This site has two main purposes:
The first is to provide schedules for ALL levels of ALL sports in the Cape Ann League. By clicking on a school logo in the menu, you will be brought to the page for that school. There you will find schedules for all of the teams that the school fields, as well as a daily view of what is happening. You will also find a great deal more information that is specific to that school, such as coaches, game summaries, directions, and messages from the athletic department.
The second major function of the site is to report scores and standings for VARSITY sports that name a league champion. Clicking on a sport link to find out everything you need to know about a specific VARSITY sport. Here you will find scores for all of the schools in the league that field a VARSITY team in that sport, as well as the records and standings. You will also find a list of coaches, game summaries, league leaders, and more.
While some sports are varsity, if they do not compete for a "League" championship, we do not track their scores.
Typically, there are only a few schools in the league that field teams in these sports, and therefore the majority of their schedules are against teams from other leagues, and sometimes other states. While their schools are members of the league, they do not actually play a league schedule.
However, as with the subvarsity teams for league sports, you will find schedules for these teams here.
The athletic departments of the Cape Ann League use MAScores.com as their official scheduling site. When weather or other circumstances require a scheduling change, each athletic department will be updating their schedule directly on this site. You will not find a more current and accurate place for CAL and CAC schedules than right here.
Sign up for a "My Teams" account! All it takes is an e-mail address. After you create your account you can choose up to 5 teams to "follow". When the schedule of any of those teams is changed you will receive an e-mail alert with all of the details.
You can find more information about "My Teams" accounts in the FAQ on the 'My Teams' page.
Every varsity sport that names a league champion plays a League Schedule. This schedule is set by the athletic directors of the league. When you see an asterisk (*) next to a game on a schedule, it denotes that game as part of the League Schedule. It is the records of the teams in these games only that will determine which teams are league champions.
League schedules can vary from sport to sport. In some sports teams must play every member of the league (regardless of division) once, while other sports might require teams to play others within their division twice. In some cases, teams are not required to play opponents from other divisions within the league.
This is one of the most asked questions we receive, and it can be somewhat confusing.
As mentioned in the question above, each sport has a set League Schedule, which requires them to play members of the league a certain number of times. However, in most sports it is possible to add additional games to the schedule before hitting the maximum games in a season allowed by the MIAA.
These are called "non-league" games, and will count towards the team's overall record, which is one way a team can qualify for the MIAA state tournament. Often these additional games are scheduled against local teams from other leagues or from more distant schools that might be a good match.
However, sometimes two teams from the same league want to play another game against each other beyond those required by the league schedule. Although they are from the same league, these are still considered "non-league" games and will not count towards determining league champions.
Some schools in the MIAA have difficulty filling their schedules, due to playing in a league with few schools, or having no league affiliation. To allow these schools to play a complete schedule, the MIAA allows other schools to schedule "Exclusion Games" with these schools. These games will allow the non-exclusion school to play up to two additional games beyond what the MIAA has listed as the maximum for a season in a given sport.
While these games will automatically count towards the record of the exclusion school, the non-exclusion school may choose whether or not to count them in their overall record. However, the decision to not count a game must be made before the season begins in a form submitted to the MIAA.
A game marked as "Exclusion" on the site will NOT be counted towards a team's overall record.
As described above, a team's schedule may consist of both "league" games and "non-league" games. The League Record is used to determine standings within the league, and is calculated using only "league" games.
The Overall Record is a combination of both "league" and "non-league" games, and can be used as a means to qualify for a berth in the MIAA state tournament. The basic rule is that a team that wins 50% or more of its overall regular season games will be eligible for post-season play, but there are exceptions.
"PTS" is short for points, and is used to determine the standings in a given sport.
Two points are awarded for a win. For those sports in which games can end in a tie, each team receives one point when the result is a tie.
This system provides an equitable way in determining league standings and champions when Team A may have more wins than Team B, but Team B has fewer losses and more ties. For example, a team with a record of 16-2-0 will have the same number of points (32) as a team with a record of 15-1-2 (also 32).