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Flag football?? Are you people serious?? Baseball?? Give me a break you are clueless... Hand eye coordination... How much of that are they getting??? Please! They need to be shooting pucks working on their conditioning and strength... Your kid is not Crosby or Eichel moron... Put the work in get their asses to skills... This way you aren't ******** that little sparky doesn't play enough. Wake up people if you want to be the best you need to do the most! Moron.... And the whole Multi-sport thing is a joke shoved in your face by USA hockey... Read Dustin Byfuhlein's biography... His mother would drop him at the rink in the morning and pick him up at the end of the day after she was done working... Single mother...he seems to be fine to me...get a clue and stop whining... Don't give me the bobby Orr book bull**** either... What he doesn't tell you is that from Oct-Mar he was in the pond in his yard for 8 hrs a day do the math
You people are not following the ADM. You should not be allowed to play hockey any longer.
The ADM model is: Don't play too much to keep the cost down + don't let the kids start checking too soon + let's dumb-down the product = more fee paying kids for longer to keep the $ coming in to support Team USA in international tournaments.
All the teams should refuse to play in parity and just make one league with two divisions made in October
How about go by regular season performance, bottom 2 black from current season get moved down to white and top 2 from current season white get promoted up to black. 3rd and 4th place white get an opportunity to play a round robin against the 3rd and 4th from the bottom black to see if they can beat either out. The rest of the top of black stays based on solid regular season performance the bottom below the top four white stay in white based on their relative subpar performance. So only four teams involved in round robin.
I mean, can the 5th place white really feel like they can compete with top five in black and is there any reason to believe the 3rd and 4th place black teams wouldn't mop up at least the bottom 50% of the white division?
Top teams for prior season should be exempt and let the remaining teams fight it out. Having the top teams beat up on the bottom teams in the parity round does nothing to weed out the strong from the weak.
The problem with this plan is that teams can be completely different from one year to the next. The 2nd place finisher in the black division could have lost 6 of their top players. Giving them an automatic seat at the table for the next season does nothing for creating reasonable, competitive divisions. Just like the 4th place finisher in the white division could have brought in an entirely new team. You just don't know at this level.
I agree that the way in which it is done is crazy. There's no reasoning that I can see behind who plays whom in the parity tournament. As a result, you see teams play 4 cupcakes, go 3-1 and make it into the top division. Then get blown out all season. There needs to be some sort of formula for dividing teams into groups based on rankings, and each team needs to play against 1 team from each group. That would ensure that all teams are playing at least relatively balanced schedules.
Personally, with 20+ teams supposedly going to be in the Tier 1 next year, I'd rather have a single division. Play each team 2 times - home and away - and then move on. But if they're not going to do that, let's find a more meaningful way of playing a parity tournament so it actually creates competitive divisions. The system as it stands now, just does not do that.
This would be much better than the voodoo parity tournament and eliminate the dullness of so many games per season against the same team.
They have to have two divisions so that the black division can pretend they are special and almost elite, the white division you are better off playing town hockey and save the 3k. There is too much of a skill difference between the better black teams and the lower white teams, the white teams should just go down and play EMHL(AAA) also known as town c division
BHL/E9 and MPDHL both do parity at the beginning of the season and their world don't end. Parity in April is useless and is a way for the EHF to collect $1k per team to participate. It's a revenue generator and saves their schedulers a bit of extra work at the beginning of the season. And, as someone else said, it allows teams live the Flames, Caps and Kings to put Elite players out to ensure that they end up in the upper tier 1. Since the rosters for Elite teams don't need to be submitted at that time, they can put whoever they want on their "Tier 1" team for parity and then move them to Elite after. Look at the 02 level. How did the Caps and Eagles end up in the Tier 1 and then only win 3 and 5 games, respectively during the season.
The issue I see with your rationale of strong black teams suddenly becoming horrible and weak white teams suddenly become good, is at least it is only a one year deal for the few teams where that may happen and the next season they would be moved based on performance. But in the interim the parity is based on season long performance, minimizing the cheating that occurs when orgs bring in ringers for the parity tournament - for which there is zero way to control or accountability. We could make up all kinds of scenarios, but using prior season performance as a basis so allocate some of the teams to each divisions at least adds transparency to the process.
The problem with parity is the way it's run not when it is.
They have to many teams playing 4 random games over one weekend seems more like luck of the draw .
The elite 9 does it the right way over multiple weekends and you have to win your way in.