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32-1-4 in white AKA town kids.
SSK just could not get it done again in parity.
They were discussing whether the 03 Kings belongs in white or black. Obviously they belong in the black considering their stats. My kids team played in the white division and I am comfortable admitting the Kings were in the wrong division.
I have to agree with determining placement based on parity only. I know in the division there are some teams that may be bumped down from back to white and some teams that may come up to black from white that make you question how it's done. At least one of the Black teams from last year should not have to move down to white and how will those white teams perform if the possible 3 come up? And why not just play all teams? The lower teams get beat up by everyone and the higher teams squash most so at least the rest in the middle will probably have good games
The simple answer to your question on why the Falcons deserve to be in the upper division is because this "tournament" is pretty meaningless. If the goal is to find teams that will be competitive with one another for next season, then look at the scores. I don't think there's anyone that can argue the Falcons wouldn't be competitive. That's the stupid part about having this tournament in the first place. It doesn't really tell you anything when every team is playing against different opponents. You're going to have some weak schedules and some difficult schedules. Does it really show which teams are the best? I don't think so. There has to be a good way to decide division placements for the teams. All I know is that having all teams play 4 games against different opponents just days after teams are selected is not an accurate indication of where teams should be placed.
This is the third year of the parity tournament so the EHF has 2 seasons of data. Look at the number of Black division teams that get through parity and can't win more than a few of games all season. That should be all they need to know the system is broken and they need to fix it.
Parity at the Bantam minor level for next season is tough, especially considering that there is no checking in the tournament. Once the kids start checking during the season, it will make a big difference with a number of teams. But the parity tournament is nothing but a money grab by the EHF anyway. Look at all the teams that participated in it, each one paying $1k. Its just a way for the founding member rinks to sell some extra ice time and make more from their concession stands. Their "parity" means nothing when the season starts.
Why were the Northstars not in the parity tournament at the 03 level?
Rule #1 for the event was that "No teams will automatically qualify for the top grouping."
2003 Nortstars were scheduled to play. Were originally on the schedule. Manchester Flames dropped out of the Tournament at the last minute. With only 17 teams they could not redo the schedule and make it work. Northsatrs get the bye. Maybe Northstars and Flames had a deal? Just saying.