Dear League Members,
We have been hearing from some of you about the inordinate number of byes this season. We understand and share your concerns. Please allow an explanation. The Tucson Basketball League has been in several venues over the years, but this is by far the best. Great courts, good lighting, controlled temperature. (For those of you who endured the brutal summers and bitter winters at Green Fields, you will concur on that last point.) However, the venue is a business enterprise and must deal with a varied clientele. As many of you know, on any given Sunday, there will be the TBL on two courts, club volleyball, individualized instruction, birthday parties, and (ugh!) club basketball. It's a tough juggling act.
Every now and then they will host a one- or two-day (soul-sucking) youth tournament. I really don't know what's up with parents these days; I'm stunned at what they are willing to pay for. The thing last week was unbelievable. Apparently, some guy rented out our venue, the Rec at the UA, and a couple other gyms for this statewide vicarious-parent extravaganza.
This season has been especially brutal. We started on January 7th and then the venue was closed for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day weekend the following Sunday. If we had known that, we would have started the season on January 21st and not had that early break. (Next year, MLK Day is on January 21st, so we'll start on the 6th and have two weeks of games before the MLK break.) A couple weeks later, there was Super Bowl Sunday. Then there was a youth tournament and then another. Explaining that it wasn't actually a bye but rather a matter of gym unavailability doesn't really help. Please know that we get in as many team as possible each week.
Part of the problem is that we're the new kids on the block. We're only in our second year at the venue, so all of those club teams and tournaments that were here before us get preferential treatment. We are trying to see to it that, on tournament days, maybe we can have one court all day and multiples at night.
The Winter season (January-April) is clearly the most crowded for the venue. There may be just one tournament during the summer and, in late October, the volleyball clubs have their cattle call...uh, tryouts.
We sincerely appreciate your patience and understand your frustration. We will continue to try to make this an enjoyable and rewarding experience. Thank you.