Athletes, The following message is from the CIAC formally cancelling Spring Sports for this year. I am so sorry and I feel so bad for all of you who will not have the opportunity to play this Spring. Seniors I will be sending an email to all of you today with some options that we have to celebrate your high school careers. To all student athletes we have a weekly Athletic Advisory meeting and discuss future planning and ideas for Senior Celebrations. If you would like to attend the meeting please email me. Please stay safe and let me know if I can do anything for you.
The CIAC’s consideration for any spring sport experience has always been contingent on the re-opening of schools for in-person instruction. This morning, Governor Lamont ordered the cancellation of in-school classes for the remainder of the 2019-2020 academic year. Therefore, there will not be a 2020 CIAC spring sports season. The CIAC empathizes with our school communities and the experiences lost due to COVID-19. Our focus is now on completing guidelines for summer contact and resocialization of CIAC sports in the fall.
A Message from the CIAC
The CIAC appreciates and respects the efforts made by Governor Lamont and Commissioner Cardona to keep our school communities safe. All potential spring sport opportunities are contingent upon the governor’s office and the state department of education declaring that it is safe to return to school campuses and for athletic competition to resume. If it is determined that school buildings will remain closed, and distance learning will continue through the end of the 2019-2020 school year, then the CIAC will cancel all spring sport experiences.
After much consideration, the CIAC has decided that any potential spring sports experiences will be limited to the month of June. Carrying spring sport experiences from the current school year into July presents significant challenges for school districts and student-athletes. The CIAC has also decided that we will not run any spring state championship events. It is our position that any spring sports experience should maximize opportunities for student-athletes within individual schools and leagues.
In considering these decisions, the CIAC surveyed superintendents, principals, and athletic directors. In addition, we consulted with the Connecticut State Medical Society, Sports Medicine Committee. We also collaborated with Commissioner Cardona, sought input from the Department of Public Health, and received numerous communications from student-athletes and parents. As we prepare for our May 7th CIAC Board of Control meeting, we will continue collaboration with all stakeholder groups. We anticipate further guidance from the Commissioner Cardona and Governor Lamont on the status of school closures, as well as criteria for safely returning to community events and activities.
A complete update on topics discussed at this morning's CIAC Board of Control meeting can be viewed at https://casci.ac/5548 .
On Friday April 9 the Commissioner of Education announced that we will now be out of school until at least May 20, 2020. We are very hopeful that this could happen and that we will be able to get back on the field in a safe environment. My hope is that all Seniors will have some kind of Senior Season and have a Senior night. The CIAC and the SWC are working on a plan to get you back on the field when it is safe. Please stay safe and email me if you have any questions. Stay Safe!!!
Please see message below from CIAC
Below is a press release that will be going out to media in a few minutes regarding CIAC spring sports that came as a result of the teleconference we held this morning with school, athletic and governmental leaders. We wanted to share it with you first, it will go to media shortly. There will also be a brief video accompanying the release on our social media platforms.
Following an online meeting with nearly 70 school, athletic and governmental leaders CIAC reached a consensus that canceling the entirety of the spring sports season is premature at this time. There is a strong desire to provide student athletes some spring athletic experience if possible. Any plan for spring sports will need to adhere to the guidelines from the Governor’s office, Department of Education and health experts regarding the potential reopening of schools to establish a specific time frame.
“These are unprecedented challenges for our schools, and it is of the utmost importance that we provide answers and a structure to support our membership and maintain the possibility of a spring sports experience for our student-athletes,” CAS-CIAC Executive Director Glenn Lungarini stated. “CIAC understands the value of providing students a spring sports experience, if possible. However, the health and safety of our communities must remain at the center of our decision making.”
The online meeting discussion emphasized that while student-athletes may want to begin preparations for a potential season that respecting the recommendations for social distancing and avoiding group activities prior to the approved time will aid in keeping athletes safe and allow for the season to begin in a timely manner if approved. The uncertainty of the timeline for school openings requires the understanding that any plans to begin spring sports will be fluid and should have the ability to reflect the different needs of different school communities.
Dear Athletes and Parents,
I want to keep sharing information with all of you as I get it. The CIAC will be meeting on Wednesday and the Athletic Directors in the SWC will be meeting on Thursday to discuss spring sports.
Yesterday the Governor announced that all schools will be closed until March 31st. This can be extended based on what will happen over the next few weeks.
I hope that we will be able to get out on the fields some time in April or in May. I also hope that hopefully the CIAC will extend the season into late June rather than keep the dates in Early June like in the past. I assure you that the CIAC will make the a decision that is in the best interest of all students and to keep everyone safe.
I will update the website as soon as I get any information. Please email me if you have any questions or concerns. Please stay safe!!
3/12/2020 2:45 pm
There are some very difficult decisions being made by our administrators that are in the best interest of our students.
Today we met as a league and we spoke with the CIAC as well. Several of the SWC schools are already out for a couple of weeks. As of right now we will continue as planned with conditioning and spring practices. However, this could change at anytime. I have asked Winter Sports teams to postpone banquets at this time.
We still do not have all of the answers to many questions and I will provide those answers and soon as I can.
My feeling is that we will start Spring sports at a later date. The CIAC just sent out an email stating that they will be meeting regarding spring sports soon and will give us information at that point. As most of you have seen the NBA, the NHL and many College basketball League Tournaments have been canceled, as well as the IVY league and New England Small College Athletic Association have canceled Spring Schedules. I believe that the CIAC made the right decisions to protect our Athletes and cancel the rest of the Winter Tournaments.
At this time I do not know if Spring sports will be cancelled. We are working to ensure that our number 1 goal is met and that is to keep all of our Athletes, Coaches, Speculators and all others involved safe.
I have asked coaches to be in constant communication with athletes and parents to keep them informed with information as I communicate to them. As soon as I receive new information I will post updates here as well.
Our Number 1 concern is the safety of your child. Any student who does not want to participate in conditioning or practices at this time can miss with no penalty.
Stephen Baldwin, CAA
Director of Athletics, Physical Education and Health
Brookfield Public Schools
Administrative Assistant to the Director of Athletics, Physical Education and Health
Phone: 203 775 7725 Ext 7792
The Brookfield High School community believes that the Interscholastic Athletic Program contributes significantly to preparing our students for becoming productive, contributing citizens to our society. Interscholastic Athletics provides an exceptional opportunity for personal growth as it will foster appropriate physical, social and emotional development, character, integrity and leadership as well as confidence, self esteem and a positive self image. Student-athletes learn to accept responsibility for both success and failure while recognizing their individual strengths and limitations. Athletes also learn about valuable qualities such as, dedication, responsibility, accountability, respect, commitment, hard work, self discipline, personal sacrifice and fair play. Brookfield High School is a Class Act School and follows the CIAC Class Act School Guidelines.
Student-athletes will learn the importance of unity, loyalty, camaraderie, teamwork, spirit and sportsmanship.We believe that participation in a wide variety of activities is a vital part of the student-athletes’ educational experiences. Such participation is a privilege that carries with it responsibilities to the school, the program, the student body, the community and to the students’ themselves.
These experiences contribute to the development of learning skills and emotional patterns that enable the student to make maximum use of his or her education. Though wins and losses are often indicators of the level of success, the real triumphs are often those that teach skills needed for effective decision-making and commitment throughout life.
Thank you all who came out in support of Maddie!! What a great night!!
Congratulations to Jenna Joshi who scored her 1000 career point on January 8th against Joel Barlow. She also set school records with 39 points in a game and a record 10 3 pointers in a game.