New England Basketball Tournament 2018
Welcome and Essential Information
March 21, 2018
Welcome Coaches and Athletic Directors!
Congratulations on being invited to and qualifying for the New England Catholic Youth Organization Basketball Tournament to be held April 6, 7, 8. This year’s event is hosted by the Archdiocese of Hartford’s Office of Education, Evangelization and Catechesis (OEEC), and is guided under the direction of the Archdiocesan Interscholastic Athletic Conference (AIAC). You and your young players should be proud of your accomplishments this year and the dedication and sacrifice that has led to this successful outcome. We appreciate your efforts in facilitating and developing such high-quality teams in the leagues that come together for this tournament.
The tournament committee offers Athletic Directors and coaches of participating teams these essential tournament guidelines. Please be sure to share the information and expectations of this letter with your players and fans.
This letter summarizes the information we have as of this date. Stay up-to-date on tournament planning by visiting our website at http://catholicedaohct.org/. From the Homepage, click Catholic Schools tab on top toolbar then click link to New England Basketball Tournament 2018. The schedule will be posted to http://www.bracketmaker.com/tlist.cfm?tid=469565 PLEASE NOTE THAT THE SCHEDULES ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE – COACHES SHOULD CHECK THE SITE IN THE DAYS BEFORE THE TOURNAMENT TO REVIEW THE FINAL SCHEDULE.
IMPORTANT AND TIMELY: NEW SAFE ENVIRONMENT PROCESS – BEGIN NOW!
It is important to note there is a new process for the verification procedure for safe environment. It is important to begin this process immediately since, at least for your team and cheerleading coaches and assistant coaches, names must be sent to your Arch(diocesan) Athletic Director/Commissioner, and then on to the Safe Environment Coordinator who must sign off and forward them to the Hartford Archdiocese. USE THE ATTACHED “SAFE ENVIRONMENT” FORM FOR THIS PURPOSE. These forms can be easily and quickly completed (one for each team), and sent via fax or pdf to the (arch)diocesan officials. Then follow up with those officials to be sure the process is completed.
The final step requires Safe Office validation of a background check and training for the names listed. Each school is encouraged to be directly in communication with the Safe Environment Coordinator to be sure the names you are submitting will be validated. If there are any questions or clarifications (e.g. sometimes someone is simply on another list, e.g. the parish list vs the school list; or did the process with a previous school), the questions must be resolved with your own (Arch)diocesan Safe Environment Coordinator. If there are any questions for the Hartford Safe Environment Director, her contact information is listed at the top of the Safe Environment Form.
All teams will be expected to be in full uniform – matching shirts and shorts. Shorts must be of the nature that they designate a specific team, in other words, five players
on a team may not have five different shorts - they must be matching – this includes the striping on the shorts. Teams not complying will not be allowed to participate. Any numbers starting or ending with 6, 7, 8, 9 are illegal numbers that will not be allowed because the referee cannot indicate them with one hand when making a call.
All games will be played under the provisions of the New England CYO rules and will be governed by the Board of New England CYO Athletic Directors. Keeping the schedule in the New England CYO Basketball Tournament is very important.
- Please review the tournament rule on forfeit due to tardiness. It may be wise for you to leave a little early and arrange for backup transportation if the need should ever arise.
All teams MUST check in at the headquarters hotel, Courtyard by Marriott Waterbury prior to playing your first game. Any team that has not registered at the hotel prior to their first game will not be allowed to play. Registration will be open on Friday, April 6th from 5:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. and on April 7th from 7:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. When your team registers, the head coach will receive a packet that includes:
- Gym Site addresses
- Passes for each of your players based on your roster
- Passes for your coaches
- Passes for your cheer team if listed on roster
- Passes must be displayed in order to be admitted free of charge to the tournament sites. These passes are not transferable. For example, a coach’s wife may not use her husband’s pass, and a parent may not use a player’s pass.
Concentrate on creating an environment of peace during all of the tournament contests. We look forward to many highly competitive games during this year’s tournament, but the intensity of competition cannot lead to any violence in either word or action. As coaches and Athletic Directors, you are responsible for the conduct of both your team and spectators.
Display an attitude of respect toward all representatives of opposing teams (coaches and players). As participants in CYO athletics, we are colleagues in a ministry of the Catholic community. We must never allow our competitive spirit to destroy the bond that makes us one in Christ. Your behavior sets the bar for your team. Challenge and demand that your players display the sportsmanship that is the hallmark of CYO Athletics. In a single elimination tournament, the role of a coach in maintaining an atmosphere of peace cannot be underestimated. It is all too easy for a coach to get so caught up in the game that winning takes precedence over the well-being of the players. Remember that everything we do teaches our young people how to handle themselves. We expect immediate attention to and action on:
- All instances of “trash-talking” among players must be dealt with quickly and decisively.
- Coaches are expected to maintain a professional attitude throughout the tournament. It is quite understandable that a coach who cares deeply about his or her team will disagree with an official. Discussions with referees and tournament officials are to be carried on peacefully and without player involvement. Coaches must never lose sight of these primary objectives: the good of the players, the integrity of the game, and the practice of our faith.
- Single elimination tournaments have the unfortunate quality of leaving many teams with a season-ending loss. Teams should not react to these losses with blame or excuse. It is our challenge as coaches to use tournament losses as an opportunity to help young athletes deal with disappointments which are an inevitable part of life. If your team ends its season with a victory, I am sure that you will help your team react to their success in an appropriate way.
The responsibility of coaching includes supervision of the team before and after the tournament games, including in locker rooms. The place of the coach after an emotional contest is with the team; assistants can look after the equipment and make any final arrangements. If a coach neglects to supervise a team, the coach and the parish or school will run the risk of being held responsible for any injury or damage resulting from that neglect.
Parish and school Athletic Directors will be expected to assume the responsibility of dealing with any problems that may arise with spectators from their respective teams. Athletic Directors cannot consider themselves fans cheering for their parish or school team. They are officials representing their parish or school. It is unfair to expect the site coordinators to deal with problems that arise among spectators from the participating teams.
Sunday, April 8, 2018
8:00 AM Mass
Basilica of the
74 West Main Street
Waterbury, CT 06721
The cost for the tournament is:
Children and Seniors: $3.00
2 and under: Free
Individual weekend passes: $12.00
Children and Seniors: $8.00
Weekend passes will be available at the gyms.MISCELLANEOUS
- Tournament t-shirts will be available for $13.00 Tournament Pre Order T-shirt Form
- Concessions may not be available at all sites
John M. Egan
Hartford Representative NE Board of Athletic Directors