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Vipers are trying to make amends also and get back to the " league". It was wrong what happened to them last year. Everybody knows they are moving leagues
Fed Elite teams hold a monopoly over the rest of the Fed teams who have an "elite team" stuck in Tier 1. If I were one of these T1 clubs why would I accept the status quo? Im basically relegated as a feeder program to the "elite tier" programs in perpetuity. EHF rewards lazy programs like Top Gun, Capitals, and Bandits who do little to develop and cannot compete with the MMFs and IHCsin most birth years. The lower Elite teams simply rely on T1 players moving up to Elite from within but mostly from other programs that cannot get to elite tier. If I were the Vipers, Shamrocks, etc, why stay in a patently unfair league. At least in the E9/BHL there is an opportunity to play into 1/3 of available slots in the Elite tier. Does the E9 have its issues? Yes. Wizards boys don't belong, travel footprint is too wide, etc. But the league has showed that it's willing to make adjustments to get it right. See Assabet Valley moving up to permanent status, see Jr Rangers given opportunity to regroup and compete in the BHL level. See play-in tournament. I say good for Vipers, Man' Flames, Northstars, and Shamrocks. These are good programs that would otherwise never get a shot by the EHF to compete in the elite tier. Not even a chance to qualify... think about that absurdity. As for the Wolverines, it's a new program that plays in an area where town participation is high, it has its fairly affluent areas, AND they are too good to play EMHL. E9 may be too high a jump for them but BHL is right up their alley for now. And who knows in 10 years... maybe they will have enough skaters to be an elite program. At the least with the E9/BHL what the Wolverines do on the ice will determine where they play in a given birth year, as opposed to some fat guys in a boardroom protecting their investment telling them "you can't play with us".
None of the teams in question, save the NorthStars, have ever been able to demonstrate the ability to field Elite programs. How many times in the last three years have they even won Tier 1 in a birth year?
The Wolverines are being run by the Michaels boys, who have shown less of ability to develop competitive teams than they did in the extremely average college playing careers. The Price program fell on their faces as an "EMHL-Type" girls program.
We need meritocracy, not entitlements. Prove you belong, THEN say you want to come up onto the big porch.
Using 06 as an example, Shamrocks, Flames, and Northstars are right where they belong in Tier 1 Black.
Those teams are right where they belong, in a competitively balanced division where none of them is dominating. They've got a number of losses and ties to the Tier I teams of elite-organization teams. The last thing the 06 elite division needs is some more automatic wins for the top five or six teams - a waste of everyone's time.
Tier 1 Fed is actually Tier 2, Get your terminology straight Fed Bozo. Enjoy your AA team.
Teams should leave: Teams are bring in players every game play game to make the playoff. If the EHF will not enforce the roster freeze rules then move to a league that will. E9/BHL
WN you must have a lot of time on your hands. You are going to be on the board too much now.
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What's a good number of games to know where the kids skill level is?12-14? Maybe have a weekend tourney with the bottom 2-3 elite vs the top 2-3 black tier 1, depending on what happens teams move up or down. Not to sure how difficult it is to change around the remaining games and parents egos might take a hit but I'd rather my son not be involved in blowouts winning or losing.
Every year about this time people talk about all the teams that are leaving EHF and every year they add another color coded division.... Why? Because all the teams and kids are where they should be .... also if the parents and kids want to play in the EHF Elite they go tryout for one of the teams... then when they can't make any of them they go to another team or league... some at this point complain that they can't play into the league because their kid looks good playing against weaker talent.... if you don't have a single kid that an make an EHF Elite team and you can't win the black or white Div how are you going to move up..... Oh and don't tell anyone but all the owners know this as well. they are not moving leagues so that 95% of their teams can play in the AAA div of a weaker league... sorry thems the facts
Northstars only one going to E9. Others are PHL candidates.
Here is my 2 cents:
Fed Elite/E9 Create Division of 16 Teams
EHF Black, White BHL American Create Division of 16 Teams
EHF Silver, BHL National Create Division of 16 Teams
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