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  1. 6 points
    That's your opinion along with the Governor and his Health Secretary. A health secretary who among other things moved her mother out of a nursing home at the very start of this mess while at the same time sent positive patients back into other homes such as the one in Beaver County. That facility is the SOLE reason Beaver county is still in the Red phase. That leaves a lot of room to question their plans as well as their motives You have your Fauci's with one opinion, people from Stanford with another and last night I saw another doctor who had his message removed from youtube just like may others have. His message was this, the schools and children weren't at risk and we closed them immediately. The senior care facilities were the highest risk and they took forever to be closed. If we left the schools open, there would have been a better chance for building herd immunity. The bottom line is this, you don't know. I don't know and I'm not sure anyone really does know. So, for two months we have listened to their "rules" and now it's time to get back to life if you're so inclined OR stay at home in fear of something that is the unknown and which the duration is also unknown. Just not the way this country is supposed to work.
  2. 5 points
    How do you propose to enforce this. I don't think USA Hockey is going to send someone to a rink to take names. I am actually quite shocked by the people who are whining about a rink renting their ice out. How will you feel if rinks have to close because they have had no income for 4 or 5 months. How would it affect youth hockey if the number of rinks in western pa is cut in half when it gets to green. And for arguments sake tell me what it is going to take to get to green. How can you work toward something with no guidelines. People are tired of government just making things up, No one is being forced to skate. Maybe just maybe there are people skating for the love of the game. I would like to think that most people are well aware of the risks involved with being in public. We are in this for the long haul. No quick fix. Time to get on with life! And yes that most likely means the inflated numbers are going to go up, people are going to get sick. Most will recover some will not. I live in a country that up until now gave me the choice to live my life free from oppression. I'd like to get back to that. Enough of my rantings. Time
  3. 4 points
    THIS IS GOING TO SOUND CRAZY!!!! How about everyone worry about their own kid!!!! Most of the parents who are raising issues about this are jealous and are the same types of parents that openly complain to their child about the coach or teammates. The supposed favorites are usually the kids that works harder than everyone else, loves the game, wants to be at the rink, and listens, which is the reason why their one of the better players on the team and getting more ice time. It’s not the coach’s fault, it’s the players, because I guarantee the player isn’t working hard, goofs around, doesn’t listen, isn’t skilled enough and causes the team problems. Rather than worry about what other kids and organizations (that your kid isn’t skilled enough to make) are doing you should worry about teaching your kid how to take responsibility for themselves and not shift blame.
  4. 4 points
    willing to bet 90% of people on this board would send their kids to the rink for full games or tryouts tomorrow- with no fear. in talking to many dems and republicans i don’t know anyone who fears school or sports. perhaps they will take precautions and be careful around the vulnerable people in their lives, but that’s it. and it’s not a matter of doing anything so that “little johnnie” shines - it’s just that most people who i know just don't have the fear that everyone says the media has instilled.
  5. 3 points
    Lol! That rink has a bit of a goose problem on the creek side. They crap on everything.
  6. 3 points
    You don't post here much then do you? We don't actually solve anything, or have any meaningful discussions here, that must be done on a different board.
  7. 3 points
    Rules should always be followed. That's why I always drive 55 on the interstate around the city and never let my kids play knee hockey in a hotel. I also never eat less than 30 minutes before getting in the swimming pool, never litter, always get a building permit when I do home repairs, and never curse in front of my mother. Scouts honor!
  8. 3 points
    Honestly, and I've never noticed this on the past so hopefully I'm wrong, but this entire thread stinks of "my kid didn't get invited I'm jealous" or at a minimum "I'm terrified in my house and jealous other people aren't". Let kids play sports and get some exercise. Save the liability bull$ for people who care.
  9. 3 points
    PAHL HQ - that's appropriate
  10. 3 points
    Prepping them for Prep school! Makes about as much sense as PPE's new *not associated with any school* Prep team. Haven't you heard about the new Pittsburgh Super Selects High Performance Elite Prospect Prep 6U Mite team?
  11. 3 points
    Extra special team that parents will pay a premium for Duh.
  12. 3 points
    I mean really. Old people die every day. We have plenty of beds and ventilators for all those old people. Let's get to playing hockey already!
  13. 3 points
    I'll be honest. I don't know what that means. The only thing I have nightmares about is that 6 months ago if I told you that the government was going to tell you where you could go, who you could see, what you could wear and what you could buy, everyone would have thought would never happen. Well, it has happened and some people are ok with it.
  14. 3 points
    I bet you have nightmares about Don Lemon tickling your feet.
