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Everything posted by aaaahockey

  1. To all the Dad Coaches. What a thankless job!
  2. This should say "starting at" because you then have to start paying regular team fees for ice and other things. And I don't mean just SHAHA, this is true of all the "AAA" teams including Pens. And if you are worried your kid is on the bubble, get ready to pay for every extra workout, skills training, and in the case of Pens even school 😂
  3. Are you including travel? That makes a big difference. I could see 6-8 for all the fees etc without including the travel. Going to be substantially higher depending on game schedules.
  4. https://myhockeyrankings.com/news.php?b=902 Looks like they will stop giving out numerical ranking numbers for first year peewee and under. Thoughts? Does this address some people's concern in here?
  5. Non-profit just means they are supposed to do certain things to benefit the community with their revenues. Look at the billions UPMC rakes in every year and they are non-profit as well. Pens Elite brings in a lot of money and pays some nice salaries to their staff and, like UPMC, are always trying to increase revenue.
  6. As far as I'm concerned it would make it hard to find games to schedule for my teams. I love the rankings. It's a great tool to use to find competitive games. I don't like how people use them to drive the fever craziness though.
  7. https://myhockeyrankings.com/news.php?b=901
  8. Depends on where people live but I would think SHAHA would be closer for people who live in TJ. If you live south of there southpointe across 70 or down to Morgantown?
  9. It improved in that you can drink the water now without dying. Other than that I'm with you
  10. I think in general North Pittsburgh. Renegades I would lump in with SHAHA and some of the other "rougher" places. Lebo has the best parents but as pointed out above they have one of the worst ice situations in Pittsburgh.
  11. I would like to re-emphasize a point that has been made elsewhere here. It really isn't about having dad coaches or not. It's more about how the dad coaches coach. If the coach only or over-focuses on their own kid (lines, play time, special teams, skill development) then it is a problem. If they are able to see the whole team and develop them, it isn't. There are great dad coaches and terrible dad coaches out there. There are great non-dad coaches and terrible non-dad coaches out there. Also, AAA seems hit or miss on which ones have parent coaches and which ones don't (including PPE), not dissimilar to PAHL AA - so much so I'm not even sure it should be a part of the overall AAA conversation.
  12. Talking about 11s we have hit rock bottom. Have some perspective. Someone needs to replicate @Sauceychart and see how many mites had to play elite to make it to the show 🤔
  13. Agreed and thanks for sharing this. Finally some real content 😂
  14. The most shocking thing about that chart to me is that birth month is less important than I expected. Are these scholarship players only?
  15. Ask yourself this question. The typo (pay instead of play) is very accurate. I have no idea to be honest with you.
  16. Tell them to play PAHL and get good grades because it's super easy to get a scholarship for academics if you maintain above a 3.2 or so GPA and that there are many things in life such as family and friends more important than hockey.
  17. I think most if not all of their tryouts are over. Ask my friend Lou
  18. If we did it "correctly" contact would begin at mites and full checking as soon as the kids can do it properly without hurting each other. Instead because of poor coaching, wussying of society, inconsistent reffing, and the ability to milk parents of money until bantam when their children quit early, we put off checking until puberty when kids differ 4-6 inches and 20-100 lbs. Very smart!
  19. If you get cut, then you take the road to Cleveland!
  20. Results don't really matter. Preds will also find more people willing to pay for an extra A. Happens every single year despite results on the ice or blowups that happen among teams.
  21. Question because it seems like this is happening across multiple years. Are people moving to Florida for hockey or for weather/politics? I know the kid who got drafted went to Florida for a while right? I never really thought about Florida as a place to move to develop hockey but maybe I'm old school or out of the loop?
  22. SHAHA had a lot more than 4 teams last year. My hockey rankings lists 15 teams above mites. A few of the top AA teams created their own sub-websites and those were the ones listed. The ice advantage they have comes from the fact SHAHA and Bethel HS basically rent all of the ice. There isn't figure skating, open skates, learn to skate, etc. on a regular schedule there during the season. They also don't cram teams on a tiny studio ice like Lebo does. I think the down side is it sounds like several of their teams are starting to get in the business of chasing As and I guess we will see how that works out. Their 09 team was strong in PAHL but tied several games and I'm still not sure what possessed them to want to go independent. The older AAA teams have had some mixed levels of success. The Lebo 08 team (becoming SHAHA) was 66th in the country last year. That to me seems borderline going independent but as everyone else points out in here where are they going to find competition if all these other 08 teams are going independent in the area?
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