According to Matthew Martorelli, the athletic director in charge of the tournament, Feb. 18 was the original final day to qualify for the CCC tournament, but because of the weather causing havoc on the high school sports schedule over the last month or so, teams were not going to get all of their regular season games completed by that date.
“For the CCC tournament, we were trying to have the games completed by the 19th [at the latest],” Martorelli said.
There are even teams still playing regular season games on Saturday while the tournament will be going on. Manchester plays at Windsor on Saturday in a game that could have state tournament implications for the Warriors.
Glastonbury has three games left on its schedule, needing one win to qualify for the state tournament, making these regular season games more important than the CCC tournament.
The last day to qualify for the CIAC state tournament is February 25.
Martorelli has heard from the teams 9 trough 16 and said they are upset, but that there was really no other option.
“We have our hands tied with the amount of days we have left to play,” Martorelli said. “It really is unfortunate.”
As it stands right now, the opening round of the tournament will be held Feb. 22 at New Britain High School.