Why are we renting a space vs. using Whitefish Bay school gyms?
The reality is that we are incredibly limited on gym space in the District, and despite repeated attempts to gain better access to WFB gyms, we're behind both the school and the Rec Department in priority. In addition, we tend to compete with other community-based and non-community-based programs, further limiting access. Oftentimes we are bumped for other programs and events, and find ourselves canceling and/or scrambling to find more space. Also keep in mind, we were already renting space from several neighboring school districts and churches to round out or schedule.
Why would we pay to rent space when we can use the WFB school facilities?
Unlike many community-based clubs, the use of WFB gym space was never free of charge to the Jr Dukes. In fact, in 2019 our two clubs paid approximately $30,000 to rent gym space from our district, the Bayside school district and the Jewish Day School. Furthermore, the quality of some of the WFB facilities is not conducive to player development.
We are the Whitefish Bay Jr Dukes, shouldn’t we practice where we live?
Jr Dukes Baseball, Softball, and other select clubs have long been practicing in locations outside of our Village boundaries. From the farthest point in WFB, the Warehouse facility in Glendale is only 5.5 miles (about a 15 minute drive). Additionally, this facility will allow us to make the space our own - a true home for WFB Jr. Dukes.
What do the Varsity Head Coaches think of this decision?
Both Jon Schneider (girls) and John Ricciardi (boys) have been part of the decision-making process and are fully supportive of our plans for the Glendale facility. We've shared The Warehouse with their teams and players over the past year, and intend to do so in the years ahead.
Won’t we still have to rent space in the WFB school gyms?
Yes, but only on a very limited basis. For example, 7th and 8th grade teams will likely have some practices in the High School Field House.
Do we have enough money to pay for the planned improvements?
We have enough in savings across the Boys and Girls programs to complete some of the improvements. With the help of the community (sponsors, supporters, families, local businesses) we are confident in our ability to quickly raise the additional funds needed, and complete all the improvements prior to the start of the 2021-2022 season.