I have updated the registration materials and they are posted in the HANDOUTS section on the left side of the website. We understand you may not have final rosters until tryouts have been completed, so that portion can be submitted separately (see timeline below).
September 28, 2015. Registration will officially be closed.
September 30, 2015. The field will be posted on the website
October 9, 2015. WYBL schedule will be released in excel form.
October 16, 2015. Final team payment is due.
October 30, 2015. Team Waivers & Rosters must be submitted.
November 8, 2015. First games for roughly half the field.
December 27, 2015. No WYBL games will be scheduled.
January 10, 2016. Roster freeze date. No more changes.
March 6 & 13, 2016. Year End Championship tournament dates.
Please see the Communication Section below for more detail on the above registration (team acceptance) process.
* 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 . Phone number is 414 839-6800
I have reserved spots for most returning organizations that field a full array of teams across all grades. You still are required to submit team registration forms with the proper coaching contact information. It would greatly aid my work load if you would drop me an email prior to the deadline with either a firm team count or a very good educated guess.
Prior history dictates divisional placement, but let me know your thoughts. Did your team significantly improve (or decline)? Transfers? Indicate on the team registration form your desired placement. In most cases, I will honor your judgment, but understand there always is a few teams moved up or down because we only have so much room in each division.
New organizations wishing to get in should follow this advice (though exceptions do exist): Your priority level goes up by having more teams across the various grades. It makes the schedule just that much easier. "A" level teams will also be looked at more favorably.
It is my goal to have the majority of the field finalized before registration ends.
A $140 down payment is acceptable to hold your reservation if you have to wait until tryouts are completed to collect player fees. Else, full payment is expected upon registration submittal.
Many organizations elect to pay via one check rather than break it up by team. That's fine as well, but remember to still attach team registration forms for each team you are paying for as we need the contact information for coaches as well as an indication of divisional placement.
The schedule will be posted in excel spreadsheet form no later than October 9, 2015. This will allow you to start to book tournaments around your league schedule.
The schedule will then be uploaded into the website scheduler. It is unfortunately more a manual process than I would like. Once completed (about 10 days), this will become the official schedule,
Any subsequent change will ONLY be reflected in the website scheduler. Changes are rare, but they do happen when we have over 3,000 games scheduled and we are beholden to the whims of the schools that host our games.
If you are hosting a tournament, I need to know ASAP so I can schedule your team to be free.
Projected WYBL Grades & Divisions (insight into the process):
For each grade, I will very roughly rank teams based upon historical performance. For some, it is so evident that they will immediately get placed into a division. For many others, they get placed in the "great middle" and may get moved up or down depending on the cutoff needed.
Based upon where the "cliffs" reside for each grade, there may be divisions with 16, 18, or 20 teams.
We will compare your desired division (team registration form) to our working model. Adjustments are then made accordingly. Most cases in favor of your desire, but if we have 17 teams in one division and 19 in another, one has to move.
For teams on the bubble to gain acceptance, playing "Up" in a higher division gains you many bonus points with me as I juggle the potential teams into the final field. That is especially true of new teams and may be the only way to gain entry.
For our charter organizations that have been around a long time, an email to me to confirm the number of teams (early in the process) is greatly appreciated and allows me to better communicate with school districts that have interest in joining as I can provide a more complete outlook for them.
4th grade exception. Since the majority are new at this level, we do not have much history to go by. As such, any information provided is a great.
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.