As our reputation on the national exposure scene grows, we continue to receive inquiries about becoming a "sponsored club." Our main concern is sponsorship can limit players' exposure opportunities, by requiring a club to attend a minimum number of events put on by the sponsor, regardless of the number of college coaches and scouts attracted.
Starting in 2013, the NCAA reduced summer exposure play dates from 20 days to 14 days. The 30% reduction in dates means some sponsored clubs will be able to attend only their sponsor's events. Unfortunately, some "shoe brand" clubs are sponsored by tournament organizers who only license the name. If the organizer does not attract a decent number of college coaches, the sponsorship means little.
We believe there are benefits to be derived from certain sponsorship arrangements, and we will continue to evaluate sponsorship opportunities as they are presented. However, we will only move forward with sponsorship agreements if they enable us to maintain the highly competitive schedules we have traditionally maintained.
The main goal of the Wisconsin Lakers is to provide a basketball experience that is competitive and competitively priced. Except for travel expenses, our upfront fees are all you should expect to pay.
Historically, the Lakers are one of the lowest cost clubs in the Metro Milwaukee Area. Our upfront fees include coaching, coaches' travel expense, practice facilities, and uniform rental. The Wisconsin Lakers do not mandate, ask, or "recommend" that players purchase uniforms, bags, shoes, warmups, or other "spirit" apparel costing up to $200 or more at other clubs. We do offer spiritwear, but spiritwear purchase is completely voluntary.
2014 will mark the 18th season the Wisconsin Lakers will be providing affordable, competitive club basketball opportunities to youth and high school players in Wisconsin and the Midwest.
The future of the Lakers resides in our Youth Program. We have solidified our position as Wisconsin's leader in youth player development with the appointment of several established youth coaches, as well as former players to our youth coaching positions.
The Wisconsin Lakers were established in 1997 with the goal of providing affordable, competitive club basketball opportunities to youth and high school players. The Lakers are based out of Waukesha County, Wisconsin, in Milwaukee's western suburbs.
The Lakers National High School Travel Teams have become a force on the elite, national-level college exposure scene, and they attract players from around Wisconsin and the Midwest. Laker players have gone on to compete in college at both NCAA and NAIA levels. A list of those players and our Lakers Hall of Fame can be found HERE.
In 2013 the Lakers fielded over 20 teams from 4th grade through High School. The Lakers host two summer tournaments the first and third weekends in June in the Waukesha area. In 2011, our Lakers Classic hosted 117 teams from all over the Midwest.