Background, Structure, Team Selection
Process and Player Eligibility
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State Invitational Championship Tournament ("WSICT") is an
annual event for 5th through 8th grade
teams, played between mid-February and mid-April, with the event
for each grade on one weekend (Saturday and Sunday), with
different dates and locations for each grade.
All teams invited to the WSICT for the first time are
extended oral invitations (over the phone) in the fall and
winter preceding the next spring's events.
Teams that have played in, and were competitive in, the
event the previous year, and are in compliance with all
tournament rules regarding All Tournament Team ballots,
liability waivers, eligibility requirements, etc., are extended
written invitations in late September or early October preceding
the WSICT tournaments the next spring.
For the teams that do not qualify (either because they
aren't sufficiently strong or are not true high school feeder
teams as provided for by our eligibility rules), this posting
will hopefully help coaches understand the selection process
before contacting us about entering the tournament.
For those teams that are very competitive and are
single-school district feeder teams, this posting will answer
some basic questions and assist in streamlining the application
History of Tournament
was first organized in 2001 by The Great Northwest Basketball
League ("GNBL"). Our
motivation in starting the tournament was to provide an
opportunity for the best teams in the area covered by the GNBL
(northern, western and central Wisconsin) to have the
opportunity to play the best teams from the rest of the state.
The 2013 WSICT to be held in the spring of 2013 will be
our 13th annual tournament.
The size of the field has grown from 215 total teams in
six grades (6th, 7th and 8th
grade boys and girls) in 2001, or about 36 teams per grade, to
about 700 teams in 2013 for eight grades (5th, 6th,
7th and 8th grade boys and girls).
The field each year for 8th grade boys and 8th
grade girls is about 100 teams per grade.
The fields each year for grades 6 and 7 are usually
somewhere in the mid 80s to low 90s (teams per grade).
The two 5th grade tournaments are somewhat
smaller not because of less interest but because it is more
difficult for us to identify the best teams in the state at this
younger age level, so we end up inviting fewer teams.
Our target field size for the 2013 fifth grade
tournaments are between 72 and 76 teams per grade/gender.
Results of all eight 2012 WSICTs can be viewed on this
website by clicking "Wisconsin State Invitational Championship
score of every pool and play-off game is listed, as well as the
All Tournament Team in each division.
Scoring information and All Tournament Team selections
can also be viewed for previous WSICTs by clicking on "WSICT
Each team at
the WSICT plays no less than six games no more than seven
games in a two-day event (Saturday and Sunday only; there are
no Friday games).
All WSICTs are held somewhere in central Wisconsin.
The field in each grade is divided into four divisions.
We have tried, in the past, to track with the five WIAA
divisions and have the same number of divisions in the WSICT as
well. However, at
most previous WSICTs, there has been competition at one less
division than in the WIAA, because we have been unsuccessful
attracting a sufficient number of competitive Division 5
(previously Division 4) programs.
When that has happened, we have organized four divisions:
Division 1, 2 and 3, tracking directly with the WIAA
parameters on school size, and a combined Division 4/5 field.
We occasionally will move a team down or up one division
(we only do that with a team's permission) in order to get a
manageable number of teams in each division for pooling
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
Dates and Locations of 2013 Events
The dates and
locations of the eight 2013 WSICTs are listed below:
8th grade boys, March 23 and 24, 2013, in Stevens Point (Divisions 2, 3
and 4/5 teams) and Marshfield (Division 1).
7th grade boys, March 16 and 17, 2013, in La
6th grade boys, April 13 and 14, 2013, at De
Pere, West De Pere, Ashwaubenon
grade boys, April 6 and 7, 2013, at Kimberly
and Appleton North.
8th grade girls, April 6 and 7, 2013, in Stevens
Point (Divisions 1, 3 and 4/5 teams) and Schofield (Division
7th grade girls, April 13 and 14, 2013, co-hosted
by D. C. Everest (Schofield)
Wausau East and Marathon.
