bulletin. “I will never satisfy 184 schools because 184 schools can’t win championships. But schools will be able to have success in the tournament once they get there.”
Read More: New plan developed for CIAC boys basketball tournaments (The Bulletin)