Invitationals-- “Practice” Tournaments:

Invitationals are extra tournaments conducted by host schools all around the country. They do not affect your standing in any official state ranking, but they are terrific ways of developing your team in good shape, and they let your team have more than a one day season. For any invitational anyplace in the country, your team must be completely registered and paid up in you home state to compete; otherwise the insurance from national SO does not cover you and you cannot participate.

Some tournaments have a very early registration date and some, such as MIT, fill up within a few minutes of opening on-line registration. You can register for an Invitational before you get registered with CTSO; the host school will give you a cut-off date to get your CTSO stuff done. Please remember that your school may take several months to send CTSO a check for registration.

If you are interested in any invitational be sure you check their website for updates; important things like tournament dates can change.

Invitationals are practice tournaments. Any team registered in CT can participate. Invitations are terrific experiences for your kids - no pressure, just science learning and fun. There is often as additional registration fee, and you may have to write, blog, and run an event. Here is a listing of some tournaments that are in range of Connecticut Schools.

In Connecticut:

BC Scrimmage – December 14, 2019 in South Windsor High School  **Free to low cost**:

All tech events, some others, workshops for coaches and kids.

BC Invitational – January 25, 2020 in Sacred Heart University  **Free with free lunch**:

About 15 events in each division.

C Division Invitational – February 1, 2020 at Yale University, New Haven:

Registration opens September 30, 2020 at 6:00 pm. Cost $103 per team. 2 teams OK - all national events. Will book up in a few days.

Out of State:

BC Division - January 4, 2020 - Columbia HS, East Greenbush, NY about $90 per team

C Division - January 25, 2020 - M.I.T.

            Registration opens September 18 at 6:00 pm. - This may book up in seconds! Probably about $110 per team. The form can be accessed via

C Division - February 1, 2020 - Harvard 
            Registration opens September 19, fee $150 per team

B Division - February 2 2020 (Sunday) - Harvard

            No details yet - probably same as C above

C Division - February 8, 2020 - Princeton **Free!**
            Registration will be open on Monday, September 16, 2019 at 5:00 PM EDT

C Division - February 8, 2020 - Brown University, Providence, RI
            Registration opens on Monday, September 16, 2019; no other details yet. Try