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I do not think they ever hid it was for kids with the potential to play at higher levels to practice with and to be seen playing against similar level players. They have been denied that opportunity this winter.. Don't worry there will be plenty of others doing similar leagues.
How do you want them to do it?
First come/first served? Friends & Family? Blind tryout? Everyone makes a team - instead of 4 teams have 15?
For anyone younger than 04, this year is just one year, for a lot of these older kids this is it - didn't have a chance this season to be seen by college coaches, didn't have a chance this season to be seen by USHL/NAHL coaches. the draft eligible kids haven't had an opportunity to be seen in competitive games this season. Prioritizing those that need to be seen is appropriate for what they communicated from the beginning that they were trying to do.
BTW...It is a private league - a one time shot - they want it to be competitive and can structure it how ever they want.
And they have a great new email list to cultivate subscribers. Capitalism is providing a service people want and getting paid as much as you can for it.
and why is that a problem?
Think those not picked will unsubscribe? Tough call, players/ parents are sensitive right now. Imagine they take these deserving 80 kids and lose 420 subscriptions. Any talk of how much this league costs?
When is the “draft” for this
Interesting concept. Seeing it’s based in MA, will they be taking out of state players? Will be tough for boarding students to participate I would assume as they can’t really leave campus until June”ish”. Really like the idea though, even if just MA kids, it will be great exposure to some good coaching, skills, etc.
Yo, did we make it?