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Notes from the Executive Director The Community Association Mentality

Dan Klinkhammer Executive Director Wisconsin Sports Services

A former Wisconsin high school standout in the sports of football and basketball, Dan has enjoyed a long career in Sports Administration. After serving a tour in Vietnam he graduated from Winona State University and then went on to take a position as Park and Rec Director for the city of Winona, MN. With experience as an athlete, official, administrator and parent, Dan co-founded the Minnesota Youth Athletic Services in 1991 and later the Wisconsin Sports Services in 2013.

The Club Conundrum If you are involved with traveling baseball, basketball, volleyball or fast pitch softball, you are well aware of the conflicts that exist between community associations and clubs. It’s no secret that the majority of community youth sport associations have a much different philosophy than club organizers. This article is my feeble attempt to address the differences of purpose, the problem, and a potential solution.

In general, most community associations are administered by parent volunteers. Those community associations are dedicated to providing youth sport opportunities to the residents of the specific geographical area that they serve. Some of them provide recreational sport opportunities, some provide traveling youth sport opportunities, and some do both. Furthermore, community associations want ALL of their residents to participate in their youth sport offerings. They don’t really care what their resident youth do during the off-season but they don’t want them leaving their association during their regular sport season to go play club ball elsewhere.

The Club Mentality In general, most club administrators are paid staff. The club administrators will tell you that their main purpose is to provide advanced training and expanded playing opportunities to their club members. Many of the club directors will simply tell you that their focus is to pick up where the community associations leave off. Most clubs do not have any geographic boundaries. In other words, they have unlimited access to any

athlete that is within a reasonable driving distance.

The Problem It would appear that community associations have no problem with clubs, as long as those Clubs don’t recruit kids to play club ball during the traditional association sport season. However, the fur starts flying when the associations start losing their resident kids to clubs that choose to compete with the community associations for the same athletes during the same season.

Both Sides of the Story There isn’t enough space to list ALL of the pros and cons that are offered up by both sides of this issue. So I’ll just list a couple of the major common concerns that we hear on a regular basis. Community associations are consistently telling us that too many of the clubs are all about MONEY. They overcharge and under-deliver. In addition, the community associations want their resident athletes to play together as long as possible, with the hope that the continuity of playing together might help develop better teams in the future.

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Notes from the Executive Director

The club directors are consistently telling us that too many of the community associations do a poor job of conducting their programs, provide poor instruction, and limit playing opportunities. And it’s a common recruiting tactic to suggest that playing club ball is the best way for kids to gain exposure for that elusive college scholarship.

Possible Solutions Guess what? In my opinion, both sides have legitimate points of view. However, let me be very clear in stating that YOU CAN’T PAINT EVERYONE WITH THE SAME BRUSH. Most community associations are doing a great job of conducting their local programs. Others, not so much. A good share of the clubs are providing a valuable and reasonably priced service to their members. Others, not so much.

Solution #1 - In my mind, the simplest solution to this problem is to encourage the clubs to restrict their operations to the associations’ off-season time periods. Let the parent volunteer community associations have their four-month season and the clubs can have the other eight months. Problem solved?

Solution #2 – I would encourage the community associations and the clubs to work together to provide the advanced training that may not be available or provided by the existing association resources. (Example: When I was coaching my kids on the baseball diamond, I had enough baseball knowledge and background to effectively teach kids how to play all of the positions on the field, except for pitching/catching. In my mind, it would have been worth it to pay someone to come in and work with my pitchers/catchers.) Problem solved?

coach and manage an association off-season program as long as they don’t have to recreate the website, database and all the communication tools that have already been created by the association. And if it gets done right, it would not create additional financial burden to the association. Association club teams should charge player fees to cover the cost of their participation. Problem solved? To coin an old adage, there’s more than one way to skin a cat. We all need to take off our blinders and find the method that suits us best. Good luck!

