2020-2021 Season Information
Update: September 1
Schools are back in session and many teams are sending in Enrollment Forms and Meet Hosting Forms! This season will be different than past seasons, we are going forward and together we will make it work!
We will begin locking in hosting dates next week. Each host will be contacted to be certain their facilities are confirmed.
Before we schedule teams into meets, we will send out a confirmation email to be certain the team you enrolled is ready to be scheduled. In that confirmation email, we will send details of what the scheduling will look like for that grade. For example, some 8th and 7th grade girls teams are moving their season to March/April, so there may be more meets held for those grades in January and February than in previous seasons.
We are also aware that some schools that cannot play or host at this time, may be able to secure dates to participate after a month or so of school. We will add any additional host dates to the schedule as soon as these are confirmed by teams and will post the openings on the website.
This will be a unique and challenging season, but we are confident that things will go forward and the kids will be on the court again soon! We are up for the challenge!
Thanks for your patience,
Terri and Tracie
REMINDERS FROM THE PREVIOUS UPDATE – POSTED ON AUGUST 1.
Deadlines for Forms:
Team Enrollment Form Revised deadlines:
LOCAL REGULATIONS ON MASKS AND OTHER ISSUES. Each host team will be required to inform visiting teams as well as the Great Northwest League of any local or school policies regarding players, parents and coaches wearing masks and crowd sizes, or any other relevant regulations when they make their pre-meet contacts, at least one week before the meet. The League will post these requirements on the bottom of the schedule page once we have them. These requirements are subject to change throughout the year and from area to area, so we will not post them for all meets from a school at the same time. The League does not have any exact rules in place since we cover a large area. We do recommend following safety guidelines for all players and fans which include wearing a mask when in public, washing hands/using hand sanitizer frequently and staying at home if you are not feeling well. Fans in the stands and in common areas should try to socially distance as much as possible.
OPTIONAL MEET FORMATS. Many schools may have restrictions on the number of people allowed into a venue at one time. Therefore, we would consider changing the format of the meets – if needed – to one of these options:
In these regular 3-game meets, there are two brackets of four teams each with teams playing at alternating times and a game off between each time that they play – Bracket 1 playing at 9:00, 11:20 and 1:40; and Bracket 2 playing at 10:10, 12:30 and 2:50.This format is still the best for hosting, teams will be able to rest between games and have time to get to the concession stand.
Bracket 1 would play at 9:00, 10:20 and 11:40.
Bracket 2 would play at 1:00, 2:20 and 3:40.
In this 3-team, 2-game option, the following schedule would be used:
9:00 Home team vs closest visiting team
10:10 Closest visiting team v Farthest visiting team
11:20 Home team vs Farthest visiting team
20 minute transition time between Brackets<
12:40 Home team vs Team 2
1:50 Team 2 vs Team 3
3:00 Home team, vs Team 3
Below is a link to the "Enrollment Information Posting" that was emailed to all coaches on June 10:
2020-2021 MEET HOSTING FORM
Due August 7, 2020
Updated Due Date: September 5, 2020
All communities, associations or school districts are strongly encouraged – although not absolutely required – to submit a Meet Hosting Form covering all teams from their community or school district. Our strong preference is that each community submits one unified form for all the boys and girls teams from that community or school district. (We do not expect a parochial school to be included in a community's general submission. For example, we do not expect Rice Lake St. Joseph to be part of the Rice Lake submission, or McDonell Central MAXX to be part of the Chippewa Falls submission.) We realize that in some communities, the boys and girls operate under very different organizational umbrellas and prefer to submit separate forms. Nevertheless, it's easier for two programs in the same community to talk to each other, than to force the League to do so for you.
One of the things we accomplish with this approach is more flexibility on host dates. For example, let's say the boys program in a community is willing to host two meets and the girls program one meet. Each provides us with optional dates they've "reserved." We would expect teams in the same community using the same facilities to switch those reserved dates with each other if it works out best for the League schedule. Communities that do this help immensely to facilitate League efficiency.
Requests for hosting dates will be processed on a first-come, first-served basis. The earlier you submit your Meet Hosting Form, the more likely that you'll get to host on your preferred date. Communities submitting Meet Hosting Forms shortly on or before the August 7 deadline may not receive the choice of date(s) they want to host. For example, let's assume you have a 7th grade girls "A" team and they want to host on December 5, but you don't submit your hosting form until August 7. If, at that time, we've already exceeded the number of meets the League can accommodate on that date, or at least in your area and at your ability level, we will not be able to accommodate your request to host on that date. At that point, you'll either need to come up with an alternate host date that works into the schedule or you'll be unable to host.
Every season, at several grade levels, we have too many or too few communities that want to host. Preferential treatment will be given to those communities that submitted their hosting forms early (along with other considerations, such as the total number of meets hosted by that community relative to meets played). Bottom line: submitting your hosting form on July 10 is better than July 15, and July 25 is better than August 7.
Over the course of the last several years, a few communities cancelled their home basketball meets for various reasons. While we realize that a host may occasionally lose gym space for a totally legitimate reason (e.g., a re-scheduled varsity basketball game due to school closure, a WIAA-sanctioned event that wasn't on the calendar at the beginning of the school year, etc.), cancelling a meet is a very serious problem that affects not only your team, but the players, coaches and fans of many other teams as well. Teams/associations that cancel a home meet will risk losing hosting privileges in succeeding years (see Rule B-2).
2020-2021 TEAM ENROLLMENT FORMS
The deadlines for submitting the Team Enrollment Forms reflect the order in which we prepare the meet schedules for each grade. We will have the schedule for each grade completed approximately 45 days after the registration deadline for that grade. The deadlines for submitting the Team Enrollment Forms for the various grades are as follows:
Team Enrollment Form Revised deadlines:
All boys teams and 6th, 5th and 4th grade girls teams, please remember that, even though your Team Enrollment Forms aren't due until late August through early October, if you intend to host, we still need your Meet Hosting Form by the deadline of August 7. While these teams have more time to register, we appreciate receiving as many early registrations as possible for all grade levels to help facilitate schedule preparation.
If your community wants to host a boys meet, or one for 6th, 5th or 4th grade girls, and you miss the August 7 deadline, we MIGHT – there are no guarantees – be able to accommodate your desire to host if we need the space and if you're able to host on a date that works for the League. However, if you're involved with an 8th or 7th grade girls team, we will actually begin scheduling for those grades by August 30, thereby making a late request to host very difficult, if not impossible, to accommodate.
ENROLLMENT FORMS IN PDF
ENROLLMENT FORMS IN FILLABLE
2020-2021 ROSTER FORM