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Letter from CAS-CIAC Executive Director Glenn Lungarini

Hello Colleagues,
This past Thursday, November 19, 2020, CT Governor Ned Lamont paused all team sports activities. I have received many questions in the past few days about what this means for CIAC activities. As such, I am providing the following guidance:

  • Administrative approval (principal and/or superintendent) is required prior to any athletic teams engaging in conditioning activities. 

  • *The CIAC strongly encourages schools consult their local health department to ensure conditioning activities align with current state DPH and sector rule guidance, and are permitted in the local health district

  • No team activities are permitted.  "'Team' is defined as a group of more than 4 people jointly engaged in an organized or recreational athletic activity on a court, field, etc." The CIAC interprets this to mean that a coach may supervise 4 student-athletes at a time in permissible out-of-season conditioning activities. Multiple groups of 4 student-athletes conditioning on the same field, court, etc., at the same time, with one coach supervising, is not permitted. DPH sport guidance states, "teams are not able to break up into smaller groups to practice or compete (e.g. a 20 person team practicing or competing in groups of 4 or less at the same time and location is not allowed).

  • Under state DPH guidance, masks are now required, no exceptions, with a minimum 0f 6-foot spacing, and adherence to other Sector Rule Safeguards. 

Current state DPH guidance can be found at: https://portal.ct.gov/DECD/Content/Coronavirus-Business-Recovery/Team-Sports-on-Pause
Current CT Sector Rules for Sports can be found at: https://portal.ct.gov/-/media/DECD/Covid_Business_Recovery-Phase-2-1/CTReopens21_Sports_FitnessCenters1110.pdf
The CIAC understands the social, emotional, physical, cognitive, and mental health benefits of sports. At the same time, we recognize that current COVID-19 metric trends are similar to those which were experienced in late spring. As it was in the spring, our collective perseverance and adherence to COVID-19 mitigation strategies will again be our fastest route toward flattening the curve and returning to interscholastic athletics.
If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to reach out. 
Thank you for each of your efforts and leadership in engaging our member students during these challenging times. Your selfless hours of work and dedication to the well-being of our students is greatly appreciated. As we navigate through these latest COVID-19 challenges, let us remember to take care of each other as well. The contributions of superintendents, principals, assistant principals, athletic directors, teachers, and coaches have been nothing short of heroic. 
On behalf of the CIAC staff, it is with sincere gratitude and appreciation that I thank you for your continued leadership as we head into the Thanksgiving holiday.
With appreciation,
Glenn Lungarini

Executive Director, CAS-CIAC 


CIAC Update 11/17/2020

The CIAC Board of Control acted to postpone all winter sports until January 19, 2021. The CIAC Board of Control will continue to collaborate with the Department of Public Health (DPH), Governor Lamont’s office, and the CSMS Sports Medicine Committee in the weeks leading up to the January 19, 2021 start of winter practices. CIAC Interscholastic athletics is an education-based experience that maintains in-person learning. The health and safety of school communities is our top priority. This action supports member schools while they continue to manage rising COVID-19 numbers within their communities and experience widespread movements to distance learning.

Volleyball All-State Info

CHSCA Sports Committee Reports

Statement on Racism



Due to the COVID-19 crisis the following scheduled events have been cancelled or postponed:

  • Hall of Fame POSTPONED until 2021

  • Coach of the Year (COTY) Banquet has been cancelled for 2020. The next COTY banquet is
    May 6, 2021.

  • All CHSCA sponsored
    All-Star games and banquets.

  • The 2020 John J. Fontana
    Football Classic

  • NHSACA 2020 Annual Convention POSTPONED


New CHSCA Executive Director Chosen

The Connecticut High School Coaches Association has appointed Joe Canzanella as Executive Director. 

     He replaces long time director and legendary Connecticut coach John Fontana, who passed away on Oct. 21, 2019. 

     Canzanella brings a wealth of education and athletic administrative knowledge as well as coaching and officiating experience to the job. 

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CHSCA Executive Director
Joe Canzanella
CHSCA Announcements & Newsletters

The 2020 John J. Fontana Scholarship winners have
been announced:

They are:

  •  Benjamin Crair, Guilford 

  • Jacob Grimm, Darien

  • Abigail Rochette, Berlin

  • Betsy Sachs, Westhill 

Congratulations from the CHSCA Executive Board and Executive Director
Joe Canzanella



As coaches start to work with their athletes, make sure they follow all guidelines mandated by state and local agencies and the school district. If you have a question on coverage please contact Greg Joly  at 1-800-566-6479.

2020-2021 CHSCA insurance coverage runs from August 1, 2020 to July 31, 2021, so those of you who have not joined for the 2020-2021 membership year are not covered by CHSCA insurance. You can get coverage now by joining the CHSCA which will cover you until July 31, 2021. After that, the 2021-2022 membership year begins and you need to sign up again to be covered from August 1, 2021 to July 31, 2022.


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