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Next season

Rumor has it that Mass/ Conn is taking the Rifles ice times at Olympia next year . Trying to plan for next season is starting to get complicated . My kid wouldn't make the Huskies , but made the Rifles top team. Our team didn't make the E9 and most likely won't again next year . Should I have him try out for Mass/ Conn or hope the Rifles have a plan . I've reached out to the Coach, BF, KK and BJD and haven't received a reply . I could always drive to Marlborough and try out with the Flames , but 50 minutes to and from is a haul.

Re: Next season

Even without wholesale changes you need a Plan A, B and C every year. Nature of the beast.

So, try out and when you need to make a decision, make a decision based on the best possible information you have available to you. Which will be less than you need, but just make the best of it.

Re: Next season

Anon
Even without wholesale changes you need a Plan A, B and C every year. Nature of the beast.

So, try out and when you need to make a decision, make a decision based on the best possible information you have available to you. Which will be less than you need, but just make the best of it.
yep - spot on. I'm in the area & that is the scuttlebutt. Rifles parents/kids need to have a safety net in place. My kid plays half season for the Rifles... not sure what to expect. I too have reached out to BF & KK... crickets.

Re: Next season

Anon
Even without wholesale changes you need a Plan A, B and C every year. Nature of the beast.

So, try out and when you need to make a decision, make a decision based on the best possible information you have available to you. Which will be less than you need, but just make the best of it.
The problem with WMass and Northern CT is lack of teams . At least with the Rifles , Huskies/ Tbirds there was options. And depending on your location Chiefs for CT and Flames for people out towards Palmer . Outside of that it's the GSL and honestly that's not gonna happen . Outside of Westfield and Holy Name the rest are garbage . Amherst and Pioneer Valley have a few decent teams, but I'm talking one or two in the whole organization . And where I live the only town teams we can look at are WTM or HN . This is going to suck.

Re: Next season

Rifles will be moving to Smead Arena (Springfield) for next season.

Re: Next season

What about the Jr Falcons out of Enfield?

Re: Next season

anon
What about the Jr Falcons out of Enfield?
Jr. Falcons are Mass/Conn's mite teams. Huskies are the elite teams, Thunderbirds are the Tier 1 boys teams and all the girls teams. And now it sounds like they'll have Pics youth teams playing Tier 1 too, but out of Olympia. All the same ownership.

Re: Next season

Anon
Rifles will be moving to Smead Arena (Springfield) for next season.
One sheet of ice for the Rifles, Ludlow youth hockey, And I think a couple high school teams. Have fun with your 8 pm mite practice and 10 pm PeeWee practice . There isn't enough ice at Smead,or Cyr to accommodate the Rifles . It'll be an interesting tryout season for sure this year .

Re: Next season

Soon to be Mass/Conn dad
Anon
Rifles will be moving to Smead Arena (Springfield) for next season.
One sheet of ice for the Rifles, Ludlow youth hockey, And I think a couple high school teams. Have fun with your 8 pm mite practice and 10 pm PeeWee practice . There isn't enough ice at Smead,or Cyr to accommodate the Rifles . It'll be an interesting tryout season for sure this year .
This will destroy the 1/2 season teams as many of them are full of kids from local Preps (Deerfield, NMH, Williston, Choate, Kent, etc) Olympia is an easy travel right off 91. None of them are going to want to drive to Smead or Cyr.

Re: Next season

What birth year?