2023 Holiday Basketball Festival - CANCELED FOR 2023

For Results & Age Division Schedules please see the Schedule section on the right hand side of the webpage.The 9th Annual Nutmeg Holiday Basketball Festival will feature boys and girls 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th and 8th grade Travel Teams in a competitive three day tournament over December 27th-29th. 

  • Tournament Dates
    • December 27th, 28th & 29th . Game Times: 9:00am - 9:15pm.
  • Tournament Locations
    • ​Wesleyan University - Freeman Athletic Center
      • ​161 Cross Street, Middletown, CT 06457


    • Mortensen Community Center
      • ​200 Garfield Street, Newington, CT 06111




The Nutmeg Holiday Basketball Festival is an official Qualifier for the 2023 New England Basketball Championship to be held in Providence, RI on March 17-19, 2023! All teams finishing 1st or 2nd in each division will qualify for the Regional Championship to battle top teams from towns throughout New England.  For more information on how to qualify please visit https://www.statebasketballchampionship.com/ne-tourney-overview

Sport Details

Nutmeg Holiday Festival Basketball Tournament Rules

  • All teams are guaranteed a minimum of three (3) games.
  • All games will be officiated by certified board officials (IAABO).
  • All coaches are responsible for assuring that all players are properly equipped.
    • Proper equipment includes but is not limited to: No jewelry, proper footwear, and numbered uniforms.
  • Teams are to provide their own practice & game balls.
    • Boys in the 6-8 grades will play with an official sized (29.5”) Basketball
    • Boys in the 4-5 grades will play with an intermediate sized (28.5”) Basketball
    • Girls in the 5-8 grades will play with an intermediate sized (28.5”) Basketball
  • Acceptable Proof of Age: Pre-Submitted League Certified Travel Rosters passing standards by CSMG, government issued photo ID with DOB or birth certificates.  
  • Locker rooms will be NOT be available.
  • Teams will be allowed a maximum of 15 players, 3 coaches and 1 scorekeeper for credentials and awards.
  • Each team needs to provide a score keeper for each game.
  • The home team will keep the official book. The away team will keep the back-up book.
  • The home and away team will be declared by coin flip for all pool play / round robin games. The higher seeded team will be the home team for all play-in and championship games.
  • Team Trophies will be awarded for 1st Place Teams and 2nd Place Teams will receive Nutmeg State Games Medals.
  • Only the opposing team’s coach who is playing a scheduled game can protest a player’s eligibility. Player eligibility protest must be taken to the scorer's table before the start of the game. Documentation/proof must be presented upon request. If the coach cannot provide proper proof of age for their player(s) being protested, then player(s) will not be allowed to participate until proof is provided.
  • Inappropriate behavior will not be tolerated! The tournament director or referee may remove players, coaches or spectators from the game or tournament for inappropriate behavior. We are here for the KIDS. We do NOT allow or condone poor sportsmanship.
    • This can include but is not limited to: berating refs and coaches, yelling at opposing spectators, and disrupting the game in any possible way.
  • Any player or coach ejected from a game may not participate in the team’s next game.
  • ALL AGE Divisions: Two Twenty minute halves running time. Five minute halftime. Clock will stop last two minutes of each half and for all Time-Outs. Two time outs per half (non-accumulative) which include one full and one thirty second time out. Two minute overtime period (stop time) and one additional time out per team (30 seconds). After two overtimes, we will go into a one minute overtime until the game is decided.
  • Pressing: Full court pressing is allowed, however, there will be no pressing if a team is 20 points ahead.
  • Grace Period: All teams will be given a 15 minute grace period beginning at the start time of their scheduled game. At the end of 15 minutes if a team official has not contacted the Tournament Administration a forfeit will be declared.
  • The score of all forfeits shall be 15-0.
  • The Tournament Director has the right to alter rules, bylaws and bracket structure as needed.
  • Tie Breaker Information

    Two-Team Ties: In the event of a two-way tie in the standings, the following tiebreaker system will be used (in-order) until the tie is broken.

  • Head to Head Record
  • Point Differential (15 Point Maximum)
  • Points Allowed
  • Points Scored
  • Record Against Common Opponent
    • Only applies to teams within the same pool / round robin
    • To select the common opponent = highest seeded team within the same pool / round robin
  • Coin Toss
  • Ties Involving Three or More Teams: In the event of a tie among three or more teams, the tie breaking system (above) will be used (in-order) until the highest seeded team is determined. Once the highest seed is determined, the remaining tied teams will RESTART from the BEGINNING of the tie breaking system / criteria.

