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Re: Bridgewater

anon
On the girls side as well 😭. Go to Ct to play a game with 11 kids then we go to there rink and they have 16.
And what's wrong with that

Re: Bridgewater

anon
On the girls side as well 😭. Go to Ct to play a game with 11 kids then we go to there rink and they have 16.
Please tell me you’re kidding here right? A couple girl players weren’t committed enough to drive to a CT game but everyone went to their own home game… woa someone should really look into that 🤣

Re: Bridgewater

Annoyed
Is it just common knowledge within the EHF that Bridgewater doesn’t have to follow any league rules?
Plenty of other **** programs in the Bhl-Phl to bash

Re: Bridgewater

Anon
Annoyed
Is it just common knowledge within the EHF that Bridgewater doesn’t have to follow any league rules?
Plenty of other **** programs in the Bhl-Phl to bash
None with the long term perennial sustainability of suck that the Bandits bring.

Re: Bridgewater

Oh I think I can name a few

Re: Bridgewater

Nevin Markwart
Oh I think I can name a few
Go for it.

Willing to bet that the teams you name will be the same two teams whose parents are on here complaining about bandits rosters.

Go…

Re: Bridgewater

Continued false and sometimes true .. who knows here.. complaints about organizations, owners, coaches etc. “breaking the rules” are pathetic. Last week it was the eagles and BJ, before that it was the Islanders and Top Gun. Sounds like a personal issue more than a program issue and a “this isn’t fair” complaint. Cry about it somewhere else

Re: Bridgewater

Anon
Continued false and sometimes true .. who knows here.. complaints about organizations, owners, coaches etc. “breaking the rules” are pathetic. Last week it was the eagles and BJ, before that it was the Islanders and Top Gun. Sounds like a personal issue more than a program issue and a “this isn’t fair” complaint. Cry about it somewhere else
Well said

Re: Bridgewater

Isn't that what this board is for ? To talk smack about other teams and leagues?

Re: Bridgewater

Anon
Isn't that what this board is for ? To talk smack about other teams and leagues?
Apparently the crazy younger parents all take this serious!

Re: Bridgewater

anony
Anon
Isn\'t that what this board is for ? To talk smack about other teams and leagues?
Apparently the crazy younger parents all take this serious!
and in a few years those parents will leave the program as well. They wouldn't suck as much if they didn't chase away all the better local players. But thanks to the Bandits for supporting the surrounding south coast programs

Re: Bridgewater

Anon
anony
Anon
Isn\\\'t that what this board is for ? To talk smack about other teams and leagues?
Apparently the crazy younger parents all take this serious!
and in a few years those parents will leave the program as well. They wouldn't suck as much if they didn't chase away all the better local players. But thanks to the Bandits for supporting the surrounding south coast programs
They need to find a reason to make people want to stay or even join them. As it is why would you play for this org when there's several other orgs in the area to play for that are better?

Re: Bridgewater

The Bandits model is better than most as is the league the play in. The problem is the toxic culture the management bleeds into the system. It's embarrassing to even have a discussion with the knuckle dragger heading up the youth program. Speaking to him for more than 5 minutes will just hurt your brain.

If you want to look into rules just watch a practice. 75% of the coaches blatantly ignore the USA hockey helmet policy.

Their elite teams can't win more than 4 or 5 games a season and have no business entering teams at that level. Just put them in the "tier 1", which is really tier 2 or even 3, where they would be competitive at some age groups.

Re: Bridgewater

Anon
The Bandits model is better than most as is the league the play in. The problem is the toxic culture the management bleeds into the system. It's embarrassing to even have a discussion with the knuckle dragger heading up the youth program. Speaking to him for more than 5 minutes will just hurt your brain.

If you want to look into rules just watch a practice. 75% of the coaches blatantly ignore the USA hockey helmet policy.

Their elite teams can't win more than 4 or 5 games a season and have no business entering teams at that level. Just put them in the "tier 1", which is really tier 2 or even 3, where they would be competitive at some age groups.
Who are you referring to? How is tier1 really tired 2 or 3, ?