  15. 3 points
    You tell him Eddie!!!! I agree 100% Besides that, who thinks we will see business as usual any time soon. I will practice social distancing and all the rest of the guidelines and still go out in public. That is just the new normal. I can't believe anyone thinks they can live with a shutdown of our lives until the virus is gone. There has to be a middle ground. I am very interested in hearing more about AAU Hockey. Thanks for the info. Do you know of any teams in SWPA? Competition for USA Hockey would be a good thing.
  16. 2 points
    If a coach needs to see a kid at 100% of his sport specific abilities at tryouts they have zero intention of developing their abilities throughout the season. And spare me parental opinions on what constitutes the “top players” at tryouts. Each coach needs to evaluate and select players that he or she will be able to properly develop and mold into the team structure. Not everyone values the same thing. But to suggest that a player that goes to play baseball or run track instead of playing 3 on 3, spring league or joining any number of events that rinks put on to keep the lights on in the summer, has any less to offer than a player whose manual dexterity related to puck handling is slightly sharper is moronic and why the sport has such a bad rep at the amateur level. The number of competent coaches within USA hockey is dwindling. But what’s worse is that Joe and Joyce MeddleParent know it all and think it’s always a conspiracy. Good coaches value athleticism, speed, strength, and work ethic. That’s what you look for at a tryout if you have any thoughts of being a good coach in any sport. If a player lacks any one of those attributes, the others better be elite. All sport specific skills can be honed and attained with those attributes in place. What type of skills the coach prefers will always show in their players. With that in mind, these coaches deserve compensation. But you can’t have Joe and Joyce dictating whether or not these guys are competent or not. But what a confounding situation you have when USA hockey has decided that J&J are what matter. That’s why you’ll see coaching competence go south. Nobody wants the hassle and USA hockey prefers controllable assets. Daddy coaches, step right up!
  17. 2 points
    Rumor has it Alpha is in deep with issues surrounding the lack of social distancing and mask wearing by some of its patrons. I guess someone has repeatedly given warning to the geese to stop congregating in small groups, wear masks but to no avail. The local magistrate, when asked, said he was highly concerned about these geese (and ducks) disregard for CDC guidelines, and that they continue to congregate and shit all over the parking lot. If these Geese cause a breakout, will their affiliates take action against them. We all know the members of the gander who are blatant disobeying the rules. Wonder what happens next??
  18. 2 points
    The players have probably moved on in their own minds yet mommy an daddy just can't let it go. Poor Bobby should never have to suffer this injustice.
  19. 2 points
    Allegheny and Butler counties going Green starting next Friday.
  20. 2 points
    This is quite different though. This isn't truly (or shouldn't be if we are talking "science") about kids or their parents at the rinks dying. That's such a small % chance it's laughable. This is about hypothetical risk to others, killing "granny" if you will. There are quite a few equivalents to the idea of driving, going places in flu season, taking children on ATVs, etc. Even though this virus is worse than those as far as risk to others and possibly to self depending on your situation, we make calculated risks every day about what we think are acceptable or unacceptable consequences. No one wants to put out a number of lives that make something acceptable but there is one somewhere. If we are going to make policy and enforce that on others someone needs to come up with a real metric. Originally it was hospital capacity. Now it's "lives". That bar keeps moving and no one is willing to say "here is the measure or here is the metric that makes risk acceptable". We are all lying if we say playing hockey isn't worth risking one life. People die playing sports, driving to sports, etc. So how many lives is it? Or is it hospital capacity? Or is it making people sick? And none of that gets into the tradeoffs involved in "keeping things closed". It's honestly a conversation we need to be having. Or should we just stop playing sports forever? What if a vaccine never comes (WHO says that's possible)? No more school sports or restaurants for the rest of our lives?
  21. 2 points
    I actually agree with you and it's also up to the individual parents. My sarcasm in the last post was a response to King about when "rules" apply. I have not participated in any hockey activities and probably won't until it is officially allowed. At the same time, it isn't my job to go around whining about other people who choose to do so or try to morality shame them or snitch on them or anything else. If someone wants to enforce the rules, be it a government organization or a sporting authority like Mid-Am, PAHL, or USA Hockey, it's easy enough to see who is participating and who isn't and that's their perogative. It's looking more and more as though nothing is going to be enforced and I'm perfectly OK with that.
