WYSL Spring 2014 Preliminary Seedings

The Preliminary Seedings for the WYSL’s Spring 2014 season are complete.  We want to thank all Club Officials, Team Coaches and Managers who diligently filled out the On-line Application and Seedings Request Forms.  The accuracy of our work is dependent on the input we receive.  If you did not fill out a form, our information is incomplete and is more likely to result in an error in seeding your team.

We spent a great deal of time in this process, but could not satisfy all requests or desires.  The process is imprecise and many judgment calls are required to best balance the division pairings.  We try to reward teams which do well in a division. We try to divide the teams in each age group into divisions of even numbers of teams in order to avoid having weekly "byes" and "make-ups" which complicate the schedule.

We have restricted most first divisions to six teams and the sizes of the divisions in many age groups have changed. As a result, some teams will be in a “higher” or “lower” division than you might expect.  When reviewing your seeding, please be aware of this.  Look to see WHO you are seeded with, not what division you are in.

We will make changes to the Preliminary Seedings if a team can make a legitimate case.  The four items listed below are necessary to have a change request considered:

  1. The change request must be in writing, BY EMAIL, to EVERY member of the Seeding Committee, Julian DiDonato and Lee D’Argenio.  Our email addresses are listed below.
  2. The change request MUST INCLUDE the “other side of the trade.”  In other words, you must tell us the swap for your requested move, i.e. who should drop down (if you want to move up) or who should move up (if you want to drop down).  A request to move without a suggested trade does not offer us much information and will likely be rejected.  Do your homework and we’ll listen.
  3. The change you request must be compelling.  There must be a good reason to make the change.
  4. The change request must be RECEIVED by all of us by 4:00 PM on Wednesday, February 12th.  This gives you nearly a full week to review and respond if desired.

If any of these items are not included, we will likely NOT consider the change request.  Sorry if this seems unreasonable but we know from past experience that seedings change requests must be very specific.

We ask each Club President to circulate these Preliminary Seedings to all their coaches.  We will finalize the seedings by Friday, February 14th, after hearing back from the Clubs.  Thereafter, Terry Benson, our League Scheduler, will begin his magic to get out a Preliminary Schedule.


Thanks again for your diligent effort in the seeding process.

WYSL Seedings Committee:

Lavon Von Redden, Chairman – vonredden@gmail.com

Graham Smith -- wba59@aol.com

Jason Kahan – jkgnyc@mac.com

Dominick DeRocco -- droc65@aol.com


League Officials:   Julian DiDonato, President – juliandidonato@gmail.com
Lee D'Argenio, Registrar – ldargenio@wyslsoccer.org