2020 Nutmeg Holiday Basketball Festival


Join us for the 8th Annual Nutmeg Holiday Basketball Festival hosted by the City of Middletown! This is a great opportunity to play against some great competition in Central Connecticut. The tournament includes a minimum guarantee of three games in a round robin format with top teams advancing to medal round games.

Games will be played at TWO separate locations again this year. We will be using Wesleyan University - Freeman Athletic Center (3 Courts) and Vale Sports Club (3 Courts) in Middletown. The facilities are 3.3 miles away from each other and a 6 minute drive. 
  • Wesleyan University - Freeman Athletic Center 
    • 161 Cross Street Middletown, CT 06457
  • Vale Sports Club 
    • 1280 Newfield St Middletown, CT 06457

- Admission for spectators is $2.00 per day. Children 8 & Under are Free.

Coaches & Team Managers:
To Reserve Your Team's Spot please email nutmeg@csmg.org the following information:

 - Team Name 
 - 
Team Age Group & Gender
 - 
Coach Email & Cell Phone Number

Sport Details

  • 4th Grade Boys - 10 & Under - 6 Spots Available:
    • TBA
  • 5th Grade Boys - 11 & Under - 8 Spots Available:
    • TBA
  • 6th Grade Boys - 12 & Under - 12 Spots Available:
    • TBA
  • 7th Grade Boys- 13 & Under - 12 Spots Available:
    • TBA
  • 8th Grade Boys - 14 & Under - 16 Spots Available:
    • TBA

  • 5th Grade Girls - 11 & Under - 6 Spots Available:
    • TBA
  • 6th Grade Girls - 12 & Under - 8 Spots Available: 
    • TBA
  • 7th Grade Girls - 13 & Under - 8 Spots Available:
    • TBA
  • 8th Grade Girls - 14 & Under - 12 Spots Available:
    • TBA

Admission for spectators is $2.00 per day. Children 8 & Under are Free.

Games will be played at TWO separate locations this again year. We will be using Wesleyan University - Freeman Athletic Center (3 Courts) and Vale Sports Club (3 Courts) in Middletown. The facilities are 3.3 miles away from each other and a 6 minute drive. 
  • Wesleyan University - Freeman Athletic Center 
    • 161 Cross Street Middletown, CT 06457
  • Vale Sports Club 
    • 1280 Newfield St Middletown, CT 06457

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 games will begin with all players participating in a Pre-Game Handshake
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

  1. Head to Head Record
  2. Point Differential (15 Point Maximum)
  3. Points Allowed
  4. Points Scored
  5. 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
  6. 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.

Age Groups Offered (Boys & Girls):

  • 4th Grade (10 & Under): BOYS ONLY
    • An athlete must be in the 4th grade as of October 1, 2020 and can be no older than 11 on August 31, 2021. For an athlete that is in the 5th grade as of October 1, 2020 wanting to play down, they can be no older than 10 on August 31, 2021.
  • 5th Grade (11 & Under):
    • An athlete must be in the 5th grade as of October 1, 2020 and can be no older than 12 on August 31, 2021. For an athlete that is in the 6th grade as of October 1, 2020 wanting to play down, they can be no older than 11 on August 31, 2021.
  • 6th Grade (12 & Under):
    • An athlete must be in the 6th grade as of October 1, 2020 and can be no older than 13 on August 31, 2021. For an athlete that is in the 7th grade as of October 1, 2020 wanting to play down, they can be no older than 12 on August 31, 2021.
  • 7th Grade (13 & Under):
    • An athlete must be in the 7th grade as of October 1, 2020 and can be no older than 14 on August 31, 2021. For an athlete that is in the 8th grade as of October 1, 2020 wanting to play down, they can be no older than 13 on August 31, 2021.
  • 8th Grade (14 & Under):
    • An athlete must be in the 8th grade as of October 1, 2020 and can be no older than 15 on August 31, 2021. For an athlete that is in the 9th grade as of October 1, 2020 wanting to play down, they can be no older than 14 on August 31, 2021.

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.

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.

REGISTRATION IS NOW CLOSED!

To be considered for competition of the Nutmeg State Games a team must submit a Team Entry Packet which includes the following:

  1. A properly completed Team Roster

  2. A properly completed Coaches Form

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

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

    1. Proof of Age is required for the following Team Sports: Baseball, Basketball, Field Hockey, Lacrosse, Roller Hockey & Soccer 

  5. ONE CHECK covering the entire team entry for the approiate sport

PLEASE CLICK HERE TO ENTER YOUR TEAM'S ROSTER ONLINE

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

  • From Hartford and North: Take Interstate 91 South through Hartford to exit 22S (left-hand exit). This exit is for Route 9 South to Middletown. At exit 15 (second light), turn right onto Route 66 West (also called Washington Street). Please refer to specific athletic facility instructions below.
     
  • From New Haven and South: Traveling on Interstate 91 North, take exit 18 (66 East) - or - Traveling on Merritt/Wilbur Cross Parkway (Route 15 North), take exit 68 to Route 691/66 East. Route 66 becomes Washington Street in Middletown. Please refer to specific athletic facility instructions below.
     
  • From Waterbury and West: Traveling on Interstate 84 East, take exit 27 to Route 691/66 East. Route 66 E becomes Washington Street in Middletown. Please refer to specific athletic facility instructions below.
     
  • From New London and Southeast: Travel on Route 95 North to Route 9 North in Old Saybrook. Follow Route 9 North all the way to Middletown and turn left at the first traffic light in Middletown (Route 66 West). Please refer to specific athletic facility instructions below. By Car from Willimantic and East: Travel on Route 66 West all the way to Portland. Go over the bridge to Middletown, which puts you on Main Street. Stay on Main Street to third light, which is for Route 66 West (Washington Street). Turn right on Washington Street. Please refer to specific athletic facility instructions below.

Freeman Athletic Center, including the Bacon Field House,Spurrier-Snyder Ice Rink, Natatorium, Gymnasium, Squash Courts, Track, Smith Turf Field and Tennis Courts

If coming West on Route 66/Washington Street, go past High Street and turn left at next light onto Vine Street (cemetery on corner). Travel on Vine Street (tennis courts on right), turning to the right onto Knowles Avenue where the street branches off. At the stop sign turn right. Parking for the Freeman Athletic Center is available in both Lot R on the right side of Cross Street across from the Freeman Athletic Center or in Lot Q, which is located on the left side of Cross Street (first left after the fire station) .

If coming East on Route 66/Washington Street, turn right on Vine Street (cemetery on corner), which is the first light past Dunkin' Donuts and Midas. Travel on Vine Street (tennis courts on right), turning right onto Knowles Avenue where the street branches off. At the stop sign turn right.  Parking for the Freeman Athletic Center is available in both Lot R on the right side of Cross Street across from the Freeman Athletic Center or in Lot Q, which is located on the left side of Cross Street (first left after the fire station) .


70 Main St, Middletown, CT 06457
Phone: (860) 854-6300
RATE: $109.00 per night

 

Guests can now call to book their reservations, or book online by following these steps:

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  2. Enter the appropriate dates and number of guests
  3. Enter promo code:  Nutmeg
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