As a reminder, I (Mark Brault) must have in my sole possession full payment and your signed waiver/release prior to your first game. There are NO exceptions. That means you must either send, email or fax your waiver to me. Please do NOT 1) give your waiver to Lee; 2) think it's ok to bring your waiver to your first game as I likely will not be at your specific gym since I have my own games that day or 3) leave your waiver at the facility where you play your first game.
Address: 5121 S. Donna Ct., Hales Corners, WI 53130
* Update Oct 27th *
The website scheduler is now official.
From the "Team" tab above, select the proper "Grade" and "Division". Find your team name and click on it. To the left are additional menu options and if you click on "Schedule", your team schedule will appear. I have reviewed it for errors and believe it to be correct (with just a few modifications to go):
A few "tbd" locations have been filled in. We still have a few more to go and I will be continually updating them.
Any game scheduled for WF Bay high school beyond January 2015 has been pushed back 30 minutes per their request (4:30pm start instead of 4:00pm).
Nicolet (2) will replace Whitnall (2) as team 5C7
Milwaukee Montessori will replace Grafton (2) as team 4C17
Finally, coaches, it is YOUR responsibility to check the website for any changes to your game time/location. During the course of the season, emergencies do arise and we will be asked by some hosting school districts to modify things (thankfully there are very few!).
* A Reminder * 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. 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.
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.com. 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.