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Re: U16s playing U15?

Anon
Why do coaches and programs feel it’s ok to let this happen? My son‘s team has a U16 player on it. Of course the kid is friends with the head coach and his kid, after all that is how hockey works with most teams and coaches. Friends and family network. Sad part is the kid is basically bottom third. A little bigger and faster but zero skill and no sense for the game. Then again our coach’d kid is the worst on the team.

Why would USA hockey or any league allow this to happen? What is the purpose of the U15 level if you let players play down?

And doesn’t the parent of the U16 player feel bad that he’s actually playing his kid down?





Without a doubt, this event is going to keep your kid from the NHL.

Re: U16s playing U15?

When it comes to Midgets, birth year becomes less relevant. My kid plays Juniors, and many of his teammates are 19, but when we do USA Hockey sanctioned tournaments it's still designated as U18.

I'd first read up on the rules, it could be you're the one that's wrong. But, even if it is against the rules, is it really something to be worried about? Maybe the kid had a contract with a U16 team that folded, and they're just trying to give him a place to play.

Re: U16s playing U15?

My kid not losing playing time. Irony is the coach preaches “fair play” and “respect the game”. I just struggle with knowingly breaking the rules. I guess you just need to know the coach. Talks out of both sides of his mouth. His motivation is coaching his kid so he has a place to play and coaching with his buddies. The really sad part is his kid would prefer to be sketching in his art book instead of playing hockey. It’s a perfect example of why dads shouldn’t coach.

Re: U16s playing U15?

Anon
My kid not losing playing time. Irony is the coach preaches “fair play” and “respect the game”. I just struggle with knowingly breaking the rules. I guess you just need to know the coach. Talks out of both sides of his mouth. His motivation is coaching his kid so he has a place to play and coaching with his buddies. The really sad part is his kid would prefer to be sketching in his art book instead of playing hockey. It’s a perfect example of why dads shouldn’t coach.
So, since you are too arrogant to look it up, I did. I hate meddling know-it-alls. Worst kind of parents in youth sports, hands down.

The official age group for 2002 players is 16 and Under (Midget). You can see it here.

https://portal.usahockey.com/forms/age-classifications-2017-2018.pdf

There is a "pure" age group for U15 Nationals, which is exclusive of 2002 birth year kids. 2001s and 2003s are not eligible. But, that's only for Nattys. There is no U15 age classification, officially, under USA Hockey.

So, your kid's coach is "knowingly breaking" Jack ****, unless the kid plays in the state playdowns. And, if he sees this post, I'll bet it will take him about five seconds to know which one of the punk dads of his players you are. That's if another parent doesn't bring it to him first. Start sweating.

Hoping your kid gets cut.

Re: U16s playing U15?

Thanks a Harry USA Hockey. We are a Tier 1 u15 pure team. So, all those games we win that may help us qualify for states? What do you have to say about that? I suppose it’s alright for post grads to play HS as well? Sounds like you just want to argue. As far as my kid getting cut? Yeah, I’m really concerned beacause there aren’t like 50 other teams locally that want a good hard working player.

Re: U16s playing U15?

Anon
Thanks a Harry USA Hockey. We are a Tier 1 u15 pure team. So, all those games we win that may help us qualify for states? What do you have to say about that? I suppose it’s alright for post grads to play HS as well? Sounds like you just want to argue. As far as my kid getting cut? Yeah, I’m really concerned beacause there aren’t like 50 other teams locally that want a good hard working player.
Just want to argue? No, just want to make sure you understand that you're way off base. But, keep giving your kid's coach the information he needs to ID you.

BTW, if your kid is on a "15 Tier team," it isn't U15. Just 15.

Now, they will use MHR to rank the teams in the sanctioned tournament. So, I suppose one could argue, if one has a stick up their butts, that the games this kid plays in shouldn't count toward the MHR rankings. So, the coach still isn't breaking any USA Hockey rules, it could simply mean that the team is dropped in the seeding.

I'm glad you're so confident - overconfident? - that a meddlesome dad won't cost your kid chances "beacause" he's such a hard worker. It's a small community, this MA hockey thing. If I'm your kid's coach, I will look very differently at your kid if I know you are out there calling me a cheat, playing favorites for a buddy, in a public forum - anonymously or otherwise - without facts to support you. I don't get paid enough, given all the hours I have to put in, to have to deal with parents like you. And, at your kid's level, its pretty routine that his prospective coach next year is going to give me a call before signing your kid.

And, I think I know now that your kid's coach is a friend of mine.

Nighty night, Dick Head. Sleep well.

Re: U16s playing U15?

No horse in race but I think the last poster is clearly the cheating coach....very sensitive about this topic eh?

Re: U16s playing U15?

Wrong.

Re: U16s playing U15?

Wait.... someone has an issue with a U16 kid playing U15, but on that U15 team he is one of the bottom three players on the team ?? Am I reading this right ?

Who would have a problem with that ?

Re: U16s playing U15?

Take off hoser

Re: U16s playing U15?

Anon
Wrong.


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Re: U16s playing U15?

Anon
Anon
Thanks a Harry USA Hockey. We are a Tier 1 u15 pure team. So, all those games we win that may help us qualify for states? What do you have to say about that? I suppose it’s alright for post grads to play HS as well? Sounds like you just want to argue. As far as my kid getting cut? Yeah, I’m really concerned beacause there aren’t like 50 other teams locally that want a good hard working player.
Just want to argue? No, just want to make sure you understand that you're way off base. But, keep giving your kid's coach the information he needs to ID you.

BTW, if your kid is on a "15 Tier team," it isn't U15. Just 15.

Now, they will use MHR to rank the teams in the sanctioned tournament. So, I suppose one could argue, if one has a stick up their butts, that the games this kid plays in shouldn't count toward the MHR rankings. So, the coach still isn't breaking any USA Hockey rules, it could simply mean that the team is dropped in the seeding.

I'm glad you're so confident - overconfident? - that a meddlesome dad won't cost your kid chances "beacause" he's such a hard worker. It's a small community, this MA hockey thing. If I'm your kid's coach, I will look very differently at your kid if I know you are out there calling me a cheat, playing favorites for a buddy, in a public forum - anonymously or otherwise - without facts to support you. I don't get paid enough, given all the hours I have to put in, to have to deal with parents like you. And, at your kid's level, its pretty routine that his prospective coach next year is going to give me a call before signing your kid.

And, I think I know now that your kid's coach is a friend of mine.

Nighty night, Dick Head. Sleep well.


OP is certainly butt hurt but if you take all of 30 seconds to look the U15 Age level is played under U16 age classification. So there are no problems with this unless your league specifically says no 16's on the U15 level which typically is not the case. Most leagues allow 1-3 kids to play "down" as long as they are not dominant players and since you are clearly upset about this kid playing bottom 3 i would say he fits the description so grow up and move to a new team since you clearly feel wronged somehow.