Solution #3 – If the community youth sport associations are tired of the clubs infringing upon their seasons and territory, why not expand your association services to include club ball during the off-season? There are several community associations that have already done just that and I am aware of several others looking at the option. Yes, I fully understand that most associations take the position that their volunteers are already “stressed to the max” but I do believe that there are enough concerned parents/coaches out there – in every association – who would step up and help

Check out more of Dan’s Badger Tracks from past newsletters on wisportsservices.org


BIG YEAR IN 2015! The year 2015 brought a lot of growth and change for the Wisconsin Sports Services (WSS). On top of offering many new programs and services, we have moved into a new office location and expanded our workforce bringing on two new employees that will help carry the WSS to new heights in 2016! New Office Location: 2701 International Lane - Suite 102 Madison, WI 53704 Dan Piehler, a Wausau Native, joined our staff in May 2015 after graduating with his Masters degree in Recreation Management from the University of Wisconsin – La Crosse. Piehler grew up playing different sports while attending Wausau East High School. Prior to WSS, Dan worked at multiple recreation departments throughout the state of Wisconsin working with a variety of youth sports ranging from football to soccer. When he is not working he enjoys playing sports, hunting and fishing and spending time on the lake. Dan has been hired as a Program Coordinator and will be involved in the many programs administered by the WSS. His main focus as a Program Coordinator will be in the sport of basketball.

Dan Piehler Cari Mergen, the newest member of the staff, joined the Wisconsin Sports Services in September 2015. Her primary responsibilities include Office Manager and Program Coordinator for the fastpitch program. She grew up in Southwest Wisconsin playing volleyball and softball for River Ridge High School. During her youth, she participated with community and club fastpitch teams. She ended up earning a fastpitch scholarship with Ellsworth Community College in Iowa Falls, Iowa. Cari moved from Rochester, MN where she was a pitching clinician and an assistant pitching coach in and around the Rochester area. In her free time she loves to play all different type of sports, travel and fish.

Cari Mergen


Dick’s Sporting Goods is now a proud partner of Wisconsin Sports Services! Mark you calendar for the next WSS Dick’s Shop Days on

JULY 30-31, 2016 WSS Shop Days are available at the following locations: Green Bay | Appleton | Oshkosh | Grafton | Wauwatosa | Racine Kenosha | Janesville | West Madison | East Madison | La Crosse


The 2015-2016 Badgerland Super Saver season was a great success this year as we had over 80 different teams around the state participate in WSS tournaments! This year the Badgerland Super Saver series reached four different locations throughout the state including Beaver Dam, La Crosse, Plymouth and Chippewa Falls. Tournament winners range all the way from Winona, Holmen and Aquinas to the far east side of the state including Bay Port, Ashwaubenon, and Appleton. In 2016-2017, WSS will be expanding to even more different tournament locations as we continue to build on the previous success from last season. Tournaments will begin in late November and last until early February holding competitive divisions for both girls and boys. Super Savers are an excellent way for teams to participate in a competitive environment while parents don’t have to commit to spending their whole weekend in the gym.

Visit www.wisportsservices.org to get your team registered for a Badgerland Super Saver tournament that fits into your schedule. Hard copy and online registration will be available in September of 2016 for the 2016-2017 basketball season. We look forward to seeing all of your teams in the gym during the 2016-2017 season.

WHAT ARE SUPER SAVERS? 

Three Game Guarantee

Quick One-Day Tournaments

Flexible Scheduling

WIAA Certified Officials

Affordable

www.wisportsservices.org/supersavers


The 2016 Badgerland State Championships boasted significant growth in it’s third year with over 200 teams participating over two weekends in March from every corner of the state. Tournament locations included Appleton, La Crosse, Stoughton, Milwaukee, Menomonee Falls and Ripon. From the Seeding Process to Player Bag Tags to All-Tournament teams, the Badgerland State Champs has become the Crown Jewel of the WSS Basketball Program.

WE ARE ALREADY LOOKING FORWARD TO NEXT YEAR!

