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The Road to Providence (and the New England Championships)!
by posted 10/17/2021


 

 

Connecticut Basketball Conference (a Division of New England Basketball)

October 17, 2021

 

The Road to Providence and the New England Championships Will Run Through Norwich

 

As part of our ongoing initiative to promote New England regional regular season, tournament and Champtionship play, the Connecticut Basketball 2021-22 playoffs will serve as a qualifier for the New England Championships to be held in Providence, Rhode Island in March 2022.

Key details are as follows:

  • The New England Championships will include the top "Class S", "Class M" and "Class L/LL" teams from Connecticut, Rhode Island,  Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hamsphire and Maine.
  • Eligibility for all teams from all states mirror Connecticut Basketball's eligibility requirements: all players from a town (or that feed into a regional high school) must be from the same town, i.e. our resdiency requirement.  Players are permitted to play up but may not play down.
  • Game rules will likewise mirror Connecticut Basketball's game rules in that the games will be played with time stoppage and otherwise follow what are tantamount to our CIAC high school rules (as with Connecticut Basketball games).

Connecticut Basketball's Elite 8Final Four and Championship games will be played at The Summit in Norwich, CT--and our winners for Class S, Class M and Class L/LL will advance to the New England Championships the following week in Providence/Tiverton, Rhode Island.

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Preseason Turkey Shoot Registration Closes Soon!
by posted 10/17/2021


Registration is open for the annual Connecticut Basketball's Turkey Shoot on Nov. 26th-28th

This season we will host high school age brackets in addition to travel age brackets (4th-8th)!

This tournament will be played as follows:

1.Teams are placed in four team brackets.

2.Like a Holiday-Style tourney, the winners of the first two games play each other in the Championship game.The two losing teams play each other in the Consolation game

3.Most brackets particularly for those teams that are traveling long distances will be played on the same day in a two to three hour time-period.

The fee for the two games is $185  (You will be billed after your bracket has been filled.) Note: As with all Connecticut Basketball travel playall players from any Club or team must be from the same town and grade appropriate.

Games will be played accross the state but key nuetral sites include, Centerbrook/Essex (junior divisions only) Woodbridge, Middletown and Norwich.  Bracket assignments will be done to minimize travel.
 
You can register buy visiting our website at www.ctball.org and clicking on the gray Turkey Shoot button.
 

See you on the court!

Onward Together!

Connecticut Basketball

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CTBALL Bi-Weekly: Summit is Neutral Site for Eastern CT Teams
by posted 10/17/2021


Connecticut Basketball Bi-Weekly

October 18, 2021

 

We're less than six weeks away from the winter season tip-off (and five weeks away from the Turkey Shoot Pre-season Tourney!  

 

Three things for this week:   

 

(1) Registration for the 2021-22 Connecticut Basketball Season Closes November 1st!

 

The Summitt (Norwich) will serve as the neutral site for Eastern CT teams--including those eastern teams/clubs without a home gym. Our 2021-22 neutral sites now include:

  • The Summitt (Norwich) 2 Wisconsin Ave, Norwich CT 06360
  • Home Field, 47 Industrial Park Road, Centerbrook, CT 06409
  • Church of the Holy Jump Shot (New Britain), St. Matthews, 87 Franklin Square, New Britain, CT 06051     
  • Nomads (South Windsor), 100 Bidwell Road. South Windsor CT 06074        

And don't forget, registration for fo the 2021-22 campaign closes on November 1, 2021 at 5:00p.m.

For returning teams (who are all Connecticut Basketball members), all you need do is visit our website, click on the Red "Winter Season Regis" button and register your team (and your schedule will be generated).

For new teams (who are applying for membership to Connecticut Basketball ), all you need do is visit our website, click on the "Apply to Join" tab on the menu on the left of the website of just click here About CTBBALL & Apply to Join! | Connecticut Basketball Conference (leagueathletics.com) to fill out our on-line form.  

 

(2) The Road to Providence and the New England Championships Will Run Through Norwich!

 

As part of our ongoing initiative to promote New England regional tournament, regular season and Champtionship play, the Connecticut Basketball 2021-22 playoffs will serve as a qualifier for the New England Championships to be held in Providence, Rhode Island in March 2022.

Our 2021-22 Elite 8Final Four and Championship games will be played at The Summit in Norwich, CT--and our winners will advance to the New England Championships the following week in Providence, Rhode Island.