  22. 2 points
    Minding your own business seems hard these days
  23. 2 points
    Yeah Nemesis! Here is a topic we can agree on. My kid was never a "goal scorer", but did have a fairly successful career as a d-man with a great +/-, perfect tape-to-tape passes and rarely lost a battle on the boards. Always towards the bottom of the stats list after Peewee's (that when he realized he had a role to play on the team, which was skating it coast-to-coast and shooting). A lot of times when people came calling on him I was always surprised because of his lack of goals, but every coach pointed out (just like you did), there is more to this game than scoring goals. Great post, thanks
  24. 2 points
    I would agree that pihl teams don’t seem to always play their best players for whatever reason (first you have to get them to join the team). Tier 1 kids get frustrated watching a dman think he’s Paul Coffey leading the rush just to turn the puck over at the opponents blue line or line mates playIng 3 on 3 Superman hockey, but I suppose both of these should be put on coaching. Regardless of skill level and skating ability, kids should be taught to move the puck, use your line mates. The best thing I’ve ever heard a coach yell during a game “you can’t skate the fn thing faster than you can pass it”.
  25. 2 points
    North Pittsburgh is not forming teams at this time. We intend to hold tryouts as usual, once the pandemic lets up and our home facility is re-opened. A tryout schedule will be posted once there is clarity on our rink's status. Daryl Dolan Director of Travel Hockey
  26. 2 points
    The “evenly balanced teams” is always brought up by the parents on the board that have kids that can’t cut it on the “higher level” teams and want their kids to be on a winning team. And don’t be too quick to pay the backs of the parents that shot it down. They more than likely have motives as well. Having even teams eliminates the “top team”. So no bragging rights. Plus I’m sure the weak-willed board members didn’t put up much of a fight. This is absolutely no different than any parent who wants their kid to play on a AAA team for the status. This is why I always say to blame the parent for being self serving before you’re going to blame the organization for being greedy. Believe me, self serving parents came long before the greedy organizations. They created the monster.
  27. 2 points
    Come on @Eddie Shore. Wise up. Men can own hair salons too.
  28. 2 points
    I'd say this has about a 1% chance of happening. The fact that they're still discussing this is enough to justify cleaning house with their leadership.
  29. 2 points
    In good news, Georgia has the least hospitalized and least on vents since April 8. If that trend continues we should be golden by mid summer.
  30. 2 points
    Typical lib, I live in beaver county. It’s cleaner than Allegheny, all the problem is one nursing home. Quarantine the home and workers. The pandemic is bs to begin with, go read about the Hong Kong flu, it’s a similar virus.
  31. 2 points
    "Amadio along with the other county commissioners said the governor told local leaders his decision was based off the number of positive cases and deaths coming out of Brighton Rehab and Wellness Center. “The nursing home outbreak is not a new development, it’s been going on for weeks and this administration’s irrational decision to sit on the sidelines at the beginning and the Department of Health’s failed oversight has now resulted in that administration punishing all of Beaver County,” said Commissioner Daniel Camp. Camp tells KDKA to date there are 333 positive COVID-19 cases between residents and staff plus 71 related deaths in this nursing home. There are 78 coronavirus-related deaths in Beaver County total. County Commissioner Jack Manning said it doesn’t make sense everyone else in the region can open, while the governor “puts a wall” around Beaver County for one nursing home. He said it’s his job to protect the welfare of businesses and residents, which is why he won’t be backing the governor’s decision." Yeah, deprive the county businesses of a living because of an outbreak pretty much contained to one place. Does that make sense to you? I'm glad to hear that the County DA won't prosecute people who open their business.
  32. 2 points
    If it takes 10-12 weeks to get to the green we are going to see a lot of businesses open against the orders. Some are already defying the Governors orders We all know of Hair Salons that are quietly opening to preferred customers. What he did to Beaver County is ridiculous. At this point we should all know the risks associated with going out to public places. If rinks were to open next week with restrictions I would let my kids go. I will probably get them a clear face shield, Make them dress and undress at home. The problem I see is how will restaurants, gyms, salons survive on 25% capacity. Most are built on 50 to 75% just to breakeven.
  33. 2 points
  34. 2 points
    This right here is so true. We had a ton of sick kids on both travel and PIHL teams last season. This is why I believe having a reliable anti-body test is just as important as testing for the actual virus because I believe we will see many of us have already had it. My company has an office in California. Half the office was out sick in February with some unknown sickness. Everyone now believes it was COVID, and likely explains why the numbers in CA are less than PA....not because they are following the lockdown better or started sooner, but because they've already had it and didn't know it.
  35. 2 points
    To date ( My company works with hospitals ) upmc mercy has taken care of 8 cases, Saint Clair 1, upmc East 3, Allegheny 5, upmc south side zero and this is where the testing is being done. I’d say this entire “pandemic” is over blown and unfortunately it’s turning into a political game. I would also wager that most kids that play hockey, along with their parents have antibodies for covid 19. This was by far the worse season of sickness on hockey teams. Dec-feb “the flu” went through most teams.
