I don't disagree and I have a player in Black. In particular I have heard complaints from friends of the same age in silver who are Caps and traveling to CT, NH and Springfield is the norm and not the exception like it used to be. I'd be complaining too and unfortunately there is no way to predict the way the teams fall from year to year.
Consider the Valley League. Sounds like a better solution for you.
So what team in Tier 1 plays in Springfield? The Jr Thunderbirds play all games in Enfield , and in the EHF "Elite" division are there not teams in Ct and NH already? How is the travel that much different? You could go play in the E9 and drive to Springfield and Burlington Vt and New Hampshire. It's called travel hockey for a reason, you don't like it I hear there are house leagues all over the place.
How about dropping about 7-8 teams from silver before creating geographic divisions.
If your kid isn't in silver what's it matter? My kids classmate plays in the NEPHL Squirt premier division, and their travel is much worse than any color or elite in EHF.
how stupid to keep adding colors just so you can say your kid is playing in that league. Your an idiot if you pay for that crap ....
What do you care what league or team someone else's kid plays for.
Sorry your little bender was cut......