Tournament Format

Each team at the WSICT is guaranteed six games, with no team playing more than seven, in the two-day event (Saturday and Sunday only; there are no Friday games).  The field in each grade is divided into four divisions tracking with the five divisions of the WIAA but combining Divisions 4 and 5 due to lower participation numbers in Division 5.  We occasionally will move a team down or up one division (we only do that with the team coach's permission) in order to get a manageable number of teams in each division for pooling purposes.  When asking teams to do this, our sole factor is size of high school enrollment (not perceived team strength), so that school districts of comparable size play only other communities their relative size. 


WSICT Pool Assignments:  WSICT participants typically play two or three games against another pool or companion pool, and then three or four more in either the championship or consolation bracket.  When putting together the pools for Saturday pool play in the 2021 WSICT, we will look at these factors:


  • We’ll try to achieve geographic diversity – neighboring communities will generally not be scheduled to play each other in pool play.


  • We’ll try to achieve balance by quality of teams.  Top finishers in each division at the previous WSICT will be evenly-dispersed amongst the pools.  For new teams to the 2021 WSICT field, we’ll rely on what we are provided regarding their record, as well as anecdotal information we’ve heard about each team from other coaches, in order to achieve balance by ability between the pools.


  • We’ll try, where possible, to not match up teams that played each other in WSICTs.  For new teams in 2021, we’ll rely on their answer to the question on their enrollment form about other strong teams they’ve played; we’ll try not to pool them with teams they’ve played frequently during the season.


WSICT Scheduling:  Each WSICT participant will play either four games on Saturday and two on Sunday, or three on Saturday and three on Sunday (for those teams playing seven, there will be four games on one day and three on the other).  Games are scheduled 1 hour 15 minutes apart, starting Saturday at 9:00 a.m., with the last games on Saturday tipping off at 8:15 p.m.  On Sunday, the first games of the day start at 8:00 a.m. and the last games at 2:15 p.m. or 3:30 p.m.  Teams will usually have a one or two game break between games.