GIRLS

BOYS

4th Grade

1st 2nd

Green Bay Notre Dame Milton

4th Grade

1st Pewaukee 2nd Muskego

5th Grade

1st 2nd

Sun Prairie Appleton North

5th Grade

1st Kimberly 2nd La Crosse Central

6th Grade Tier I

1st 2nd

Hortonville Kimberly

6th Grade Tier I

1st Kimberly 2nd Pewaukee

6th Grade Tier II

1st 2nd

New Berlin Eisenhower Kiel

6th Grade Tier II

1st Monona Grove 2nd Xavier

7th Grade Tier I

1st 2nd

Franklin Green Bay Preble

7th Grade Tier I

1st Kimberly 2nd Brookfield Central

7th Grade Tier II

1st 2nd

Unity Holmen Maroon

7th Grade Tier II

1st Appleton North 2nd Green Bay Preble

8th Grade Tier I

1st 2nd

Beaver Dam Madison Memorial

7th Grade Tier III

1st Mukwonago 2nd Fox Valley Lutheran

8th Grade Tier II

1st 2nd

Muskego Newman Catholic

8th Grade Tier I

1st Onalaska 2nd Neenah

8th Grade Tier II

1st Sun Prairie Red 2nd Verona


We are excited to announce that the WSS have partnered with the MACC Fund (Midwest Athletes Against Childhood Cancer) to help fight against the ongoing battle against childhood cancer in Wisconsin. Founded in 1976, Midwest Athletes Against Childhood Cancer, Inc. (the MACC Fund) is dedicated to funding childhood cancer and related blood disorder research. For more information or to see how you can join us in the battle against Childhood Cancer visit the MACC fund's website at: http://www.maccfund.org/

1st ANNUAL “HOOPS FOR HOPE” MAY 14, 2016 Boys & Girls Divisions 12U-17U

ENTRY FEE: $225 Contact: Dan Piehler 608-210-1710 danp@wisportsservices.org

WAYLAND ACADEMY - BEAVER DAM, WI


JUNE 10-12, 2016 Lace up and get your game on for some the Bergstrom Volkswagen of Oshkosh 3-on-3 tournament play throughout the festival weekend! Saturday, June 11 and Sunday, June 12 offers youth and adult games starting at 9 a.m. Everyone who participates will receive a t-shirt along with first and second place teams will receive prizes compliments of NVscreenprinting.com.

JUNE 18-19, 2016 Join us for the 3rd Annual Badgerland Summer Championships at the Badger State Games in Wausau, WI! This is the third year of this event held at Greenheck Fieldhouse in D.C. Everest High School. Youth and Adult Divisions offered - Officiated Games

REGISTRATION AVAILABLE NOW!


Initial three-year membership includes:

Standard Rate: $35/coach

50 or more $30/coach 150 or more $27.50/coach 300 or more $25/coach

Trusted Coaches offers a full suite of tools to allow organizations to manage their coaches.

Coaches receive a Trusted Coaches Card and access to valuable information in the Coaches Resource Center.

Parents can search and find their coaches on the National Coaches Registry.

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John

Blaine

Minnesota

OCT 16 2015

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Seth

Madison

Wisconsin

NOV 23 2015

Nelson

Suzanne

New Orleans

Louisiana

JAN 4 2016

View Completion Dates

Invite Coaches

Renew Memberships

View Background Check Status

OPTIONAL Trusted Coaches is offering annual Background Checks for second and third year members.

Help make parents aware that your organization goes the extra mile for their youth athletes.

Comprehensive

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The Background Check also features the Peak Performance Series videos as continuing education for coaches.

Cost-Effective

Credible

Confident

General Info/Sales

Tech Support

763-746-1719

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Late in 2015, the Wisconsin Sports Services assumed the duties of the USSSA Fastpitch program in Wisconsin from former State Director John Roth. Mr. Roth has done a terrific job growing the USSSA game in Wisconsin and we are excited to continue that positive trend by utilizing the resources we have available.

USSSA Contacts State Director: Asst. Director: State UIC: Roster Manager:

Lance Klinkhammer Cari Mergen Perry Kottke Dan Sweet

608-210-1710 608-210-1710

lance@wisportsservices.org cari@wisportsservices.org pkottke@ronin-wi.net philliesfan1@att.net

2016 USSSA Tournaments DATE

EVENT

LOCATION

CLASS

AGE LEVELS

CONTACT

May 28-30

Xplozion Memorial Madness

Columbus

Open

8U, 10U, 12U, 14U

Scott Mack

June 4-5

Little Amerika Open

Marshall

Open

10U, 11U, 12U, 14U, 16U

June 10-12

Live the Dream Tournament

Sheboygan

Open

12U, 13U, 14U, 16U, 17U

June 11-12

New Berlin Summer Heat

New Berlin

Open

10U, 12U, 14U

June 17-19

Live the Dream Tournament

Green Bay

Open

11U, 12U, 13U, 14U, 16U, 17U

June 24-26

Wisconsin Class B State Championships

Fitchburg

B

10U, 12U, 14U, 16U, 17U

July 8-10

Wisconsin Open State Championships

Open

8U, 10U, 11U, 12U, 13U, 14U, 16U, 17U

Columbus

macadu@charter.net

John Roth jroth@ezshirtz.com

Marcello Falcone tourdir@alloutsportsmkt.com

Jason Prei nbsummerheat@hotmail.com

Marcello Falcone tourdir@alloutsportsmkt.com

Lance Klinkhammer lance@wisportsservices.org

John Roth jroth@ezshirtz.com


Join us for some baseball this Summer!