Re: Bridgewater

Anon
Anon
The Bandits model is better than most as is the league the play in. The problem is the toxic culture the management bleeds into the system. It\'s embarrassing to even have a discussion with the knuckle dragger heading up the youth program. Speaking to him for more than 5 minutes will just hurt your brain.

If you want to look into rules just watch a practice. 75% of the coaches blatantly ignore the USA hockey helmet policy.

Their elite teams can\'t win more than 4 or 5 games a season and have no business entering teams at that level. Just put them in the \"tier 1\", which is really tier 2 or even 3, where they would be competitive at some age groups.
Who are you referring to? How is tier1 really tired 2 or 3, ?
Really? You must be a kiddie parent. Elite=Tier 1 and then the divisions work their way down. This is common knowledge and when your kid hits midgets you will get it.

Re: Bridgewater

IMO you really have an ax to grind with a program? Report the coaches with no helmets. Report them again when they disregard MA hockey suspension.

Re: Bridgewater

their problem is geography

not a hockey area ... if you look north, west and east there's a million teams. if you look south its a **** hole that has never been a hockey market

Re: Bridgewater

anon
their problem is geography

not a hockey area ... if you look north, west and east there's a million teams. if you look south its a **** hole that has never been a hockey market
The location isn't great and they do compete with programs that are better than them and in a similar area. Some of those towns seem to be more middle classish where people don't necessarily have the funds or time for club hockey. There are people out there who still just do town hockey. Even people in more affluent areas do 'just' town hockey.

Re: Bridgewater

anon
anon
their problem is geography

not a hockey area ... if you look north, west and east there\'s a million teams. if you look south its a **** hole that has never been a hockey market
The location isn't great and they do compete with programs that are better than them and in a similar area. Some of those towns seem to be more middle classish where people don't necessarily have the funds or time for club hockey. There are people out there who still just do town hockey. Even people in more affluent areas do 'just' town hockey.

Hockey parents are morons. There is nothing wrong with Bridgewater - its the location and $$$$$. Why do you think programs like BA and BJE are successful? Its because they are in established wealthy areas. Its not some secret recipe. Those areas have more money, pay for more ice time and more skills. Hockey is a ridiculously expensive sport and get this - the best athletes usually aren't the best players its the richest players that are the best players.

Re: Bridgewater

anon
anon
anon
their problem is geography

not a hockey area ... if you look north, west and east there\\\'s a million teams. if you look south its a **** hole that has never been a hockey market
The location isn\'t great and they do compete with programs that are better than them and in a similar area. Some of those towns seem to be more middle classish where people don\'t necessarily have the funds or time for club hockey. There are people out there who still just do town hockey. Even people in more affluent areas do \'just\' town hockey.

Hockey parents are morons. There is nothing wrong with Bridgewater - its the location and $$$$$. Why do you think programs like BA and BJE are successful? Its because they are in established wealthy areas. Its not some secret recipe. Those areas have more money, pay for more ice time and more skills. Hockey is a ridiculously expensive sport and get this - the best athletes usually aren't the best players its the richest players that are the best players.
Isn't that what was said? No one said anything is wrong with Bridgewater per se but it sure ain't Hingham. BA is in Hingham - hugely wealthy conservative area and surrounded by other wealthy more conservative towns. I'm sure much of their success comes from the people that are willing to pay, particularly people with young kids. Why would they go anywhere else really to bring little kids to skate which can already be a stressful experience (kids screaming because they don't want to get on the ice? You want something close to home.

BJE seems to be lucky in that there aren't many programs closeby to it. Seems like people from Wellesley and Newton go to BJE but I know a few Dorchester/Charlestown people there as well. Many of the wealthier towns near BJE tend to have more liberal learning people who don't even want their kids playing hockey these days though. Demographics, finance and politics all play a role.

Re: Bridgewater

Location isn't an issue. In fact the Knights who are in Raynham have a nice thing going and have good teams at multiple age groups. Also what works against all these programs is the "Q" The better teams are looking to add a few players to build that super squad and they just plunk the top players from the lower level teams. The strong get stronger and the weak get weaker. It is a terrible system. If you don't believe me look at the standings of the top teams leading up the "Q" year and you will see their records improved a bit. The top four teams will stay as the top four teams and everyone else is just trying to go 500 versus the rest of the league. When you take all that and add a bad ownership group it compounds the problems. The ones who are smart find a good coach who can develop their kid, ply competitive games and get the kid ready for Bantam and Midgets when real hockey begins.

