Winter in Wisconsin can be an unpredictable time of year for playing basketball. While it appears that the forecast for Saturday is promising, we thought a few reminders would be appropriate:
1) SWBL does not mandate or encourage any athlete or family to take unnecessary risks in travel. Error on the side of safety.
2) SWBL encourages the host schools to NOT call off the event, but rather let those teams traveling make independent decisions on whether they can attend. This is especially true in calling off an event due to a 'forecast' of bad weather the day prior to an event.
3) Host schools have the freedom to make adjustments to the schedule is one or more teams can not make the event, due to weather.
4) Host schools have the freedom to make adjustments to the length of games, should the tournament start late, due to weather (ie 2 hour late start).
5) Host CL's can access coaches' contact information by logging into www.swblonline.com and clicking on "Manage My Events." Find the event in question and click on the coach's name. Be sure that pop-ups are not disabled on your browser and a pop-up will appear with the coach's contact information.
6) Coach's of teams should be sure to notify the Host School if they are not going to be in attendance, or will be late to the event, due to weather related issues.
7) Coaches can find Host School Contact information by going to www.swblonline.com and clicking on TEAMS on the gold bar. Choose the host district from the pull down menu and in the light blue box, the Community Liaison (with contact information) will appear.
8) Finally remember that if the above procedures are followed, SWBL has a policy of all schools paying their entry fees in weather cancelled events. Also remember that our host schools will still receive their hosting income in these situations. This policy is in place to protect ALL of our host schools. There is a great deal of time and effort needed to prepare for hosting an event from finding officials and scorekeepers, to setting up parent worker schedules, to printing off copies, to getting concessions. When bad weather hits, those schools are already losing out on income from admissions and concessions, so we feel that that most fair thing is to give them their hosting credits--and therefore charging schools as well. While it is unfortunate to pay when you can't play, know that when your school hosts, they too, will benefit from this policy in inclement weather situations.
Good luck and we hope everyone uses good judgement in their decision making.