6th grade girls, March 23 and 24, 2013, co-hosted
by Merrill, Wausau West and
5th grade girls, February 16 and 17, 2013, at
Neenah, Appleton East and
The most often
asked question by coaches is:
what do I need to do to demonstrate that my team is
strong enough to play in this tournament?
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
private schools (which have no territorial districts) are
welcome to participate in the WSICT, the eligibility
requirements for non-public schools in this tournament are as
stringent as those for public school, with all players required
to attend a feeder school of the same denomination or
affiliation within the high school's geographic drawing area.
We also 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
an older sibling attends or attended a particular high school,
or 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 2013-2014).
For a very detailed discussion of tournament player eligibility
requirements, see WSICT Rule 12, which can be accessed on this
website by clicking on "2013 WSICT Rules."
We also encourage coaches who anticipate that they want
to apply for entry into the 2013 WSICT to read all the rules,
especially those relating to game situations.
which teams to invite to the WSICT, tournament organizers spend
a great deal of time researching the strength of potential
Monitoring traveling league website results and standings.
Most of the larger traveling leagues in the state
(e.g., The Great Northwest, Tri-County, YGSBL, WYBL, etc.)
maintain websites that post standings and/or game results.
We monitor these on a weekly basis during the
For older grades (i.e., 6th, 7th
and 8th), we will also take a look at last
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 e-mailing us
firstname.lastname@example.org and we will check it out.
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.
Recommendations from alum coaches.
The coaches of the 700 teams that attended one of the
2012 WSICTs were asked to complete a form recommending younger
teams (last season's 4th grade) from their community,
that they feel would be sufficiently strong to play in the 2013
WSICT. That form
also asked them to recommend teams from their grade, or other
grades, from different communities.
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
Peer coaches. Every
time we invite a new team to one of the WSICTs, particularly for
the incoming 5th grade teams, we ask him/her to
identify the six or seven best teams he/she saw last season or
this season. Once we
hear about a team for the second or third time from peer
coaches, we add that team's coach to our call list.
follow the process outlined in the three bullets below are
welcome to initiate the enrollment process.
Such overtures should be directed to Jerry Engeleiter at
715-549-6161 or via e-mail at
If you call or e-mail, do not do so until you are
prepared for the following:
One of the team's coaches (not a parent, scheduler or team manager)
must call initially so we can ask questions about opposing teams
If sending an e-mail, or leaving a voice mail, identify the
specific public high school or private high school into which
your youth team feeds.
If you say you are from the Milwaukee "area," or you are
from "Green Bay" or "Madison," (when we don't know which of the
numerous high schools in those communities your team feeds
into), we will not respond.
If you coach a 6th, 7th or 8th
grade team, look at the 2012 State Tournament results for your
grade level and be prepared to discuss which of those tournament
participants you played last season and how you did.
If you coach any grade (including 5th) and you
contact us after the 2012-2013 season has started, also be
prepared to discuss game results against the best teams you
played this season.
process for the 2013 WSICTs will work as follows:
Teams that played in the 5th, 6th or 7th
grade WSICT for their gender in 2012 and who did not lose
multiple games in their tournament by large margins (20 points
plus), will receive an enrollment packet in the mail in late
September or early October.
Teams that finished in approximately the top 75% of the
preceding season's field are guaranteed a spot for the 2013
WSICT, provided they've met all eligibility and other tournament
requirements (i.e., submission of properly completed
All-Tournament Team Ballots, completion of Liability Waivers for
all players, etc.).
Teams that finished in the approximately bottom 25% of the
previous year's field will compete for the remaining spots in
the 2013 field with new teams that are applying in 2013.
Where new teams to the field can show that they are
decidedly stronger than the bottom 25% of the previous season's
field the new team will be added to the field.
However, where the newly-applying team is not apparently
stronger than a lower-finishing team from 2012, the team that
played in the 2012 tournament will get preferential treatment.
Teams from eastern, southern or south central Wisconsin that were
not invited to a 2012 WSICT, whether we invite them for 2013, or
they contact us to initiate the application process as described
above, will be sent enrollment packets if the coach makes a
compelling case for their level of competiveness.
