The top two teams in each of the three divisions qualify in boys soccer, basketball and baseball among other sports that feature the three-division format (girls soccer has only enough teams for two divisions and therefore just a four-team tournament). The other two wildcard selections will be by application process.
According to the CSC bylaws, any other team not finishing in the top two slots can apply for admission to the tournament via email to the league commissioner 48 hours before the seeding meeting. Material requested by all CSC teams applying include: record vs. non-divisional opponents and a complete breakdown of the team’s overall schedule with scores, dates and sites.
There is seeding criteria, where teams will be awarded points for wins over league teams and non-CSC state qualifiers, road wins and common opponents.
“We have very specific criteria,” said league commissioner Jim Day. “I think it is pretty straight forward. Either teams earn the points or they don’t. We will evaluate it after we have gone through it. I’m comfortable with it. Our league needs to work on raising the level of its (non-league) competition and this is a way we can do that.”
Day couldn’t remember the exact vote to approve this new tournament format, but did say it was a majority vote.
Day said the committee meeting for soccer will be Oct. 24.
Bassick and Harding leave the FCIAC for the CSC next year, which will bring the total of 23 teams in the CSC. Day said both teams will be placed in the West Division, which features area teams Platt Tech, O’Brien Tech and Whitney Tech.