* The Registration Materials for the 2014/2015 season are located in the HANDOUTS section of the website. We will now be officially accepting your team/program registrations. *
Team fees will remain the same as last year.
Here is a sneak peek at the WYBL Calendar and important dates.
Monday, August 11th. Registration officially opens.
Sunday, Sept 28th. Registration period closes.
Tuesday, Sept 30th. Teams and divisions posted on website
Friday, Oct 10th. Final date for payment of league fee's
Wednesday, Oct 15th. Master schedule will be distributed.
Friday, Oct 24th. All team rosters/waivers to be submitted.
Sunday, Nov 9th. First week of games
Sunday, Mar 1st. Final slate of league games
March 8/15th - WYBL Championship tournament dates
It is important to note that the WYBL will be playing scheduled games on Sunday, November 30th and Sunday, December 28th. The only week with no games scheduled will be December 21st.
* The Communication Section below has more information pertaining to the 2014/2015 season *
The WYBL is a league that supports community-based teams. It is required that each player reside in your school district or currently open enroll into your school district. Let me be clear on this: no teams shall be comprised on multi-district players.Players should be assigned to teams within their grade level (or play "up") and not according to age.
Reporting Game Results: The winning team is responsible for reporting the game result. Please send the result in no later than the end of Monday following the game. We will immediately update the website and the comparative scores will be available for all to see.
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Include the date, grade, division, the teams and score.ÃƒƒƒƒƒÃƒƒƒ†’ƒ‚ An example is this: Nov 7th, 8A, North 39 East 37
As is always the case, please contact me at any time with questions and/or suggestions. The aim is to continue to improve to make the WYBL the best youth boys basketball league in the State. For Information Concerning the League please Contact Lee Clement. The email address is . Phone number is 414 839-6800
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Frequently Asked Questions.
How many teams will you be accepting for the 2014/2015 season?
Last year, the WYBL had 284 teams representing grades 4th-8th. Our planning has pegged the number to be between 280-300 for this season.
How many divisions will there be for each grade?
At least three ("A", "B", "C") and possibly four. The success of the year end championship tournament (four divisions) may lead to that being the "norm" for 2014/2015. That final determination will be made closer to the registration deadline when we have a better indication of the field for each grade.
How will I know which division our team is placed in?
On the team registration form, indicate your preferred division. I would recommend using "+" and "-" to guide placement. For the historically stronger teams, obviously "A" is a given. Past performance will be dictate many of the placements. If the WYBL goes to a four division setup, we most likely will have a Platinum, Gold, Silver, and Bronze divisions. Every year a few teams get placed into divisions not to their liking; we attempt to minimize that but the overall competitiveness of a grade/division is our goal.
Is my team guaranteed placement in the WYBL if we submit the registration form before the deadline?
No. An application submitted does not mean automatic acceptance. Placement into the WYBL is on a priority basis.
How does the WYBL determine priority for league inclusion?
1) Placement is guaranteed to returning school districts who field teams at each grade/level. 2) Returning organizations that have traditionally filled all grades but may have insufficient numbers to do that in one particular grade for the upcoming season. 3) Incoming 7th and 8th grade teams that have participated in the WYBL for the previous two seasons. 4) New school district teams that submit a full array of teams. 5) New school district teams that enter less than a full array of teams (but at least one per grade). 6) Individual teams that submit registrations will be accepted on a need basis only (ie. to round out the field)
Is hosting games at our high school necessary to gain acceptance?
How will I know if our organization/team has gained acceptance?
Returning organizations covering #1-#3 above are "in" upon submission of the team registration form and/or email contact with Lee. New school teams (#4-#5 above) must apply and then get email/phone confirmation from Lee. Priority #6 will only be filled on a need basis and upon the closing of registration will be notified.
When will we know our game schedule?
Scheduling 130-150games per week covering 4-5 facilities takes about two full weeks. The schedule will be released in excel format to coaches on (or before) the deadline and then uploaded and posted into the website scheduler. Once completed, the website schedule will be final.
What if we want to book some early season tournaments?
Our suggestion is to wait. However, during the Nov/Dec period, teams will be scheduled every-other week. If your team is playing Nov 9th, then you can reasonably assume to be playing Nov 23rd, Dec 7th, and Dec 28th. Post Xmas, it is not as cut-and-dried, ie. if your school hosts a local tournament we will schedule around it and that will impact the exact weeks your team has league games.
March Madness time
The omens have been around for weeks now. The glass is looking half full and optimism abounds.
On February 2nd, we required Punxsutawney Phil to come out of hiding and to garner enough smarts to possibly see his shadow. For us northern-living folks, we hold out hope that Phil sees something; even a partial glimpse of his shadow if it means better weather is just around the corner. Earlier in the month, the second omen arrived. Pitchers and catchers reported to Spring Training and we annually fall prey to a magic spell that tries to convince our brain that this could be the Brewers year. And now, the calendar has officially flipped to March, signifying the countdown to the NCAA basketball tournament. The soon-to-be tournament is a time for dreamers, a time for upstarts to make a name for themselves. The beauty, for many teams, is you don’t have to win it to become the toast-of-the town. Two upsets and the Sweet 16 comes calling, along with the coveted Cinderella label.
For now, the NCAA tournament will have to wait, because our version is now upon us. Like its older brethren, the WYBL Championships has room for several Cinderella’s to emerge as well as top seeded teams who plan on extending their season long good fortune. For those lower seeded teams, think of it as a rebirth, a renewal of promise that things are possible if the right potion is mixed up. Teams have had the last week to plan specifically for their first round opponent; or for those who court risk, perhaps look ahead to a possible second round foe.
In the year end tournament, I admit to having a soft spot for the underdog and will be silently rooting for one to emerge in each grade. Two wins puts you in the semi’s and you’re eligible to wear the slipper. I want those coaches, parents, and players to experience the thrill of unexpected victory. I vividly remember my 7th grade team losing its last league game and dropping to a #10 seed which meant a first round opponent that I was desperate to avoid ( Tosa East, a bad matchup for us). Worse, the powerful #2 Arrowhead team would be waiting to put us in our place should we dare crash the party.
I told the team that luck is really good preparation meeting opportunity. We practiced four times the week before the games. Two practices each were designated to the tendencies of each team and after the week, I still only believed we had a “puncher’s chance”. But still, a fat out of shape Buster Douglass beat Mike Tyson, so we were trying to be “lucky” too.
And Lady Luck was indeed on our side. We got outplayed but survived #7 because of their mistakes, not what we did. Still, I’ll take it. We then conjured up the best performance of our season, mixed in some calls that went our way, and held Lady Luck’s hand as she led us to a most improbable victory over a stunned, disbelieving #2. It was the shot heard round the league. Mighty Casey had struck out! A look at the bracket revealed all chalk except for one team. Seeds #1, 3, and 4 all advanced to the semi’s; however, this party-crashing team, this motley crew without a pedigree, held the very same invitation as the others. Better yet, of all possible matchups, our scheduled game vs #3 Whitefish Bay was a good matchup for us.
Alas, my dear readers, the same slipper which fit so comfortably the week before seemed to shrink a size or two. It was a narrow, hard-fought loss. A game we could/should have won, but didn’t. That’s ok. Like Puxnsutawney Phil we saw our shadow and weren’t afraid. In fact, we liked what we saw. I hope your team can experience the same.
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It is amazing that people who think we cannot afford to pay for doctors, hospitals, and medication somehow think that we can afford to pay for doctors, hospitals, medication and a government bureaucracy to administer it.