Re: Bridgewater

Relax Francis
Location isn't an issue. In fact the Knights who are in Raynham have a nice thing going and have good teams at multiple age groups. Also what works against all these programs is the "Q" The better teams are looking to add a few players to build that super squad and they just plunk the top players from the lower level teams. The strong get stronger and the weak get weaker. It is a terrible system. If you don't believe me look at the standings of the top teams leading up the "Q" year and you will see their records improved a bit. The top four teams will stay as the top four teams and everyone else is just trying to go 500 versus the rest of the league. When you take all that and add a bad ownership group it compounds the problems. The ones who are smart find a good coach who can develop their kid, ply competitive games and get the kid ready for Bantam and Midgets when real hockey begins.
What are these top 4 teams youre referring to?

Re: Bridgewater

Tired of hearing people say that it isn't real hockey until bantam and midgets.

Re: Bridgewater

It's basically saying that school doesn't matter until high school and no one cares about your grades or how you do until then. Complete crap.

Re: Bridgewater

I've been around the south shore my whole life. Been a part of multiple town organizations, mass hockey board, usa hockey board etc. It's not the kids, and it's not the location. They started trying to rebuild this last year. New kids, new coaches etc. Hasn't worked exactly the way they would want. It's alot like a new owner taking over an old business and having to weed out old employees. Lastxyear there were not alot of kids at tryouts. This year there were over 100 kids on one sheet for a few different birth years (should have been separated) but wasn't. The programs started getting more talent but still need better coaching. There are now a few teams starting to succeed but until coaching changes happen more it's going to stay as it is. Same for the breakers. They had some winning teams and a mass exodus happened in multiple birth years. Same goes for the kings, and terriers. It goes up and down with every team. Just because one team succeeds and another fails doesn't mean the kids aren't at that level, it could be coaching, skills, etc. I don't get why any grown man or woman would crap all over other kids. Maybe you got cut as a kid. Maybe your significant other left you. Maybe your under a delusion that your kid may make it pro. Whatever the reason, get a life. It's little kid hockey and whatever you call it it's still basically a town program.

Re: Bridgewater

Youth Bandits hockey is like T3 midget hockey. It's the last stop before you're forced to finally hang'em up.
And yes... the problem is the adults who run the show.

Re: Bridgewater

Last Stop
Youth Bandits hockey is like T3 midget hockey. It's the last stop before you're forced to finally hang'em up.
And yes... the problem is the adults who run the show.
Um no it’s not. Try BHL

Re: Bridgewater

Anon
Last Stop
Youth Bandits hockey is like T3 midget hockey. It\'s the last stop before you\'re forced to finally hang\'em up.
And yes... the problem is the adults who run the show.
Um no it’s not. Try BHL
??

Re: Bridgewater

when a program like this isn't doing well it's a sign that people aren't going there and the staff is becoming less engaged. It then gets harder to find good people to work there and send their kids there.

Re: Bridgewater

Amon
I've been around the south shore my whole life. Been a part of multiple town organizations, mass hockey board, usa hockey board etc. It's not the kids, and it's not the location. They started trying to rebuild this last year. New kids, new coaches etc. Hasn't worked exactly the way they would want. It's alot like a new owner taking over an old business and having to weed out old employees. Lastxyear there were not alot of kids at tryouts. This year there were over 100 kids on one sheet for a few different birth years (should have been separated) but wasn't. The programs started getting more talent but still need better coaching. There are now a few teams starting to succeed but until coaching changes happen more it's going to stay as it is. Same for the breakers. They had some winning teams and a mass exodus happened in multiple birth years. Same goes for the kings, and terriers. It goes up and down with every team. Just because one team succeeds and another fails doesn't mean the kids aren't at that level, it could be coaching, skills, etc. I don't get why any grown man or woman would crap all over other kids. Maybe you got cut as a kid. Maybe your significant other left you. Maybe your under a delusion that your kid may make it pro. Whatever the reason, get a life. It's little kid hockey and whatever you call it it's still basically a town program.
What a moronic take. You people really over estimate how much a coach plays into a teams success. Put the best NHL coach behind the bench of a crappy youth team and you still aren't going to win games. Its based on talent pool and yes location has a massive factor into Bridgewater not being successful. Do you think towns like Canton, Hingham, etc are just lucky to have good players - no its income related and nothing more.

