interesting as I've heard this come up from parents wanting their kids to be alternates. One is on a FED team wanting their kid to be an E9 alternate, another is an E9 player wanting their kid to be a FED alternate. Both are young, I'd rather not say birth year but this is all about the parents and what they want...as a parent of a player myself I don't know why you'd want to do this other than to burn your kid out. Pick a team. If you're not on the one you want try out when the time comes. There's no need for alternates at this level.
If you're on one team and being an alternate for another you must not be happy with the team you're on (and it's pretty early in the seasaon) It's like being in a relationship and having sidepiece.
You see it at the younger ages, mites and squirts mostly. Some stronger E9 kids play as alternates for Fed teams to get in games against some better teams.
I know of EHF kids wanting to be alternates for BA
Any program, any sport... IMO if you're 14 & under and you allow a program to tell you where your kid can and can't play, you're an idiot. You're just a profit center.
If you are a rostered ehf elite player the only other team you are allowed to play on during the season is a town team. It has always been like that but some of these crazy parents of younger kids are having them play for 3 teams and skating twice every day with 6 games every weekend. You can play e9 and be an alternate on an ehf elite team.
Get it through your heads, Elite means nothing anymore. let the kids have fun! and if 3 or 4 E-9 players want to take our kids spots on an unnamed PHC North "elite prospect" team to win a few games, oh well. Not like the tower of power cares. a win is a win in their eyes. plus if more BHL/E-9 players would come back to us at PHC, maybe our "elite" team would actually win a few and not be content with only caring about three players and being in 7th or 8th place every year. thank god for high school!
This has been an EHF rule for as long as I can remember. E9 has never had this rule and has no plans for one. I am sure it is 100% refund when they find out.
I’d ask for proof of the rule and where you signed prior to this season beginning for that to be the case. I’ve only heard of this coming from one program on the “SOUTH SHORE!” Is it actually being said to anyone in other programs??. For any league to state that to kids until the age of 14 is quite ridiculous. They afraid they will get hurt? More kids get hurt in gym or recess. Let’s be honest. Or they afraid they’ll be poached??
Speaking for the 2013 level. EHF Elite. We have multiple full time kids on our team that are either Alts or full time with EHF teams. It’s a joke that parents think their kids needs more at that age. Problem is the parents are not going to budge regardless of an official EHF statement.
Cool rule. There are no skills or town programs within 30 minutes of me. Only ehf and e9 affliates. God forbid my kid skates more than 3 hours a week
I didn't realize town isn't governed by usa hockey.
That's an interesting story.
I'm of the opinion that at tryouts parents should be transparent about their other commitments and intentions. From their, it should be up to the orgs and coaches to decide what is acceptable. If it's blatantly forbidden, and they are sneaky, then they should have to deal with the consequences.
There will always be people trying to be sneaky
The question is what does one really get out of being an alternate for another team. It seems desperate
Issues with Alternates seem to come from two places.
Internally - Parents that don't like when alternate Alex bumps full time Timmy off the 2nd line.
Externally - When proud organizations that have parents with high expectations lose a game they should have won, because a stud alternate showed up. Or, when a team is bringing in imports, and listeing them as full time players. While they live and play 200 miles away monday-friday.
Where I come from programs require coaches to sign a certain number of kids. 2 Alternates = 1 full time player. Let that sink in. One, sometimes two alternates, at practice are essentially paying the freight for a kid that would otherwise be at every practice and game. Alternates usually make half the practices and can only play 10 e9 games. And 15 ehf games. No playoffs for alternates in either league. Usually those 2 alternates would both be better than last pick Luke.
If you are the proud parent of a 9 year old, who's incredible team loses in a nail-biter because alternate Alex or jet set Johnny got a hat trick, I'm sorry. But please put it all into perspective. It's youth hockey. We should want our kids having fun, while playing with and against great competition.