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Will PUC still field elite teams?
Most likely, but most divisions will be playing other PHC teams. That’s why they needed massive player counts under one umbrella. They are creating their own state league/ house league senecio. It is a great idea, bringing hockey back to old school style. No need to travel out of area to find competition, when it’s in your same club.
They will be elite in name only with a possible 1-2 exceptions at certain years, which is not different then some other clubs except maybe BJE and MFF.
Agree with above poster that most PHC teams after the 'elite' group will be regulated to white or silver. T1 Black will be a stretch unless they really take best kids from the 3 tier 1s and pull together to try to get into black which they will not do as they even structured tryouts to avoid this. Having elite tryouts with was caps T1 is a joke bc any borderline elite kid if doesn't get spot, and there are barely any at tryouts to begin with, isn't taking a $3k+ spot on t1 silver if the parents know any better.
They dont care about T1 none of the ehf programs do as they are strictly revenue streams. If they did they would have 1 elite tryout on different date from the other 3 and then immediately have a larger T1 tryout the following day or so after and and make 3 teams (black, white, silver) if they have the numbers from that instead of all 3 having conflicting dates & times and winding up with a mix of good and not so good players.
It is a simple plan, but a good plan. They will develop teams through inter-league parity games. Re-draft players, to insure parity among teams, and play competitive games under their own roof.
The cost will not change, players will get the same number of games/practices, games will be more competitive, no crazy travel.....
It is a great model and it works. Very similar to European model. Kids will develop with less games and less travel. It’s a win/win situation.
Eventually there is not a need for elite teams. This system will keep advancing players as they progress. PHC now has a large enough population to make this work. As players get better you put them with better players.. players do not improve in games, like they do in well run practice. It’s proven, look at the Europeans.
I heard they want to move to 5/1. Five practices to every game. It does make sence. How much ice time does each kid get in a game. Not nearly as much as in practice. More touches the better. The only way to develop.
Yes, 5 :1 ratio. But remember, the teams will constantly be adjusted to keep like talent with like talent. This will eliminate the wasteful blow out games, where neither team gets anything out of it. Players will always be competing, in practice and games, against like talent. And all games will be at a home rink.
It is a great model, 3x3 cross ice, and multi station skills practices are the base.
The 5:1 ratio can accommodate many more players. The way the skills practices are crafted, work best with 35-40 players on the ice per session.
I like the idea, and from what I was told today, the league trains and employs their own referees, which keep consistency in the games.
Especially at peewee major and bantam levels, the in league practices and games, with in league refs, eliminates a lot of the BS that can happen at these ages.