The 32nd Annual Golden Knights Schoolgirls’ Invitational Basketball Tournament will be held February 21–23, 2020. The Golden Knights Tournament is a non-AAU tournament held the second weekend of the February school vacation. Each team in the tournament plays games on Friday evening (one game) and Saturday (two games) with the championship round of games played on Sunday.
In 2019, the 5th & 6th Grade Division consisted of 8 teams, and the 7th & 8th Grade Division consisted of 12 teams. All games are governed by the National Federation of High School Rules, except for the tournament-unique rules specified under Tournament Rules. Games are officiated by high school referees, primarily from the Berkshire County Referees Association.
The Tournament Ceremony is held Saturday afternoon and consists of the following events:
- Parade of tournament teams into the gym
- Playing of national anthem(s)
- Guest speakers
- Recognition of cancer survivors
- Shooting competitions
How to Enter
The Golden Knights Schoolgirl Invitational Basketball Tournament is an invitational tournament. Teams who participated in the tournament the previous year are invited back for the next tournament. New openings for the tournament are filled by the Tournament Committee from new applicants. The entry fee is $275.00.
Teams affiliated with an AAU program or that participate in AAU games are not eligible to play in the Golden Knights Tournament. Teams eligible to participate in the 5th/6th Grade Tournament are teams that consist of players in the 6th grade or earlier who have regularly played with the team during the basketball season. Teams eligible to participate in the 7th/8th Grade Tournament are teams that consist of players in the 8th grade or earlier who have regularly played with the team during the basketball season. Girls who are members of a high school varsity basketball team are not eligible to play in the tournament.
To apply for entry into the tournament, call or email the Tournament Coordinator, Terry Chamberland.
- Phone: 413-429-1689
- email: firstname.lastname@example.org
He will mail you an application form. Fill out the application form and mail it to the person designated on the application form. If you have any questions, please call or email the Tournament Coordinator.
The 5th/6th Grade Tournament divides teams into three brackets. Each team plays one game on Friday and two games on Saturday with the winners of the brackets and the best runner-up team (wildcard team) advancing to the championship round Sunday. Two semi-finals games are played on Sunday morning, and the winners of the semi-finals games advance to the championship game on Sunday afternoon.
The 7th/8th Grade Tournament divides teams into four brackets. Each team plays one game on Friday and two games on Saturday with the winners of the each bracket advancing to the championship round Sunday. Two semi-finals games are played on Sunday morning, and the winners of the semi-finals games advance to the championship game on Sunday afternoon.
Tournament Game Rules
The Golden Knights Tournament games are officiated by high school referees, primarily from the Berkshire County Referees Association. Games are governed by the National Federation of High School rules for basketball and tournament-unique rules.
Select the Rules link for a list of tournament-unique rules.
Shooting competitions held during the Tournament Ceremony consist of:
- Foul Shooting
- All-Around Shooting
Each team selects one player to represent her team for the Foul Shooting competition and two players to represent her team for the All-Around Shooting competition. The player (Foul Shooting) or players (All-Around Shooting) who make the most points in each competition wins.
Select the Rules link for the shooting competition rules for Foul Shooting and All-Around Shooting.
Golden Knights Support the Fight Against Breast Cancer
The Golden Knights Girls Youth Basketball Program began a theme of supporting the fight against breast cancer in women at the 2009 Golden Knights Tournament. This theme was established to heighten awareness of breast cancer and to use the tournament as a fundraiser to help find a cure for breast cancer. In the nine years since, the tournament has raised more than $20,000 to support the fight against cancer in women and donated this money to various cancer-related charities. The Golden Knights Program will make the fight a tradition in future tournaments until cancer in women is cured.
Donations for the fight against cancer are collected in lieu of admissions to the games. This year all funds raised will be donated to The Denise Kaley Fund. During the tournament ceremony, a guest speaker helps us intensify awareness of breast cancer, and cancer victims and survivors are recognized. We encourage all spectators to wear pink—for a PINK OUT!
Golden Knights invite you to join us in 2019 to support our young basketball players and to raise funds for cancer research.
Past Tournament Winners
The Golden Knights Schoolgirl Invitational Basketball Tournament began in 1989 as a 7th/8th grade tournament. In 2002, the 5th/6th grade division was added to the tournament.
Select the Winners link for a list of the winners of the past Golden Knights Tournaments.
The Tournament Committee is responsible for preparing for and running the tournament. Tournament Committee members for the 2019 Golden Knights Tournament are:
|Tournament Director—John Lucey|
|Tournament Coordinator—Terry Chamberland|
|Tournament Committee Members|
|Steve Bannon||Chris Hassett|
|Ken Benson||John Perreault|