2021 Wisconsin State Invitational Championship Basketball Tournament

 

If you coach a team that is interested in participating in the 2021 Wisconsin State Invitational Championship Tournament, there are a few specific questions we will ask when we contact you (either before or after we email you the Enrollment Form).  This tournament is by invitation only and we are looking for the strongest teams in Wisconsin.   

While team strength is a critical part of the selection process, the first criterion is player eligibility.  Every year there are a number of strong teams that we must decline because their players live in multiple school districts.  Private schools are welcome to participate in the WSICT, but the eligibility requirements for non-public schools in this tournament are as stringent as those for public schools, with all players required to attend a feeder school of the same denomination or affiliation within the high school's geographic drawing area.  We provide exceptions for students currently open-enrolled at a different public school district than the one in which they currently live.  We do NOT, under any circumstances, consider where parents say they are planning to send a son/daughter to high school (unless he/she is already open enrolled by the time of the 8th grade WSICT for a player going into 9th grade in 2021-2022).  For a very detailed discussion of tournament player eligibility requirements, see WSICT Rule 11, which can be accessed on this website by clicking on "2021 WSICT Rules."

In deciding which teams to invite to the WSICT, tournament organizers spend a great deal of time researching the strength of potential invitees.  That includes:

  • Monitoring traveling league website results and standings.  Most of the larger traveling leagues in the state (e.g., The Great Northwest, YGSBL, WYBL, etc.) maintain websites that post standings and/or game results.  We monitor these on a weekly basis during the fall/winter season.  If you coach a team that plays in a smaller league that maintains a website that is actively updated with game results, let us know what that website is by emailing us at:  terri@gnbl.org.  We only monitor leagues that are organized on an A/B basis, or where the communities participating field only one team.  We will not monitor leagues where participant communities have multiple, evenly-divided teams, because the results of games involving such teams do not accurately reflect the relative strength of a community's "A" team once the strongest players are put together on one team for our tournament.
  • Recommendations from alumni coaches.  The coaches of the teams that enrolled in the 2020 WSICTs were asked to recommend younger teams (last season's 4th grade) from their community or other communities, that they felt would be sufficiently strong to play in the 2021 WSICT. 
  • Varsity coaches and tournament directors.  Throughout the year, we talk to many varsity coaches and tournament directors about strong teams in their area that they have seen.

 

Coaches who are interested in attending the 2021 WSICT, are welcome to initiate the invitation process by submitting the 2021 WSICT Interest Form.

If you have any questions about the WSICT, please contact Terri Green at 715-386-4317 or terri@gnbl.org.