You are right, leagues are getting watered down.
There used to be a gap between elite and AAA.
You would never see Elite EHF teams getting beat by AAA teams, never mind elite EHF teams getting beat by AA teams as we have been seeing.
Agreed, leagues are watered down and the fact the adults running Mass Hockey and FED/E9/BHL/TIER 1 wont allow inter league play also has huge impact on development. This is not a FED vs. Everyone else argument - the top 3-4 FED teams are undoubtedly the best in their age group. But the fact they wont play top E9 teams hurts development - why beat up a bottom FED team when you could play a more competitive top E9 team. Top E9 teams could play mid level FED teams, plenty of local competition there too. And the top FED Tier 1 teams could easily play most E9 and Fed teams. From a development standpoint wouldn't it make more sense to play better teams out of league. It's a shame those running Mass Hockey and these leagues wont put the development of kids first - instead of $$$$ and MHR.
SSK beat Falcons
SSK tie MFR
RIF beat Falcons
RIF tie/beat MFR
RIF best team in country!
BHL American better than EHF...
NEF tie MMF
RIF beat NEF
RIF tie/beat MMF
BHL better than EHF