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    Monday, April 15, 2024

    Sources: CIAC likely to play abbreviated, regionalized fall sports season

    Waterford's Aimee Girard, left, and Ledyard's Abby DiRico battle for possession during a girls' soccer game last season at Blonders Field in Ledyard. Sources haved told The Day that the CIAC is likely to play an abbreviated, regionalized fall season starting in late September. (Sarah Gordon/The Day)
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    Sources connected to the Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference revealed several potential fall sports scenarios Tuesday, indicating the most likely outline features an abbreviated season for traditional fall sports beginning in late September.

    State athletic directors were presented four different options during a meeting with CIAC officials last week. Conditioning would begin under the likeliest plan, according to several sources, in late August. Practices would begin in mid-September and games would begin in late September.

    The plan also features regionalized scheduling, more games on weekends and no official state tournaments, but region-based tournaments in early November.

    Sources said the plans called for football season of "5 to 6" games and around 10 games for other fall sports.

    "Keep in mind this is all tentative," the source said. "But this is how it's looking right now."

    Eastern Connecticut Conference officials are already discussing region-based scheduling, league sources said.

    "I am so hopeful that the kids will have a chance to play and staying local makes perfect sense," Waterford girls' soccer coach Chris Ghiglia said. "I do question delaying the start however as players are already conditioning and playing in summer leagues. To me it makes more sense to start earlier rather than later while numbers are good. We don't know what it will look like later this fall."

    Killingly football coach Chad Neal said his team was slated to begin Organized Team Activities (OTAs) Aug. 12. This plan may delay such a gathering until later in August.

    "If medical personnel are good with it, then I'm OK with anything that gets the kids playing," Neal said.

    The CIAC is expected to make an official announcement on fall sports in accordance with the plans from state officials about schools. 

    Glenn Lungarini, executive director of the CIAC, told Joe Morelli of the New Haven Register and GameTimeCT.com in a text message, "No fall plans have been finalized. There are 2 committee meetings scheduled for this week. The CIAC is working to release a plan before the weekend."


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