  36. 1 point
    Means everyone that has been open will stay open 🙂
  37. 1 point
    Not to minimize it but my gut tells me bad PR for hiring a racist is about to be the least of their troubles. Just remember my opinions that we’re looking at Anti-Trust violations (not just for this incident but a pattern nation wide in all affiliates) and I wouldn’t be shocked to see many officials in the affiliates caught violating the conflict of interest clauses that are alleged in the Athletic article. Remember the idiot that claimed in here “parents don’t give a shit about what USA hockey does!” Well that slack jawed yoekel is the exact type of person that they count on either being afraid of them taking away their ability to keep up with the joneses or looking the other way and doing nothing because “it can’t happen here”. Follow the herd sheep. And make sure your kids follow too.
  38. 1 point
    I wouldn’t worry if I were you. I’m sure the coaches, organizations and rinks are taking the necessary precautions and following the rules. But if this is weighing that heavily on you, just keep your kid outa little longer until you feel more comfortable. It’s up to you.
  39. 1 point
    I agree but my point is most of the higher skilled kids are moving the puck and playing their positions correctly, d that know when to join the rush etc. the middle of the road kids seem to be the ones that want to play 3 on 3 style and try to score every goal alone, that frustrates the higher skilled kids.
  40. 1 point
    Typical. You try to insert yourself into a conversation to feel relevant then back off and say the post was “innocuous”. You’re clueless. Every post you make proves my points. Get in line sheep.
  41. 1 point
    Thanks for the clarification. So this answers a couple questions and leaves a couple unanswered. First, Apparently, USA hockey has zero jurisdiction and this facility showed that. Unless they’ve been given some kind of special blessing by the “governing body”, they’re not in charge of private businesses the way they feel they are. But they have done an expert job of legally distancing themselves from any liability. Second, why the censorship of posts if the rink themselves have posted its open @Paul Baxter? Third, in my opinion, personal politics and personal safety are not considered by parents desperate for inclusion to the party. In my opinion, If there was a study that determined a certain rink was ground zero for COVID-19, these people would willingly throw their kids into it to make sure they have a hotel party with their “friends” during the season. Four, what are spring teams practicing for if the tournaments have no rink to play at? Somebody is making money on this while the people paying are out of work. Typical of the business but once again, my opinions keep looking like safe bets.
  42. 1 point
    I used the speakeasy reference the other day in talking to someone. And it’ll be a matter of time before some idiot parent makes a call to the state and USA hockey to tattle in the rinks
  43. 1 point
    He's right about this. Without sanctioning from a body like USA Hockey, you don't even have the fiction of coverage at a rink.
  44. 1 point
    I heard from somebody in central PA that apparently the State College association was proposing going to "balanced teams" as opposed to putting the like skilled players together and trying to play at as high a level as possible within PAHL. Apparently this got shot down once parents heard about it, but it goes to prove what "The King" wrote above.
  45. 1 point
    there’s a snowballs chance in hell I agree.
  46. 1 point
    What is the criteria to go from Yellow to Green? No one knows! Supposed to be guided by some model CMU is putting together? Once again at discretion of this Governor. No clear guidelines or measurables. Wolf is a joke! Did you see his press conference yesterday. Kept saying refer to the FAQ section. How can he not know if he is the one guiding the ship.
  47. 1 point
    Pay attention to this. In particular the Presumed rostering and playing of games under the USA hockey umbrella. If this is allowed, it sets a very bad precedent. You can’t allow circumstances like this (graduated players, special rostering, etc) then enforce rules and claim insurance liabilities. Again, I’ve stated their rules are nothing more than lawyer speak that won’t hold up in an actual court anyway. But if this is allowed it would be the height of their hypocrisy. If the PIHL goes against their wishes (while I applaud it as it will show their authority to be the sham it is) they will be ostracized and penalized. Falsely and many violations of ethics and rights will occur in my opinion. Mark my words. But I do agree, let it go for the kids sake. It makes no sense. If it is a couple of parents, that’s typical.
  48. 1 point
    Careful Paul, posting stuff like that will get you put in the Right Wing Nut Job category by ctil20
  49. 1 point
    There you have it. Average age of 79. I thought I had heard something along those lines the other day about our area specifically and thought that it seemed like too high of an average age. I guess not. 60% of those deaths had at least 2 comorbidities. Time to reopen in full swing.
  50. 1 point
    I’ll have to disagree with most of PB’s assessment - I’ll leave it at that. Great book about 1918 pandemic by John Barry, The Great Influenza.
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