finally a knowledgeable, articulate non biased post
Soon USPHL youth teams will be the only elite ( Tier 1) teams in the area. Everyone else will be Tier 2
How far back did New England hockey go and mess up the tier designations? Seems like the rest of the country had it all figured out, but then everyone started tinkering w/ their names/designations to keep up with NE.
Hell, in Detroit, Honeybaked was still listed as AA until PeeWee Minor. While we're at it, how can an 04 play Bantam in one part of the country, but not in another?
Sorta wish USA Hockey could rein this all in.....but I guess that's too much power.
Interesting, the usphl is tier 3 junior league but their youth programs will be tier 1?
Current USPHL teams are all Tier 2. No real Tier 1 teams have signed on yet
Tier designations in junior hockey and youth hockey are completely different and unrelated. In junior hockey, Tier 1 means that it is 100% free for players to play (USHL), Tier 2 means players play for free but pay billet fees and some other assorted costs (NAHL), and Tier 3 means it is pay to play (USPHL and others). While the USPHL's top "Premier League" is currently pay-to-play, the widespread belief is that the league is trying to switch to a Tier 2 model within the next few seasons.
Whether the USPHL juniors are considered Tier 2 or Tier 3, wouldn't impact the youth organizations Tier 1 status for USA Hockey if that's the direction the league ends up going with its youth division.
changing their name to E10