(LAkeshore basketball league)
Participating Schools: Cedar Grove, Elkhart Lake, Fond du Lac, Grafton, Howards Grove, Kewaskum, Kiel, Kohler, Manitowoc Lutheran, Oostburg, Ozaukee, Plymouth, Port Washington, Random Lake, Roncalli, Sheboygan Christian, Sheboygan Falls, Sheboygan Lutheran, Sheboygan North, Sheboygan South.
LBL Goals/Mission: The LBL goal is to provide a competitive opportunity for 3rd-8th Grade Girls Basketball teams that will minimize travel, keep fees low, and will give ownership and flexibility to individual programs and/or host sites.
Entry Fee: There is an annual entry fee of $100 per program/school whether you get 1 grade involved or all 6 grades involved (3rd-8th). The $100 is non-refundable and is used for clerical costs throughout the year. It is also there to make sure schools/programs are committed. The entry fee is due on October 13.
Grade Levels: The league will be offered for grades 3 - 8.
League Game Dates: League games will be offered November 4, 11, and 18, December 2, 9, and 16, January 6, 13, & 20. The league tournament will take place on January 27.
Process for Requesting Hosting: Schools will have the opportunity to request host dates and league tournament hosting opportunities by indicating their interest prior to the season. Host dates will be assigned with the goal of giving multiple schools opportunities, while attempting to minimize travel and considering a program’s overall commitment to the league. Programs that have more teams and play more weeks may be given preference. Additionally, should there be a scenario where we are short gym space, priority will be given to schools that host more.
Contact Information: When requesting league games, programs will be asked to share contact information (email and phone numbers) for the program director and all grade level coaches.
Process for Requesting Games: Programs will need to submit game requests for the entire season at once. Programs will indicate the number of games they request for each week, with the default being two games per team. Should a team request to play three games on a given week, we will attempt to accommodate. If that is not possible given other requests, teams will need to decide whether they prefer two or four games. Game schedules will be released in blocks, with the November schedule being released first, followed by the December schedule, and then the January schedule.
League Tournament: Teams that play at least 2 weeks of league are invited to play in the league tournament. All teams that participate in at least 6 weeks of the league are required to play in the league tournament. Prior to the tournament, all programs will have an opportunity to rank the teams in order to help set the brackets as accurately as possible. In grades where there are more than 16 teams, the tournament may be split into two separate brackets. The cost of the League Tournament is $150 per team and will be due on October 13. There will also be an opportunity for multiple schools to help in the hosting of the tournament (more information will come regarding this).
Penalties for Canceling Games: If a team does not show up to play on a week they are scheduled to play, shows up with fewer than 5 players, or cancels ahead of time, that program will be assigned penalties as follows.
October 13 - DEADLINE to request host & game requests
October 13 - League Fees ($100 per program) & Team Tournament Fees due ($150 per team) - Non-refundable. (Checks written to LBL and sent to 4245 N. 29th St, Sheboygan, WI 53083)
November 4 - First week of league
January 20 - Last week of league
January 27 - League Tournament date
Game Day Rules: Link to game day rules.
Admissions: $3 for Adults. $2 for Students and Seniors.
Procedure for Paying Officials: Schools will be asked to bring $25 cash per game each week. This money will be given to the host site who will then pay the officials.
Philosophy on Playing at Other Grade Levels: The grade level that girls play at is at the discretion of the coaches. Girls can play up or down grade levels. However, the decision to play girls down a level should be made because it is developmentally appropriate, not to gain a competitive advantage. Wins and losses take on more significance in the league tournament. Therefore, teams that win more games than they lose during the regular season and have a chance at finishing in the top 3 in the league tournament should play in the age group that corresponds with their oldest player.
Philosophy on Players Participating on Teams Outside Their School Boundaries: In an era of school choice and charter schools, it is very difficult to predict where a student will go to high school. Therefore, girls will be allowed to participate on the team they identify as their future high school program.