First of all, I want to thank the coaches who volunteered their time this year, without whom we would not be able to field a league with more than 200 players. If you have not already done so, I would urge you to do likewise. It's a lot of personal time these coaches give to your son or daughter, including practices and games. Special thanks as well to Gary Hopper, the "father" of CYBL, for continuing to run the Saturday morning clinics for K-2nd graders.
This is my fourth year doing CYBL. I think this was by far the best year since I began to try and fill Gary's shoes. The games were fun, the kids had a good time, the coaches were very positive with the kids, and the parent spectators were awesome as well. In fact, there were only a few incidents all year that called for special attention.
Thinking ahead to next year, I thought I'd let you know what we're planning:
- Separate girls league for 6th-8th graders, as well as exceptional 5th graders. This is long overdue. I hope we will inspire more girls to participate and provide our female athletes with a better opportunity to stand out. We'll have to see how many girls we get before knowing exactly what we'll do. Girls who do not wish to play in the Girls' League or who are less experienced, will continue to participate with the boys.
- We're going to start earlier next year with practices so we can have more games. Teams will practice the month of December and the beginning of January before we start games in mid-January.
- We will still conclude at the end of February
Again, many thanks for helping to make this season such a success.