If that contact happens after October 15, 2012, packets
will be mailed the day after that conversation.
If the contact happens before October 15, 2012, the
packet will be mailed at the same time as it is sent to teams
that attended in 2012.
See the previous bullet for a discussion of how
enrollment applications from newly-applying teams are considered
relative to returning teams.
For 5th grade teams, where there are no
returning teams, obviously this comparison process is
Teams that were invited to a previous WSICT (2010, 2011 or 2012)
and declined, or didnt respond to the invitation, will in most
cases not be sent an enrollment packet for 2013 unless the coach
of that team first calls us (the enrollment packets are
voluminous and there is no reason to send one unless previous
interest has been shown).
Teams that have declined a previous invitation can
contact us as described above.
See the first bullet of this section for a discussion of
how enrollment applications from newly-applying teams are
considered relative to returning teams.
If you coach an "excellent" or "very good" team that
declined a previous invitation, getting into the field on a
second-chance basis, shouldn't be that difficult.
However, teams that are "good" (as compared to "very
good" or "excellent"), but would likely not have finished in the
top 75% of their division's field at last spring's WSICT, will
find it more difficult to get into the field, because in those
cases preferential treatment will be given to teams that played
in 2012 and to those that didn't previously decline an
GNBL teams (note: if
your community's teams are not in the area covered by the GNBL,
this bullet does NOT apply to you).
Teams in communities from northern, western and central
Wisconsin that are located in the area covered by the GNBL, must
play at least three dates in the GNBL to represent the GNBL at
GNBL teams that play in the 6th, 7th or 8th
grade League Championship Tournament ("LCT") and do well
relative to their school size, will be accepted into the WSICT
field. Those that do
poorly at the LCT, will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis
(e.g., finishing 25th at the LCT may be an acceptable
showing for a Division 4/5 community, but not necessarily for a
Division 1 community).
GNBL teams that decline to play in the LCT, will not be
included in the WSICT field.
GNBL teams that were not invited to the LCT because they
either did not play in the League in 2011-2012, or were not
ranked in the Top 32, can still prove that they are strong
enough to be considered for the WSICT, but that decision will be
based entirely on 2012-2013 GNBL performance.
GNBL 5th grade teams that register as an "A"
or "B+" team, will be contacted once scheduling has been
completed for that grade, but with a proviso that ultimate
acceptance into the field will be based on actual performance at
the A/B+ level. GNBL
5th grade teams that register at the "B" level or
below, will not automatically receive a WSICT enrollment packet,
but their results will be monitored throughout the season and an
invitation extended later where game results warrant.
We will use the
following timeline for sending acceptance memos to teams that
will be included in the 2013 fields:
December 23, 2012:
Acceptance memos will be mailed to all those teams that
played in the 2012 WSICT, have submitted an enrollment form and
that finished in approximately the top 75% of their division at
the 2012 WSICT. Due
to the early timing of those events, all 5th grade
girls applications that have been received will also be acted on
during this time frame.
December 31, 2012:
Acceptance memos will be mailed to all those teams that
not been invited to a previous WSICT (2010, 2011 or 2012), have
submitted a completed 2013 enrollment form and are clearly
strong enough to compete with the top 75% of the field at their
January 2 15,
Acceptance memos will be sent to all previously-invited
teams that did not play in the 2012 WSICT, but have been
accepted for 2013.
Acceptance memos will also be sent to all teams that finished in
the approximately bottom 25% of their field at the 2012 WSICT,
and have been accepted for 2013.
Teams that played at the 2012 WSICT, but did not make the
2013 field, will receive a phone call from tournament
organizers; we will likewise call similarly-affected new
invitees during this time frame.
Teams that were invited previously, declined to come or
did not respond, and who did not make the field in 2013, will
receive an e-mail during this timeline.
teams that submit their enrollment applications after
January 1, 2013, will be responded to within ten days
after receipt, with teams added to the field on a case-by-case
basis, until full capacity is reached at each grade level.