Spring Warm-Up - One-Day Tournaments 3-Game Guarantee

DATE

LOCATION

AGE LEVELS

REGISTRATION

May 7

Marshall

10U, 11U

Entry Form

May 14

Galesville

10U, 11U, 12U, 14U

Entry Form

DATE

LOCATION

AGE LEVELS

REGISTRATION

June 4-5

Watertown

9U-14U

FULL

DATE

LOCATION

AGE LEVELS

REGISTRATION

June 25-26

Eau Claire

13AAA & 13AA

Entry Form

DATE

LOCATION

AGE LEVEL

REGISTRATION

July 22-24

Waupun

9U

Entry Form

July 22-24

Kaukauna

10U

Entry Form

July 22-24

Milwaukee

11U

Entry Form

July 22-24

Oconomowoc

12U

Entry Form

July 22-24

Marshall

13U

Entry Form

July 22-24

Kaukauna

14U

Entry Form

Multiple Age Levels - WIAA Umpires Draws some of the best teams in the state

Tournament held in memory of Phil Isaksson, former Eau Claire North/Minnesota Gophers pitcher, who was taken too soon by brain cancer.

The CROWN JEWEL of Wisconsin Baseball Tournaments! Held every July, teams from multiple states come to challenge for the right to claim the Ring. Every player on the championship team will receive their custom Jostens ring on the field at Miller Park before a Brewers game in September 2016.


Baseball/Fastpitch Leagues

We are excited to begin the second year of the Greater Madison Metro Fastpitch League! The GMMFL is comprised of club and community-based teams in the South Central region of the State. The league was developed to offer a high level of competition between weekend tournaments.

Our leagues offer: 

Full Stats and Standings

Online Rosters

One-Click Communication

Interactive Schedules

First Year of the Rock River Junior League Kicks Off! The WSS is offering a new youth baseball league for the 2016 season. This 12U league is looking to grow in the future and also features a Fall League for multiple age divisions.

2016 Teams:  Beaver Dam Waupun

Marshall

Fort Atkinson

Jefferson

Lake Mills

Watertown

Columbus


We are always looking for ways to help the youth sports community stay connected. Check out some of the services offer on the WSS website! Looking for Tournaments? Want to advertise your organization’s event? The Tournament Index has you covered.

OVER 250 Tournaments currently listed for 2016! Looking for a player to round out your roster? Looking for a team to play on? Free Agency Central has it all.

Match.com for Fastpitch teams and players.

Spread the word about your tryouts with the Tryout Index.

Available to every organization.


Waterloo

Brookings

La Crosse Monticello

Midwest Wrestling Tour – Season in Review The Midwest Wrestling Tour (MWT) encompassed the Gopher State Nationals, the Badgerland Nationals, Hawkeye Nationals and the inaugural Jackrabbit Nationals showcased the phenomenal youth wrestling that the Upper Midwest has to offer. Highlighting the Tour is the prized MWT Belt, which will be presented to wrestlers who place 1st-6th at 3 of the 4 MWT events. The 2015-16 season of the Midwest Wrestling Tour (MWT) has come to an end. Listed below are some highlights from the past season. 

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The 2015-16 season was comprised of four (4) events: - Hawkeye Nationals - Young Arena - Waterloo, IA - Jackrabbit Nationals - Frost Arena - Brookings, SD - Badgerland Nationals - UW-La Crosse - La Crosse, WI - Gopher State Nationals - Monticello H.S. - Monticello, MN Wrestlers from 20 different states competed in the 2015-16 MWT events. A total of 202 wrestlers earned the coveted MWT Belt. A total of 252 singlets were awarded to the champions at all three of the MWT events. Every match at each of the MWT events were streamed live via Trackcast. The Badgerland Nationals was featured on a local television newscast in La Crosse, WI. The Jackrabbit Nationals drew 500 wrestlers in just the first year The 2016 Hawkeye Nationals tournament had 70 more wrestlers participate than the previous year. Gopher State drew 1000+ wrestlers as it consistently does. We have built some great momentum as we begin to plan for the 2016-17 season.