Our currentlhy scheduled dates for our Elite 8Final Four and Championship games will be finalized before November 1, to coordinate regional play. 

(3) Tryouts for CTBALL's Spring AAU Season to be Held Over the X-Mas Break

CTBALL will be holding tryouts of its spring 2022 AAU teams over the Holiday Break on December 26, 2021--in between our Santa Shootout Tourney. 

 

Please check our website for addiotnal details--which will be announced over the Thanksgiving Break.

And don't forget!  Our mandatory New Coaches Orientation Moved to Sunday November 14, 2021

Our Mandatory New Coaches Orientation has been moved to Sunday, November 14, 2021 at 8:30a.m. at HomeField in Centerbrook.

The GPS address is:

Home Field, LLC47 Industrial Park Road, Centerbrook, CT 06409

See you on the court!

 

Keep rebounding!!

 

Onward Together!!!

 

Connecticut Basketball 

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NEBBL Bi-Weekly: HS Turkey Shoot/Preparing for HS BBall
by posted 09/18/2021


Connecticut Basketball New England Basketball Bi-Weekly

(We become New England Basketball on November 1st!)

September 18, 2021

 

 

 

The Club Presidents met last weekend to confirm key details regarding the 2021-22 season.  They will reconvene on November 7, 2021 to approve the COVID protocols and we're off to the pre-season Turkey Shoot and the winter season! 

 

Three things for this week:   

 

(1) HS Division for the Pre-Season Turkey Shoot Tournament!

 

The preseason Turkey Shoot tips off in 65 days.  In addition to the youth divisions (Boys and Girls 4th-8th), we will be hosting a HS Division (that will play the week before HS team practices begin.)  For both the HS and youth division, we will try to pair teams with out of state of out of conference opponents. All games will be played at The Summit in Norwich and at HomeField in Centerbrook.

 

To register, just go to http://www.ctbball.org and click the Turkey Shoot button.  

 

(2)  Preparing the Youth Player for the Next Level Next Level 

 

Basketball can be a cruel sport. 

To high school players must battle fiercely for one of the precious few college spots.  Travel players are stunned to see that not all their teammates will make the high school team (let alone start).

This week's Coaches Corner covers top tips for youth players and (parents) to prepare them for "The Next Level."

To view, , just go to http://www.ctbball.org and click on the story, "The Next Level."   

(3) Three on Three!  

Three on three has gotten off to a terrific start with each game of each match coming down to one or two possessions.

 

To "pick up" a three-on-three match, just click here! http://assn.la/UserForm.asp?RegID=305888&org=ctbball.org  Details can be found at our website at http://www.ctbball.org.  

 

See you on the court!

Keep rebounding!!

Onward Together!!!

 

 

 

 Connecticut Basketball 

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The preseason Turkey Shoot tips off in 68 days.  In addition to youth division (Boys and Girls 4th-8th), we will be hosting a HS Division (that will play the week before HS team practices begin.)  For both the HS and youth division, we will try to pair teams with out of state of out of conference opponents. All games will be played at The Summit in Norwich and at HomeField in Centerbrook.

 

To register, just go to http://www.ctbball.org and click the Turkey Shoot button.  

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Jr. Division Champions
by posted 09/15/2021


 

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Connecticut Basketball Conference Playoffs 

August 28, 2021

 

Perfect!

 

The Madison 5B Jr. Tigers started the summer session strong and finished it strong.

 

Opening summer league play in early July, the Jr. Tigers--fresh off the baseball field--squared off with powerhouse Stonington 5B in their opener.  The prevailed in a see-saw battle by a score of 55-42. 

 

This victory was a harbinger of things to come.

 

When it came time--as it does for all summer league teams--to "play up" they not only shined, finishing a perfect 5-0 verssus their 6B opponents.

 

The highlight of the regular season came on its final day while playing a Friday Night double header versus 6B opponents.  Virtually dead and buried in both games, they bested Valley 6B 55-48 and outlasted Groton 6B, 51-50.

 

They punctuated the season in the Championship game with another incredibly strong performance versus the team in which they started the summer campaign, Stonington 5B, 50-21--and in doing so set the summer league scoring record 424 points in 9 games. 

 

Congratulations Madison 5B!  

 

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Connecticut Basketball Conference Playoffs 

August 28, 2021

 

It was a season of ups-and-downs for the Old Lyme 6B Wildcats. 