Re: Bridgewater

anon
Amon
I\\\'ve been around the south shore my whole life. Been a part of multiple town organizations, mass hockey board, usa hockey board etc. It\\\'s not the kids, and it\\\'s not the location. They started trying to rebuild this last year. New kids, new coaches etc. Hasn\\\'t worked exactly the way they would want. It\\\'s alot like a new owner taking over an old business and having to weed out old employees. Lastxyear there were not alot of kids at tryouts. This year there were over 100 kids on one sheet for a few different birth years (should have been separated) but wasn\\\'t. The programs started getting more talent but still need better coaching. There are now a few teams starting to succeed but until coaching changes happen more it\\\'s going to stay as it is. Same for the breakers. They had some winning teams and a mass exodus happened in multiple birth years. Same goes for the kings, and terriers. It goes up and down with every team. Just because one team succeeds and another fails doesn\\\'t mean the kids aren\\\'t at that level, it could be coaching, skills, etc. I don\\\'t get why any grown man or woman would crap all over other kids. Maybe you got cut as a kid. Maybe your significant other left you. Maybe your under a delusion that your kid may make it pro. Whatever the reason, get a life. It\\\'s little kid hockey and whatever you call it it\\\'s still basically a town program.
What a moronic take. You people really over estimate how much a coach plays into a teams success. Put the best NHL coach behind the bench of a crappy youth team and you still aren\'t going to win games. Its based on talent pool and yes location has a massive factor into Bridgewater not being successful. Do you think towns like Canton, Hingham, etc are just lucky to have good players - no its income related and nothing more.
This is the dumbest thing I've read in a while. You do realize that 10-13 years old is the prime development years for these kids. Coaching and development literally means everything. Assuming the kid at 10 is the best at 15 just because he has skill proves you have an insanely low IQ. Coaching makes a huge difference. Recognizing where a kids short comings are and how to fill that gap and teach them the game means a ton. I feel bad for whatever kid or parents you are around because you are like most and just don't get it

Re: Bridgewater

anon
Amon
I\'ve been around the south shore my whole life. Been a part of multiple town organizations, mass hockey board, usa hockey board etc. It\'s not the kids, and it\'s not the location. They started trying to rebuild this last year. New kids, new coaches etc. Hasn\'t worked exactly the way they would want. It\'s alot like a new owner taking over an old business and having to weed out old employees. Lastxyear there were not alot of kids at tryouts. This year there were over 100 kids on one sheet for a few different birth years (should have been separated) but wasn\'t. The programs started getting more talent but still need better coaching. There are now a few teams starting to succeed but until coaching changes happen more it\'s going to stay as it is. Same for the breakers. They had some winning teams and a mass exodus happened in multiple birth years. Same goes for the kings, and terriers. It goes up and down with every team. Just because one team succeeds and another fails doesn\'t mean the kids aren\'t at that level, it could be coaching, skills, etc. I don\'t get why any grown man or woman would crap all over other kids. Maybe you got cut as a kid. Maybe your significant other left you. Maybe your under a delusion that your kid may make it pro. Whatever the reason, get a life. It\'s little kid hockey and whatever you call it it\'s still basically a town program.
What a moronic take. You people really over estimate how much a coach plays into a teams success. Put the best NHL coach behind the bench of a crappy youth team and you still aren't going to win games. Its based on talent pool and yes location has a massive factor into Bridgewater not being successful. Do you think towns like Canton, Hingham, etc are just lucky to have good players - no its income related and nothing more.
I agree with some of this. I think there are some kids that simply aren't going to be talented at hockey and the parents need to figure that out. Good coaching is absolutely important. You don't want a coach who doesn't really give a sh@t and there are plenty of coaches out there like that. Good coaches also make an effort to find and recruit good players in the area. Income does play a role I guess but what plays more of a role is the time a parent is willing to give. I've met plenty of parents who have money who didn't want their kids to play hockey because it's dangerous or they wanted them to do other things but a lot of parents simply didn't want a life of bringing kids to a rink all the time. It's takes up many weekends and maybe they wanted to ski instead. Club hockey isn't cheap but if you live in the MA area and have a decent job that shouldn't break the bank. So I don't think it's all about income here. I've also heard of people getting discounts if the club thinks they're worth it.


