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  1. NCAA players get "merit" scholarships all the time, even if they don't have a full athletic scholarship. Usually they are a collection of a lot of random small(ish) scholarships that add up to something significant. Everyone knows why they are receiving the scholarships. And it's also naive to think that athletic departments don't push college applications to the top of the list if it's an athlete they really want. Happens all the time. Admissions departments look at the full picture of the kid and aren't only looking at GPA and SAT scores. Athletics contribute to that overall picture of the kid. I'm glad a lot of the best prospects in the US and Canada are starting to see how good the NCAA development path is. Less games, more practice, more time in the gym, the start of an education, and just a great college experience compared to a kid playing a 68 game regular season schedule in the CHL. They end up playing 90+ games when all is said and done. That's too much for a kid in prime development years. I think we'll start to see more of the best prospects go USHL for two years and then head off to a good college program. I think that's smart.
  2. I started this thread, but in the Preds 09 defence, if they stayed AA, they likely would only have 1 or 2 teams that would give them competitive games out of the ten teams in 12U AA. It looks like they updated their name on MHR to now say "AAA" even though it's the same group of kids for the most part that have played AA PAHL for the past few years. As dumb as it is, adding that extra "A" may make it easier for them to schedule independent games once they made the decision to go that route. I personally don't like it when teams go independent because it weakens PAHL AA, but at the same time, they're a good team. I'm not going to call them "faux" AAA. Looks like in PA they may be bit below the Vengeance 09 team and right there with the Esmark 09 team. Hard to know how it will all shake out. https://myhockeyrankings.com/rank.php?y=2021&v=123&v2=124&s=PA And I can't believe I'm giving the Preds any credit at all, but I've heard they generally have decent non-dad coaches for their BY teams. Everyone on here rightfully so preaches development and I think (not always), non-parent coaches who have played at a decently high level are better for kids in terms of development. Again, there are exceptions to this, but at least the Preds have a lot of paid non-parent coaches.
  3. Divisions are up on the PAHL website under the "stats" tab.
  4. Interesting. But they didn't win the division in the playoffs?
  5. But in one scenario you concede possession and then try and win it again. In the other scenario you try and keep possession with deceptive skating and quick puck movement. If you have defenseman that know what they are doing the regroup will not be in traffic. They may occasionally have to evade a good aggressive skating forward but that's hockey. Make a move. Find an open guy. I'm honestly not 100% convinced one way or another about this rule change one way or another, but I am surprised how people are immediately against it like it's a completely cut and dry issue. I think the jury is still out. I like what USA Hockey is trying to accomplish with the rule.
  6. I heard that the South Pgh team was moved up from Major Black to AA after the appeal. I'm surprised a tie would accomplish that. That means the 12U AA division went from 8 teams to 10 teams after placements and appeals. Any other appeals that people know about? There are have to be some.
  7. Looking at the Aviators MHR, they've done ok against some AA teams that are a year older. Where did this team come from? I don't remember them last year in squirts.
  8. The only appeal game I know about is the South Pgh 2009 team appealing their 12U Major Black Placement. They played the Aviators 2010 team yesterday in an appeal game. MHR shows a 1-1 tie for the game. Looks like South Pgh also tied Yetis AA and lost by 1 to Lebo AA. Not sure how PAHL placement committee will view those results. I'm guessing that's not convincing enough and that they will stay at Major Black. Also based on the divisions that were posted earlier in this thread, it looks like the Aviators 2010 team will play PAHL AA this year. Kudos to them for staying in PAHL and playing teams almost exclusively a year older than they are.
  9. How has Logan Cooley looked this weekend?
  10. I’ve seen what you’re describing. For better teams it hasn’t made a huge difference. For worse teams the play is more choppy. We’ll see if they adapt or not.
  11. You're probably right. I don't really care too much if he knows who I am but for some reason I struck a nerve with him. I don't have some super secret agenda. I try and be reasonable on here but I guess some people just take it personally when they disagree with an opinion. I've been wrong about things before and I'm sure I'll be wrong about things again.
  12. You sir, are a weird dude. What am advocating exactly? And who is it that you think I am?
  13. I have no axe to grind. I’ve really never had any major issue with placements. PAHL does a nice job imo. All I’m saying is that if an organization has two teams, there could be a wide delta between the top player and the bottom player on each team. Not saying that’s bad at all, just saying that has the potential to make placement more challenging. But they usually get it right. I have no clue what I said to make you think I have an issue with smaller organizations. Your comment makes no sense.
  14. This is a good argument. We'll see how it plays out.
  15. That’s interesting. Placing teams in smaller orgs is challenging because there can be a large talent disparity between the top and bottom of the roster. You see this much less at places that field 5+ teams at each age group.
  16. Surely someone! Org presidents were supposed to receive them last night.
  17. It’s always hilarious when someone tries to make (wrong) assumptions about someone instead of offering solid arguments. 😂 Delayed offsides by definition = non-possession. This new rule change is subtle but it emphasizes skill and decision making under pressure. To me that’s a good thing. I’m not arguing it’s validity based on whether or not it’s easy or difficult for the refs. I’m arguing based on kids development as hockey players. Take away the easy option and actually make them think and be creative. And I didn’t mention anything about the PK.
  18. More continuous play actually. You really think dumping and chasing is skilled hockey with fluid play? That’s the easiest play for the unskilled and robotic player. Look at all those players making it to the next level because they can shove the puck up the boards constantly and dump and chase! So much skill!
  19. It’s because kids are rushing things and wilt under pressure and panic and just get rid of the puck. This change will force the issue. We’ll have more skilled players and better decision makers.
  20. One whistle after another because kids will be continuously offsides? Challenge the kids to make decisions and maintain possession. They may surprise you. Kids are adaptable. We’ll develop players better without them all blasting it into the zone along the boards during regroups. It takes more creativity and skill to play with the new rules. I’m not sure that’s even debatable.
  21. What are the costs associated with playing four independently scheduled games in a weekend vs the cost is playing in a four-game tournament. Ignore hotel and travel costs for this comparison.
  22. Wow. Would you mind sharing some particulars? That’s a pretty drastic change. How did it work out in the end?
  23. My initial reaction to the automatic offsides change is positive. Anything that forces possession and control of the puck at all costs is a good thing. With this new rule kids are going to have to make quicker decisions, be more deceptive with the puck, and maintain possession by passing. In youth hockey there is so much play along the boards and so much dumping and chasing. It’s borderline gross to watch. I think this change could help unleash and develop skill with our kids. But this change certainly goes against the old school “dump and chase” and parents and coaches screaming “use the boards” mentality. Do you want old school hockey or do you want to develop puck skills? That’s what this comes down to.
  24. Anyone have the placements/divisions yet? Association presidents should have those at some point today. I’m guessing there is someone on the placement committee in this forum. PAHL does a surprisingly good job with placements. I do feel like the misplacements are usually the smaller organizations. Their formula which considers where kids played the previous year isn’t as helpful with the small organizations. But then placement games usually sort this out pretty well at least from my experience.
  25. Unless the SHAHA 09 team is able to play the Pens or Vengeance 09 teams (and no, they aren’t as strong as those two teams), they aren’t going to find competitive games locally. They may lose a game in AA PAHL this year, but they’ll outshoot their opponents 2-1 just about every game. I actually like how they are structuring things. They are playing PAHL AA (unlike Preds 09 who aren’t as strong) and supplementing with a lot of independent games. Cleveland Barons, Team Ohio, etc. It would be bizarre for that team not to travel this year. To me this is how things should work. Don’t go independent until you absolutely dominate PAHL AA. Until then, it just hurts PAHL hockey for teams to go independent.
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