I don't remember exactly when it came out but last year but I do remember thinking it seemed really late since I was coming from the EHF world. Going off memory, so most likely wrong, but I think we got they released the parity & U14 schedule together about two weeks before the start of the season.
Schedule out today. Anybody know where Springfield Rifles 05 Elite team is playing this year. Don't see them in the parity schedule.
you didnt look to hard. Automatic bid to E9
E9 schedule is posted now for the teams with guaranteed spots.
They should just drop the E9 thing and put everyone under the BHL name. No more auto-bids, confusing names, divisions, etc. 1 league, 2 or 3 divisions. Let the 15-20 programs play in 1 league and see who lands on top.
10, 15, 20.. whatever the number is. Just let them all play each other under a single umbrella and let it sort itself out. No auto anything. Every year your program needs to earn it based on results.
I'm new to this E9/BHL thing, so forgive my ignorance as I'm trying to understand the set up. But why do only certain teams get an auto-bid and then 3 teams have to earn a spot? Why not just dump everyone in a big pool and have them prove they are the 'Elite 9' ?
The founding teams get automatic bids, they "paid" to create the league so they get to reap the benefits of it. (I'm sure it's easier to get more bodies at tryouts by pointing out our top team always plays "elite") E9 spots also get awarded based upon previous years results (winner of BHL American gets in, etc.) and the last two or three spots are filled up based upon a parity tournament. It's not the greatest system and EHF Elite is stronger but unlike the EHF model, it does allow for some movement into the upper division.
Some good points are being made, but let's also consider the difficulty of doing it the EHF way, which was well documented on this board in April. If you make it subjective at all, then all hell breaks loose.
At least the E9 set up the founding organizations (presumably to attract talent to a small number of teams, a good idea) and an objective, structured method for gaining entry. That addresses the EHF Elite issue of having very weak teams at the bottom of the division, and the EHF Tier 1 issue of lacking structure for the parity tournament. I think it's a decent system except for the (apparent) politics being played by letting certain teams in that neither earned it with a championship nor played in through the parity tournament.
The only thing that stinks is my kid doesn't have a regular season game until late September. They should schedule games between the 6 guaranteed teams in early September so they can get their season going earlier.
winner bhl American did not get into e9 sharks won it
big deal if the name doesnt match ... http://www.bigten.org/