General Information

The First 8 is an invite only tournament for select Northeast teams. This 1-day event will be sure to features some of the top shoe and non-shoe programs in the Northeast.

This event will be applying for NCAA sanctioning for Division I, II and III college coaches in 2021. 

Games will be played in the Springfield, Massachusetts area with sites being the Mass Mutual Center.  

A level teams can register in the follwing divisions.  

Boys 11th/Open
Boys 10th 
Boys 9th 

Teams will be guaranteed 2 games in bracket format.  

Steps for participating in the event, if event receives certifiation from the NCAA:

1. The NCAA basketball certification website and FAQ page ( – because this page includes links to user resource quick-reference guides and manuals including guidelines and step by step instructions for participants.
2.  The USA Basketball Gold License link ( - because all individuals involved in coaching activities will need to obtain a USAB Gold License.  (Returning users should RENEW their previous account and NOT create a new one.)
3.  The Basketball Certification System (BBCS) link ( – because team organizations, coaches, and athletes need to be registered in this database.  (Returning coach and athlete users should RENEW their previous account and NOT create a new one.)

Any schedule requests should be made in writing and sent to 


Colin Tabb


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If choosing a division option within in age group, please know that the Naismith Division is for B/C level teams and the Hall of Fame Division is for A/Elite level teams. If no division option exists within a grade/age group for registration, we will make sure to create separate divisions upon creating the schedule, as long as there are enough teams to satisfy separate Naismith and Hall of Fame divisions.

9th - 12th Grade Registration


Divisions/Age Groups

11th/Open Hall of Fame

10th Grade Hall of Fame

9th Grade Hall of Fame


Mass Mutual Center

1277 Main Street
Springfield, MA 01103

College Coaches Packets

Division I Packet


Division II Packet


Division III Packet


2nd packet - same school


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