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.
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.
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
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.
Tired of hearing people say that it isn't real hockey until bantam and midgets.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
helmet rule...really? cant say that ive seen that.
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?
You sure on that ? I saw kids walk by me in their equipment and shirts that said bridgewater bandits.