 

While they had their fair share of success during the regular season to finish above .500, it also included a 50-26 drubbing at the hands of Groton 7B and a 52-37 defeat in their matchup with division winners Valley 6B 

 

"Respect the Process" became the Old Lyme clarion call for the post season.

 

And it paid off . . . .

 

With Groton 6B closing in late in their semi-final matchup, the regained their composure to go on an 8-2 run to seal a devisive 39-24 victory.

 

In the Championship game, their dedication to process kept them close with Valley 6B in a game in which the lead changed 9 times--but they still found themselves behind late with starters in foul trouble.  

 

Again, following the process paid off with quality minutes from the bench that powered their 51-19 victory in a game that came down to the final possession. 

 

Old Lyme will begin the defense of their Championship for the 2021-22 winter season on Saturday, December 9, 2021 in a divisional match-up versus the Clinton Jr. Huskies.

 

 

 

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Club Presidents to Meet Nov. 7th to Approve COVID Protocols
by posted 09/13/2021


Connecticut Basketball Presidents & Team Leaders Meeting 

Club Presidents will reconvene on Sunday, November 7, 2021 at 8:30a.m.-9:50a.m. to review and finalize the COVID protocols for the winter season.

If you have questions or concerns, please provid that feedback to your Club President or Team Leader in advance of this meeting

The meeting will be held at HomeField:

Home Field, LLC

47 Industrial Park Road

Centerbrook, CT 06409

Coaches should likewise escalate any other competition issues--including proposed rule changes--to their Club Presidents before this meeting!

Onward Together!

Connecticut Basketball @ Home Field 
Home Field, LLC
47 Industrial Park Road
Centerbrook, CT 06409
 
 
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Senior Division Champions
by posted 09/12/2021


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Connecticut Basketball Conference Playoffs 

August 28, 2021

 

On July 22, 2020, New Britain 7G/8G faced off in their first regular season matchup with division winner East Haddam/Waterford--and were embarrased by a 44-20 loss. 

 

But they persisted . . .

 

When they met again, on August 5, 2020, they fared better but again came up far short to even get in position to win, losing 45-32.

 

But they persisted . . .

 

When the two teams met today's 7G/8G Championship game, the outcome was supposed to have been a foregone conclusion.  But New Britain was committed to being in a continual state of improvement--and persisting....

 

New Britain--committed to being the best version of themselves for 32 minutes--opened the game with pressure and never looked back.  They finished the first quarter, powered by their press, with a 18 to 9 lead and kept division winning East Haddam/Waterford at bay, cruising to a 52-40 victory.

 

In doing so, they accomplished one of the most difficult feat in all of basketball--defeating a team that has bested them twice.

 

New Britain will begin the defense of their Championship on December 3, 2021 against goliah Haddam-Killingworth (the 2019-20 Champions) in what is expected to be the Connnecticut Basketball Game-of-the-Week (webcast on our Youtube channel).

 

 

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Connecticut Basketball Conference Playoffs 

August 26, 2021

 

"Next man up!"

 

It's been the clarion call for the Madison 8B Jr. Tigers (pictured here) throughout the 2021 summer season. 

 

Overcoming baseball conflicts and a COVID quarantine, the Tigers mixed and matched personnel throughout the dog days of summer to stay a perfect 8-0 during the regular season. 

 

"Next man up," was even a theme amongst the coaching staff, as Madison set a Connecticut Basketball record by deploying four seperate head coaches in one season.  

 

In the playoffs, the Jr. Tigers made the most of their first round bye by resting their skeleton crew and facing off versus Glastonbury 8B with just the "Madison 5" plus two substitutes from their junior division teams.  The Tigers jumped out to an early lead against the Jr. Tomahawks--their subs provided much needed quality minutes--and they nursed their lead to a 43-32 victory.

 

They went to battle in the Championship Game against a foe that is their mirror image, Groton 8B.  The Jr. Falcons--who typcially thrive in the chaos of their press--pressured Madison the full length of the court but in the final analysis, it simply wasn't enough.

 

Madison 60, Groton. 47--and another title.  With a talented group in front of them (starting high school this year) and a loaded Club behind them--playing at Mohegan Sun for a state high school title in the coming years is an acheivable goal for this team.  

 

On Friday night, the Madison 5B Jr. Tigers playing under the moniker "Cardiac Kids" will try to extend their Club's winning ways in the 5B Championship game versus Stonington 5B.  Tipoff is at 6:45p.m. at Homefield in Centerbrook.