I also shouldn't have to say this, but I will put it on record right now. ALL ROSTERS HAVE BEEN FROZEN since the early January deadline. Do not attempt to use an illegal player. Unlike the NCAA that drags its feet on these matters, punishment by the WYBL will be swift and will include a complete ban on ever participating in the WYBL ever again. In addition, your action will reflect on your entire program and they too, may face the death penalty.
** Attention ** - This weekend is daylight savings. Your clock is moving forward one hour, so factor that in your travel planning for games this Sunday, March 9th.
* Year end tournament Seedings *
Now, on a much lighter note, Selection Sunday (thanks, Steve) is over. The seedings are POSTED in spreadsheet form in the HANDOUTS section. The brackets have been posted in the HANDOUTS section.
** Attention ** - I have made an adjustment relating to two specific grades based upon feedback that I know is correct. First, the 6A seedings have been adjusted to move all 10-6 teams above the rising Muskego team. Secondly, in 4th grade, I had Whitefish Bay and Lake Country inverted. They are now in their correct home.
I want to share the methodology that was used by the esteemed Selection Committee (me). First, I want to re-iterate that your record in the WYBL this season supercedes anything that may have happened in tournaments. In essence, I will use the head-to-head record of tied teams in league play even if that means your team beat team "XYZ" three times in tournaments. Tournament results matter if (a) you did not play each other in the WYBL and (b) I was made aware of it!
The Committee faced three specific challenges in the seedings.
1) How do you break ties when teams have the same record?Head-to-head record vs tied teams. Then defensive points allowed. Here's an exact example from the 8A division. 7 teams tied with 7-9 records. Yes, 7 teams! They ended up in this order:
Brook Central (8) went 3-1, allowed 652 points
Brook Central (7) went 3-1, allowed 696 points
Burlington went 3-1, allowed 730 points
Arrowhead went 2-2, allowed 562 points
Mukwonago went 2-3, allowed 649 points
Waukesha Crusaders went 1-3, allowed 669 points
Sussex Hamilton went 1-3, allowed 704 points.
I then had to invoke rule #3 below to separate the BC teams, so I moved Burlington up one notch (higher than they otherwise deserved).
2) What went into seeding teams either rising or lowering a division?I "honored" teams that completed a highly successful season in their division with a high seed. All of the high seeds in the "Plus" division (8B+, 7B+, etc) came from the current "B" standings. No dropping "A" team garnered the pole position. My personal observation of dropping 6A, 7A, and 8A teams assisted me in placing those teams in the newly created B+ division as well as discussions with coaches on common opponents/tournament games. Admittedly, this is a subjective part. Prove the Committee wrong by winning your games and advancing forward.
3) Even acknowledging point #1 and #2 above, my seeding doesn't look right. Is there anything else I am missing?In several instances, I had to move some seeds up or down one in an attempt to move teams from the same program away from each other. One example is 8B+ where I had to ensure Oak Creek "A" and Oak Creek "B" did not play each other.
Once brackets are sent to the printer (tonight!), there will be no changes, even if there is a mistake in calculating seeds.
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:Â
Include the date, grade, division, the teams and score.Â 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
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.
"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.