Re: Bridgewater

Anon
The Bandits model is better than most as is the league the play in. The problem is the toxic culture the management bleeds into the system. It\'s embarrassing to even have a discussion with the knuckle dragger heading up the youth program. Speaking to him for more than 5 minutes will just hurt your brain.

If you want to look into rules just watch a practice. 75% of the coaches blatantly ignore the USA hockey helmet policy.

Their elite teams can\'t win more than 4 or 5 games a season and have no business entering teams at that level. Just put them in the \"tier 1\", which is really tier 2 or even 3, where they would be competitive at some age groups.
Based on everything you just said, it doesn't appear as though they have a good model...

Re: Bridgewater

Anon
Anon
The Bandits model is better than most as is the league the play in. The problem is the toxic culture the management bleeds into the system. It\\\'s embarrassing to even have a discussion with the knuckle dragger heading up the youth program. Speaking to him for more than 5 minutes will just hurt your brain.

If you want to look into rules just watch a practice. 75% of the coaches blatantly ignore the USA hockey helmet policy.

Their elite teams can\\\'t win more than 4 or 5 games a season and have no business entering teams at that level. Just put them in the \\\"tier 1\\\", which is really tier 2 or even 3, where they would be competitive at some age groups.
Based on everything you just said, it doesn't appear as though they have a good model...
They don't. That is painfully obvious

Re: Bridgewater

TP cursed the Bandits everything he touches goes to s**t. Now the Bandits are dealing with the mess he made. Bandits owners should of listened to the guy that was there before him who was turning the program around

Re: Bridgewater

Anon
TP cursed the Bandits everything he touches goes to s**t. Now the Bandits are dealing with the mess he made. Bandits owners should of listened to the guy that was there before him who was turning the program around
Owners screwed that one up by letting TP in the door, and knowing people would leave as a result. That's on owner for allowing that to happen. Once those birthyears age out (08-13's) that place will start to recover. Maybe the 15's will be first group to be competitive.

Re: Bridgewater

Anon
Anon
TP cursed the Bandits everything he touches goes to s**t. Now the Bandits are dealing with the mess he made. Bandits owners should of listened to the guy that was there before him who was turning the program around
Owners screwed that one up by letting TP in the door, and knowing people would leave as a result. That's on owner for allowing that to happen. Once those birthyears age out (08-13's) that place will start to recover. Maybe the 15's will be first group to be competitive.
The '15 elite bandits have lost all their games. The 2014 team doesn't seem to play anymore ? The 2014 'elite' breakers have not won a game yet. Seems like the breakers '14 selects team is better than the elite team. These programs aren't just going to make a comeback. The parents follow where the talent is now.

Re: Bridgewater

Anon
Anon
Anon
TP cursed the Bandits everything he touches goes to s**t. Now the Bandits are dealing with the mess he made. Bandits owners should of listened to the guy that was there before him who was turning the program around
Owners screwed that one up by letting TP in the door, and knowing people would leave as a result. That\'s on owner for allowing that to happen. Once those birthyears age out (08-13\'s) that place will start to recover. Maybe the 15\'s will be first group to be competitive.
The '15 elite bandits have lost all their games. The 2014 team doesn't seem to play anymore ? The 2014 'elite' breakers have not won a game yet. Seems like the breakers '14 selects team is better than the elite team. These programs aren't just going to make a comeback. The parents follow where the talent is now.
Didnt know that, my kids are out of that age and in HS. My kids were finishing up there when TP was coming in. No one seemed happy about it. The guy before TP seemed good, and the guy before that guy was also pretty solid (Minus his previous issue with the ECHL team and money laundering, good movie though you should watch it)

