For 12/14/16/19 Tier I - at most levels it is Wizards & Eagles at top with an occasional Breakers, Spitfires or Assabet Team.
No one outside those 5 programs are ever really a factor for a National Bound Tier I title - putting aside last year's NAHA 19U Tier I.
Flames, Islanders, Vipers, Wings, etc. just Tier I in name only.
Eagles and Wizards Tier II teams are usually on par or better than the rest of the "Tier I" programs.
Will be interesting to see where Valley and Lovell programs are in next few seasons and whether NAHA can sustain.
A question, do the top girls at wizards and eagles play on the tier 1 teams (major Jeff 1 and maroon) every year? Or they switch between tier 1 and tier 2 (major 2 and gold) because of two years in each age group.