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Wisconsin's Premier Youth Basketball League
 

* Update Oct 15th * 

The schedule has been posted in the HANDOUTS section of the website under 2014/2015 Documents.  See below in the Communications section for additional notes on the schedule.


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.

Send an email to: WYBLScores@yahoo.com

Include the date, grade, division, the teams and score.  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 Leeclement1@yahoo.com.  Phone number is 414 839-6800

 

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Communication Exchange
10/15/2014
Master Schedule Notes Please note that the schedule posted is...
Basketball Thoughts & Observations
03/03/2014
March Madness time The omens have been around for weeks now. ...
Quotes of the Week
03/02/2014
My reading of history convinces me that most bad government results...
 
Communication Exchange

Master Schedule Notes

Please note that the schedule posted is the complete Master Schedule for the entire year.  This will provide your team with information on play dates, locations, and game times.  In the next two weeks, we will upload the full schedule (not an easy task) into the website scheduler and then at that time, the website scheduler will become the official schedule and any such changes will ONLY be reflected there.

Navigating the spreadsheet

  1. The first tab on the spreadsheet will be the FINAL master list of all teams and the division in which that team has been placed in.  Over the past week, I have made some adjustments based upon mutual desires of teams to switch places.   {find your grade, division, and identify your team number.  Ex: For 5th grade, Brookfield Central's "A" team is team 5A1 and their "B" team is 5B10}
  2. The second tab is the schedule showing game locations each week, the opponent, and game times.  Right now, this is the only place where you will specifically see your game location, opponent, and start time until the website schedule is uploaded.  Since it was cumbersome to use "+", for all "B+" divisions, the schedule will use the identifier "Z" for your games.  {ex: in the 6th grade B+ division, Tosa West is team 6Z1.  They have games November 9th @ West Allis Central and will be playing team 6Z5 (WA Hale) at noon and team 6Z6 (Whitnall) at 2pm.}.  Tip:  In excel, from the Home position, look for the Editing area on the top far right on the toolbar.  Select FIND & SELECT and then FIND from the drop down menu.  Enter your team indentifier.  Excel will take you to the first cell that meets that criteria (note the game location and time).  then you may select FIND "next" or FIND "all".  This is an easy way to just identify your games in the large master spreadsheet.
  3. Each successive tab on the bottom of the spreadsheet is grade-specific.  This will give you a quick peek to see which dates you play and who is the opponent.  You then can reference the master schedule tab to see the exact start time.
  • It opens to my worksheet of conflicts (host tournaments).  Keep scrolling to the right to the right and you will find a matrix of which team you will have to play two times (only for a 16 team divisional breakdown).  Further right is a listing of your game dates and opponents on that particular date.  {this spot is the fastest way to see your play dates to then determine your open weeks for tournaments}

My disclaimer (!)

I believe I have caught most (all?) errors, but the law of averages is not on my side when I had to shoehorn 3,000 games into selected weeks and the known hosting facilities for those dates.  If you identify an error, please send me an email (Leeclement1@yahoo.com) so I can make the correction.

Much effort was expended in identifying local host tournaments so we can schedule around those potential conflicts.  Furthermore, it is typical for the younger grades to play the majority of their games early while the teenagers tend to play later in the day.  For example, you will find virtually all 7A and 8A have start times beyond 2pm.  Yet, exceptions do exist, as previously known conflicts, facility availability, and/or just fitting all the games in on that particular play date may be cause for a variance.  I also tried to minimize travel when and where an opportunity arose to do so.  Collectively, I think I was successful, but with 316 teams covering the broad spectrum of the SE Wisconsin geographical area, individually, that may not be evident.  This schedule represents what we consider the best fit for the WYBL.

Finally, you will notice several dates where the location is listed as "to be determined".  Trust us, your games will be played; we still are working with a few school districts to procur their facility for those dates.


by Lee Clement posted 10/15/2014
Basketball Thoughts & Observations
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.

 
by Lee Clement posted 03/03/2014
Quotes of the Week

My reading of history convinces me that most bad government results from too much government.

Thomas Jefferson


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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."
Thomas Sowell


"In reading the lives of great men, I found that the first victory they won was over themselves... self-discipline with all of them came first."
Harry S. Truman



“We always overestimate the change that will occur in the next two years and underestimate the change that will occur in the next ten. Don't let yourself be lulled into inaction.”
Bill Gates


“Faced with the choice between changing one's mind and proving that there is no need to do so, almost everyone gets busy on the proof.”
John Kenneth Galbraith
 

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.

Thomas Sowell


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Our scientific power has outrun our spiritual power. We have guided missiles and misguided men.

Martin Luther King, Jr.


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posted 03/02/2014
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