It seems every few years that Bandits program finds a way to screw up a good thing. Programs screw up all the time, but the bandits have done more than others. Usually when a program does that its a few years to recover because of the older/younger brother effect. If they are still struggling they have bigger problems than just what that guy did. someone said they had 100 at tryouts for one birth year. To me that's a positive

Re: Bridgewater

Anon
Anon
Anon
Anon
TP cursed the Bandits everything he touches goes to s**t. Now the Bandits are dealing with the mess he made. Bandits owners should of listened to the guy that was there before him who was turning the program around
Owners screwed that one up by letting TP in the door, and knowing people would leave as a result. That\\\'s on owner for allowing that to happen. Once those birthyears age out (08-13\\\'s) that place will start to recover. Maybe the 15\\\'s will be first group to be competitive.
The \'15 elite bandits have lost all their games. The 2014 team doesn\'t seem to play anymore ? The 2014 \'elite\' breakers have not won a game yet. Seems like the breakers \'14 selects team is better than the elite team. These programs aren\'t just going to make a comeback. The parents follow where the talent is now.
Didnt know that, my kids are out of that age and in HS. My kids were finishing up there when TP was coming in. No one seemed happy about it. The guy before TP seemed good, and the guy before that guy was also pretty solid (Minus his previous issue with the ECHL team and money laundering, good movie though you should watch it)

It seems every few years that Bandits program finds a way to screw up a good thing. Programs screw up all the time, but the bandits have done more than others. Usually when a program does that its a few years to recover because of the older/younger brother effect. If they are still struggling they have bigger problems than just what that guy did. someone said they had 100 at tryouts for one birth year. To me that's a positive
I think it has to do with all the programs in the area. There are too many on the south shore and it gets confusing to navigate and they take business/talent away from each other. If you look north or even metro west there are way fewer to choose from. People have less options which sometimes makes it easier

Re: Bridgewater

anon
Anon
Anon
Anon
Anon
TP cursed the Bandits everything he touches goes to s**t. Now the Bandits are dealing with the mess he made. Bandits owners should of listened to the guy that was there before him who was turning the program around
Owners screwed that one up by letting TP in the door, and knowing people would leave as a result. That\\\\\\\'s on owner for allowing that to happen. Once those birthyears age out (08-13\\\\\\\'s) that place will start to recover. Maybe the 15\\\\\\\'s will be first group to be competitive.
The \\\'15 elite bandits have lost all their games. The 2014 team doesn\\\'t seem to play anymore ? The 2014 \\\'elite\\\' breakers have not won a game yet. Seems like the breakers \\\'14 selects team is better than the elite team. These programs aren\\\'t just going to make a comeback. The parents follow where the talent is now.
Didnt know that, my kids are out of that age and in HS. My kids were finishing up there when TP was coming in. No one seemed happy about it. The guy before TP seemed good, and the guy before that guy was also pretty solid (Minus his previous issue with the ECHL team and money laundering, good movie though you should watch it)

It seems every few years that Bandits program finds a way to screw up a good thing. Programs screw up all the time, but the bandits have done more than others. Usually when a program does that its a few years to recover because of the older/younger brother effect. If they are still struggling they have bigger problems than just what that guy did. someone said they had 100 at tryouts for one birth year. To me that\'s a positive
I think it has to do with all the programs in the area. There are too many on the south shore and it gets confusing to navigate and they take business/talent away from each other. If you look north or even metro west there are way fewer to choose from. People have less options which sometimes makes it easier
sort of like a team in southern CT with no other programs to compete with and parents with very deep pockets?

Re: Bridgewater

Good guy and money laundering in the same sentence. Really?

I did see bridgewater middle school team play. Lots of bandits pants and their two best players....NOT in Bandits pants.

Go Figure.

Re: Bridgewater

helmet rule...really? cant say that ive seen that.

Re: Bridgewater

Saw some bandits team practicing at the new Lovell rink tonight. Shouldn't the lovells be worried about the mighty EHF taking business from them?

Re: Bridgewater

Anon
Saw some bandits team practicing at the new Lovell rink tonight. Shouldn't the lovells be worried about the mighty EHF taking business from them?
No bandits teams were practicing there

Re: Bridgewater

You sure on that ? I saw kids walk by me in their equipment and shirts that said bridgewater bandits.