Team organizers / managers / coaches are required to submit a Coaches Form, Team Roster, Team Sport Athlete Form (for each player on the roster), proof of age for each player on the roster and the Appropriate TEAM FEE as soon as possible to enhance their chances of competing in the Nutmeg State Games. Proof of age includes a copy (please do not send originals) of one of the following: valid driver’s license, copy of a birth certificate or a copy of a passport.

After completing the Online Payment & Coach Registration the following Team Entry Packet Registration Forms are required which includes the following:

  1. A properly completed Team Roster

  2. A properly completed Team Sport Athlete Entry Form for EACH PLAYER ON THE ROSTER

  3. Proof of age (a COPY of one of the following: Driver’s license, Birth Certificate or Passport)

    1. If you participate in a Travel League / Conference that requires the submission of proof of age for each player on the roster to participate in that league, please send us the verified / approved roster for that league. You will not need to submit birth certificates for each player on the roster as long as your roster is the SAME for the Holiday Basketball Festival. 

  4. ONE PAYMENT covering the entire team entry for the approiate sport


  • Please Note: You will need to know the Team ID# and the Email Address of the Head Coach

Refund Policy

  • There will be NO refunds of entry fees:
    • NO refunds will be permitted simply because a team fails to participate.
    • NO refunds will be given due to cancellation because of inclement weather. We will make every effort to reschedule events due to inclement weather
    • NO refunds will be issued after the registration deadline or after the Schedule has been posted. 
  • Exceptions to the Refund Policy:
    • Entries received after entry deadline
    • Entries received after maximum number of teams is bracketed or if there are not enough teams to form a division

Team Eligibility

We are trying to provide an avenue for teams to participate in this travel tournament in an equitable way that provides a fair & competitive environment. In-State & Out of State Teams are welcome to participate but must conform to the elgibility requirements listed below:

  • Residency  - teams must consist of players who reside in a single town or city.
    • Exceptions: Small towns that have a regional school system. 
    • Hardships: ​We will handle teams with a hardship on a case by case basis. Please contact Patrick Fisher at nutmeg@csmg.org to discuss your team's situation. 
  • Teams That Are Eligible to Participate:
    • Teams that are participating in a Travel League and/or Conference 
        • (Examples): CT Girls Travel Basketball League, CT Boys Travel Basketball League, NCC Travel Basketball, Route 44 & The Northwest Corner, Fairfield County Basketball League, CT Basketball Conference. 
        • (Examples): Tri-County Basketball League - New York, Boys Suburban Amateur Basketball League - Western MA, Pioneer Valley Girls Suburban Basketball League - Western MA, Rhode Island Youth Basketball Association.
    • Elementary & Middle School Teams 
    • CYO Teams 
    • Town/City Park & Recreation Teams
  • Teams That Are NOT Eligible to Participate:
    • AAU Teams are not allowed to participate in the Nutmeg Holiday Basketball Festival.

Age Groups Offered (Boys & Girls):

  • 4th Grade (10 & Under): BOYS ONLY
    • An athlete must be in the 4th grade as of October 1, 2022 and can be no older than 11 on August 31, 2023. For an athlete that is in the 5th grade as of October 1, 2022 wanting to play down, they can be no older than 10 on August 31, 2023.
  • 5th Grade (11 & Under):
    • An athlete must be in the 5th grade as of October 1, 2022 and can be no older than 12 on August 31, 2023. For an athlete that is in the 6th grade as of October 1, 2022 wanting to play down, they can be no older than 11 on August 31, 2023.
  • 6th Grade (12 & Under):
    • An athlete must be in the 6th grade as of October 1, 2022 and can be no older than 13 on August 31, 2023. For an athlete that is in the 7th grade as of October 1, 2022 wanting to play down, they can be no older than 12 on August 31, 2023.
  • 7th Grade (13 & Under):
    • An athlete must be in the 7th grade as of October 1, 2022 and can be no older than 14 on August 31, 2023. For an athlete that is in the 8th grade as of October 1, 2022 wanting to play down, they can be no older than 13 on August 31, 2023.
  • 8th Grade (14 & Under):
    • An athlete must be in the 8th grade as of October 1, 2022 and can be no older than 15 on August 31, 2023. For an athlete that is in the 9th grade as of October 1, 2022 wanting to play down, they can be no older than 14 on August 31, 2023.

Each grade division consists of a 24 month age window which determines an athletes’ participation in that division.  If an athletes’ age is outside the 24 month window for their grade, the athlete must play up to the grade division that is normal and customary for their age.  If an athlete is in any grade above what is normal and customary for their age, an athlete may play down provided they meet the established criteria listed in the above chart.




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