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Federation Basketball Tournament
March 22 - March 24
The 2019 Federation Tournament will be back in Glens Falls, NY this season at Cool Insuring Arena. Featuring all of the state championship teams from NY State’s High School Boys & Girls Basketball, this elite NY state basketball tournament is a fan favorite and stacked with some of the top NCAA prospects.
Following a 45-year ban on high school basketball state championship tournaments in New York State, the State Education Department granted approval in 1978 for the first boys Federation tournament to be conducted on an experimental basis.
The original boys tournament was named the Super Sixteen tournament, as the four associations (NYSPHSAA, PSAL, CHSAA and NYSAISAA) competed in four classes, based primarily on student-body size. The four classes were called AAA, AA, A and B in 1979. From 1981 through 2003, the four classes were called A, B, C and D. In September 2000, the tournament became known as the Federation Tournament of Champions. Beginning with the 2004 tournament, competition has been held in three classes (AA, A and B). The first Girls Federation basketball tournament was held in 1982 at Union College, Schenectady, NY. The girls’ tournament then moved to various other sites including the Adirondack Community College, Queensbury High School, and Marist College, Poughkeepsie, NY. In 1995, the Federation voted to merge its two tournaments bringing both boys and girls state championships to the Cool Insuring Arena (formerly, Glens Falls Civic Center) in Glens Falls, NY.