NEW BRITAIN - The New Britain boys and girls soccer teams, and the girls volleyball teams wonâ€™t be getting any final tune-ups before the Central Connecticut Conferenceâ€™s postseason play begins next week.
New Britain High is moving to remote learning on Thursday and Friday, meaning any sports events or practices will be canceled. The Hurricanes were set to play Bristol Eastern in girls soccer and girls volleyball on Thursday and play the Lancers in boys soccer on Friday. None of those games will be made up.
â€śItâ€™s definitely covid related,â€ť New Britain Athletic Director Len Corto said. â€śSo weâ€™re taking the necessary precautions to make sure the community stays safe. Hopefully, weâ€™ll be able to start back up on Monday.â€ť
With the CIAC not holding any postseason tournaments, each conference within the state was given the opportunity to hold their own playoff format based on the regionalized schedules this fall.
For boys and girls soccer, the CCCâ€™s postseason tournaments will be separated by regions, which will be split up into two different tournaments based on seeding. With most regions in the conference having eight teams, seeds one through four in each region will partake in a two-game tournament, while the fifth through eighth seeds do the same
The first round, or semifinal round, for those tournaments will take place Monday, Nov. 9 and Tuesday, Nov. 10, while the final rounds will happen on Wednesday, Nov. 12 and Thursday, Nov. 13.
The top seed will play the fourth seed in the top tournament, and the fifth will open up against the eighth in the other bracket. The two winners will play each other in the next round, the championship round, while the two losers will also play each other, giving each team a guaranteed two games for postseason play.
As of Wednesday, both the New Britain boys and girls soccer teams hold the eighth seed in the Region B. The Hurricanesâ€™ girls squad (0-8-0), should they be allowed to play Monday, would play Bristol Central (3-5-2) in its first-round game. The boys team (0-8-2) would play Avon (4-4-3) in the first round.
Volleyball will have the same format as soccer with the New Britain (1-8) slotted as the seventh seed as of Wednesday. Should the standings remain the same, the Hurricanes would face Lewis Mills (2-9) in the first round of the 5-8 bracket.
â€śHopefully, we would still be able to participate in that postseason experience as long as itâ€™s safe,â€ť Corto said.
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