NEW BRITAIN – The City of New Britain will once again play host to the Shoprite Nutmeg Games this summer as dates for individual and team sports were announced on Monday.
The return will mark the 32nd year of the Games and the 11th time New Britain will serve as the hosts.
Individual sports will kick off first with the shooting competition opening on May 21 and going until May 23, followed by cycling on June 5 and archery on June 12.
Then July 10, figure skating, gymnastics and track and field start, with the track and field showcase and golf happening the next day on July 11.
Wrestling is set for July 25, pickelball will run from July 30 to Aug. 1and fencing will be held on Aug. 1.
Team sports will start in June, beginning with the football showcase June 26, while the remainder of the team sports will open in July.
Girls soccer goes from July 15-18 while boys soccer runs from July 22-25, field hockey is from July 16-18, under 12 and under 14 fast pitch softball is July 17 and 18 while the under 16 and under 18 games will be July 24 and 25, and the wiffleball tournament will go from July 17 to 18.
Thirteen-year-olds, under 15 and under 18 baseball, ice hockey and the lacrosse tournament will last from July 19-25 and under 10 and under 12 baseball will run from July 26 to Aug. 1.
July 26 to Aug. 1 will feature basketball while July 30 to Aug. 1 will include the girls lacrosse 7-on-7 competition.
The Nutmeg State Games Administration is planning to update their safety guidelines online to coincide with the covid-19 pandemic
More than 7,500 kids aged 6 to 18 are expected to compete in the 22 different sports, serving as the largest amateur multi-sport event in the state.
The coronavirus pandemic canceled last year’s Nutmeg Games, which was supposed to be New Britain’s final time hosting the event as it found a new home in Middletown. But last year’s cancelation pushed everything back by a year, giving the Hardware City one last go as host of the Nutmeg Games.
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