The Seedings and Brackets are completed. They are now posted in the HANDOUTS section (under 2014/2015 documents). There is a spreadsheet with all the seedings for each division. The spreadsheet is color-coded to easier find your team. If you played in "C" this year, your team is in RED. If you played "B", your team is GREEN. If you played "B+", your team is in BLUE. All "A" teams are shown in BLACK. The brackets for each division along with the game times and location are also posted.
As a reminder, there are a few subjective aspects to seeding 316 teams across 20 divisions. Much work (probably too much!) went into breaking all ties, but in a few cases, judgment calls were made. Deal with it and prove me wrong with your teams' play.
It will be too late for changes. They are being sent to the printer when they are posted.
There are instances where I moved teams up (or down) from where they "earned" the right to be. It did not occur many times, but when it did, it was because I had to separate schools "A" and "B" teams into different parts of the bracket.
Head-to-head result was the very first tie breaker, but in the case of a multiple team tie, I usually had to dig much deeper. The only times tournament results were used was when (a) I am aware of them (b) teams did not play during the regular season (c) teams moving up/down a division and it helped for comparison purposes.
Speaking of rising or dropping teams, it is usually a judgment call on my part as to where they slot it. I consulted coaches and used the knowledge of what I saw from the team this season to aid in the placement.
* How to Report 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. Better still, with today's technology at your disposal, send it in immediately after your game! We will update the website and the comparative scores will be available for all to see.
Send an email to:
Include the date, grade, division, the teams and score. An example is this: Nov 7th, 8A, North 39 East 37
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.
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.comLeeclement1@yahoo.comLeeclement1@yahoo.com. Phone number is 414 839-6800
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.
Sometimes, out of the clear blue sky (ok, it’s usually overcast) my mind heads in a different direction. For a powerpoint presentation to potential clients, we were looking for a “wow” start that grabbed their attention right away. I was supposed to be searching the web for some examples, but got sidetracked by the Declaration of Independence (yes, that 1776 thing that Tom, Ben, and John penned in their spare time).
The Declaration of Independence hits us right away with this powerful sentence. “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness”.
There were 2-3 segments of the sentence that had my attention, namely, the mushy thing about truths that are self-evident (hmm, what other truisms could I find and if I had to search for them, are they really self-evident?) and the part about certain unalienable rights (couldn’t they have just spelled them out to save us some time?). Well, that ruined my day at work. How do you explain to the others that our presentation was going to remain an empty shell until I could make peace with those independent minded Philadelphians from 1776?
The answer didn’t take that long. That night, I met a long-time friend for dinner and drinks. Chalk this up to the difference between women and men, but normally the catching up period for men lasts all of two minutes before the real talk commences on the Brewers, Bucks, Packers, Badgers, etc. This time was different. Strangely different. Perhaps unknowingly stoked by Franklin, Jefferson, and Adams (not the schools), we talked about being happy in our particular stage of the life cycle. Glenn said he is so excited about 2015 to come as he intends to make it “the best single year of his life” (as an aside, that statement could never be made around your wife without some kind of disclaimer about the marriage year). Not to be outdone, or perhaps it was the liquid courage speaking on my behalf, I echoed his sentiments (but secretly wondered how I would ever top a few of those years between ages 18 and 30).
Unbeknownst to Glenn, he helped me solve the riddle that was keeping me from finishing my work; I really didn’t need a “wow” factor after all. It dawned on me that a key line in the Declaration of Independence was the pursuit of happiness, regardless of whether you actually attain it or not! That freedom (or liberty, if you will) to choose your path and/or to choose how you look at things is the most satisfying one. The end goal or result is the icing on the cake.
We’ve heard it many times before in various ways; enjoy the journey. The final outcome may or may not be within your full control. Tom Peters wrote the best selling 1980’s business book, “In Search of Excellence” and claimed to know what the best companies of the 21st century would all look like. The cynical amongst us will ask whether, metaphorically, he was suggesting we skip to the back of the book (yr 2000) and bypass the journey. You know what, at one stage of my life I may have been willing to be an “ends justifies the means” type of guy, but those days are far in my rear view mirror.
For my money, Glenn and I solved all the world’s problems over a bottle of Bordeaux. Alas, with all the world’s problems solved, we still got home later than planned. You see, we really couldn’t leave without the requisite sports talk, could we? Mrs. Coach says being home on time is now a pursuit I need to work on.