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DIAA Basketball State Championships Information
Dover, DE (March 1, 2021) - The Delaware Interscholastic Athletic Association (DIAA) begins its 2021 Boys and Girls Basketball Championships today with a new open tournament format. Teams were eligible for the tournament by scheduling a minimum of 10 games to ensure plenty of regular season play. In order for a team to receive a top 24 seed, teams must have played a minimum of 6 games. No automatic qualifications were granted for conference champions. Any COVID related game cancellation was deemed a no contest. There were no set minimum number of games that had to be played. The tournament seeding index that was used in previous years was kept in place to seed the tournament. In total, 47 boys teams and 41 girls teams were included in the 2021 DIAA basketball tournament brackets. All rounds of the tournament except the finals will tip off at 6:30 p.m.
This year’s championship will continue to be a single elimination tournament which will be held at the higher seeded schools for all rounds except the finals. The boys and girls finals will be held at the Chase (76ers) Fieldhouse in Wilmington, DE. The girls tournament begins tonight with 8 first round play in games and the boys will start tomorrow night, Tuesday, March 2 with 15 opening round play in games throughout the state.
The Sanford School Warriors earned the #1 boys seed with an 11-2 record followed by #2 Salesianum with a 9-3 record. Howard High School of Technology earned the #3 seed, Tower Hill #4, Seaford #5, Smyrna #6, St. Elizabeth High School #7 and Appoquinimink #8. The top 8 seeds all received first round play in byes and will host round one games on Thursday, March 4th. The second round games will be held on Saturday, March 6th and the quarterfinal games will be played on Tuesday, March 9th. The semifinals will be held on Thursday, March 11th and finals game will be played on Saturday, March 13th at 7:30 p.m.
The St. Elizabeth High School Vikings received the #1 seed for the girls tournament with a 10-0 record while Conrad School of Science earned the #2 seed with a 12-2 record. Sanford School grabbed the #3 spot, Caravel Academy secured #4, Ursuline Academy #5, Archmere Academy #6, Cape Henlopen High School #7 and rounding out the top 8 seeds is Mt. Pleasant High School. All 8 seeds received a first round play in bye and will host round one games on Wednesday, March 3rd. The first round play in games will kick off the tournament today, March 1st. Second round games will be played on Friday March 5th and the quarterfinal games will be played on Monday, March 8th. The semifinal games will be held on Wednesday, March 10th and the final round will be held at the Chase (76ers) Fieldhouse on Friday, March 12th.
The Unified Basketball Championship kicks off next Monday, March 8th with 4 quarterfinal games. All games through to the championship will be hosted by the higher seeded team. Appoquinimink is top seed in the north and Caesar Rodney is the top seed in the south. The semifinals will be held on Wednesday, March 10 which will tip off at 6 p.m. The Unified Basketball Championship game will be on Saturday, March 13 with a 1 p.m. start time.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and adhering to guidelines from the State, DPH and DIAA, this year's tournament games are hosted by the higher seed teams. DIAA member schools will adhere to gathering restrictions and follow their approved DPH facility plans. If the facility plan allows, member schools may allow spectators which will consist of up to two spectators per player. All tournament events will be livestreamed. A list of all member school’s livestream links can be found here.
Most DIAA State Championship games will allow two fans per player from each home and away team. Spectators are encouraged to check each host school’s website to determine each contest’s fan policy as some sites do differ.
First, Second, Third and Quarter-Final Round - $5.00 Students (K-12) and Adults
Semi-Final Round - $6.00 Students (K-12) and Adults
Final Round - $8.00 Students (K-12) and Adults
NFHSNetwork is the official partner of the DIAA State Championship and will select certain games to stream live. This year, member schools are permitted to provide live video coverage of the post-season tournament contest. Broadcast fees apply except for livestreams by school-owned websites or school controlled webpages.
A list of all member school’s livestream links can be found here.
Media is permitted at events. We ask that media contact member schools for entry and placement of media depending on the layout of the facility, including how many people are permitted in the facility due to social distancing regulations. Only media with a DIAA 2020-2021 credential will be permitted entry.
Media should contact DIAA in advance to request live broadcast at any event. DIAA will notify member schools when requests have been approved. For media credential requests, media shall apply for credentials through the DIAA website.
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DIAA is proud to to be a recipient of the Delaware Division of Public Health’s Tobacco Prevention Community Contract. Funding for the Contract is provided by the Delaware Health Fund and managed by the American Lung Association in Delaware. To provide parents with a simple roadmap to address the dangers of vaping with kids, "Get Your Head Out of the Cloud" has free educational resources including a conversation guide, which can be found here, TalkAboutVaping.org