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It depends on who you ask. Some of the diehard E9 people will say "no way, we're elite" but if you look at things objectively it usually breaks down like this.
The top teams in the E9 are better than what you would find in EHF Tier 1 and they'd be competitive in EHF Elite. The rest of the teams in the E9 are pretty interchangeable with the top 8-10 teams in the Tier 1 black division. Every age group is different and some E9 ages are better than others.
It's been said a million times on here, but the bottom line is that league really doesn't matter. Competitively its like splitting hairs between the two. Go with whichever team has the coach you feel is best and your kid responds to. That's what is going to make the biggest difference.
Unfortunately the bottom 5 teams in the EHF elite are not any better than the top tier 1 teams these days, same with bottom E9 teams. There too many teams. More kids funnel to the good teams each year and those teams continue to get better, the bottom teams swap coaches and bodies and don't improve. Both leagues are very top heavy
And if he's a pewee or younger it doesn't matter wait till bantams when it counts
To worry about league and levels.
You can't be for real. BHL declined and no teams to play. Where is the variety of teams? EHF Tier I is the way to go. Better level and more teams.
But the idea that this is true is ridiculous, BHL American is above EHF Teir 1 Anyone that is familiar with both leagues cant argue that !! [/quote]
This might be the funniest thing I've read on this board in quite some time. This guy is apparently not familiar with both leagues. I have 2 in tier 1 black. Different ages. Both have played in tournaments against e9 and bhl teams. I can assure you bhl teams were a waste of time playing against and e9 teams gave them a good challenge. Only the top one or two teams in the e9 were able to beat them and the results would be similar against other t1b teams. The poster may be comparing the bhl to ehf white. I can't vouch for that comparison.
splitting hairs here but...Overall EHF tier 1 better than EHF however last year at leaat at 04 no doubt BHL was better Than EHF Tier 1 Black...
Man what I would give to be standing next to the EHF Elite parent whose kids team just lost to an E9 Elite team. Happens frequently. But the EHF troll touting the EHF tier 1 better than E9 elite needs to get out of his moms basement more than once a year to see this happening. Idiot.
I'm sorry your kid got cut from the E9. Have a wonderful weekend.
I just threw up!
I think an EHF owner comes on here and trolls this board with these posts and sits back and laughs as the E9 parents take the bait every single time.
Who doesn't know the difference between E9 and EHF, yet knows how to find the dboard?
As an E9 parent my opinion is the Fed is better at the top and bottom of the bracket. The top 2 Fed teams are loaded and jockeying for the Q bid. The top 7 or 8 at the E9 match up with the rest of the Fed. The E9 has some bottom teams that are far below other E9 teams and the entire Fed.
Unfortunately the automatic bid/charter in the E9 allows some programs to place teams that have no business in the E9 at the expense of a top BHL team. Standings will point out the issue. I know the Fed has the same issue, but I think the bottom Fed teams are better than the bottom E9 teams. Others may argue.
My opinion. If you have an option to play for a top 7 E9 team or a Tier 1 fed team, than take the E9 if you are prioritizing competition. If it is an automatic bid bottom 2 E9 team, then decide based on the best coaching and experience for your kid.
Going by MHR it is hard to argue. EHF elite and tier 1 clearly place higher than E9/BHL at every age level.
Doesn't E9 by definition have 3 BHL qualifiers every year? Isn't a third of E9 therefore BHL/Tier 1.
You people are idiots, 10 years from now, you will look back and see how stupid this discussion is, it doesn't matter.
According to MHR, 04 BHL American teams final ranking were 2nd, 6th, 11th, and 26th. The highest ranked Tier1 Black team finished 32nd - so how is that a better league? Think you better check your facts before throwing nonsense out there.
EHF ELITE > EHF TIER 1 BLACK > E9 > EHF TIER 1WHITE > EMHL > BHL and Valley > Town
Top 1 or 2 teams in lower leagues would finish 500 or better in league above
Top team in EMHL would finish top 2 of EHF Tier 1 White and 500 in EHF Tier 1 Black. E9 is a joke with the exception of top team, which loses their top players to EHF annually
Do you enjoy responding to your own posts? Does it make you feel better about your son's hockey prowess? My youngest plays ehf elite my oldest plays ISL and never played EHF or Metro. Leagues don't matter except to parents of marginal players.
Agree 1000% finally a guy who gets it!!! Thank you