Belt Winners

202

All-Americans

20

Hall of Fame

10

A big thank you goes out to everyone who helped make the 2015-16 MWT a great success. Please visit the new Midwest Wrestling Tour website for more information, tournament results and photos. You may also contact Jeremy Innes at 763-746-1720 or jeremy@myas.org.


MATHY CENTER

GRIZZ SPORTS

STOUGHTON SEA

HIGHER LEVEL CAMPS

VALLEY TROPHY

JOSTENS

RIPON COLLEGE

MILWAUKEE BREWERS

BOYS AND GIRLS CLUB OF GREATER

HOLMEN PARK AND RECREATION

LA CROSSE

ONALASKA PARK AND RECREATION

FOX VALLEY LUTHERAN HIGH SCHOOL

UW-LA CROSSE VARSITY WRESTLING

FOX CITY CVB

HOLMEN VIKINGS WRESTLING CLUB

MILWAUKEE BUCKS

CHIPPEWA-FALLS MCDONELL HIGH SCHOOL

MADISON AREA SPORTS COMMISSION

MENOMOMEE FALLS HIGH SCHOOL

TRUSTED COACHES

VINCENT HIGH SCHOOL

BROOKFIELD SUITES

WAYLAND ACADEMY

BEST WESTERN - LA CROSSE

LAKELAND COLLEGE

HAMPTON INN SUITES - LA CROSSE

SKILLZY’S

HAMPTON INN - ONALASKA

FOND DU LAC FESTIVALS

SETTLE INN - LA CROSSE

JEMHEDZ

DAYS INN HOTEL - LA CROSSE

EZ SHIRTS

SHERATON - BROOKFIELD

BADGER STATE GAME

RADISSON HOTEL - MENOMONEE FALLS

SIGNATURE CONCEPTS

HOLIDAY INN - FOND DU LAC

COUNTRY INN & SUITES - APPLETON

HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS - FOND DU LAC

FAIRFIELD INN - APPLETON

COUNTRY INN & SUITES - FOND DU LAC

GRANDSTAY HOTEL & SUITES - APPLETON

DAYS INN & SUITES - MADISON

LA QUINTA INN - APPLETON

SLEEP-IN & SUITES - MADISON

HOLIDAY INN - APPLETON

SHERATON - MADISON

STAYBRIDGE SUITES - MADISON

BOARDERS INN & SUITES - WAUPUN

GRANDSTAY - MADISON

COMFORT INN - MADISON

COMFORT INN - MADISON

AMERICINN - WAUPUN

OLYMPIA RESORT - OCONOMOWOC

AMERICAN LODGE & SUITES - APPLETON

CLASRION INN & SUITES - MADISON

DAYS INN - NEENAH

BEST WESTERN - MADISON FAIRFIELD INN - MADISON


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WSS STAFF Dan Klinkhammer Executive Director

Adam Klinkhammer Associate Director

Lance Klinkhammer Associate Director

Brian Meeter Marketing Director

Jake Wenzel Program Coordinator

The Wisconsin Sports Services (WSS) is an extension of the Minnesota Youth Athletic Services (MYAS), a 501c(3) non-profit organization created to serve the youth and adult sports populations existing in Minnesota and Wisconsin.

The organizations hold their non-profit status based on an educational foundation. Both the WSS and MYAS offer educational programs for coaches, umpires, referees, players and parents. The athletic programs are the ‘lifeblood' of the organizations where the educational programs provide the 'skeletal structure'. In just under three years of operation, we have created programs in the sports of youth basketball, youth baseball, youth fast pitch, youth wrestling and adult slow pitch. All events ran by the MYAS and WSS are 'hosted' by a local sports group that shares in the revenues created by the event. Every event is essentially a fundraiser for the local sports groups in the communities of Wisconsin.

Dan Piehler Program Coordinator

Cari Mergen Office Manager

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