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hipcheck66

Pens Elite Black Eliminated? 40 Gold Buckets??

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I’m hearing a weird rumor at various Tryout Tuneups that the Pens Elite is eliminating the Black Team?  That they are looking to take 35-40 kids and have a floating roster?  Kids moving up and down based upon how they’re playing?  Heard there was a parent meeting with existing PPE parents discussing how this would work for 2019-20 season?

 

Anyone have insight on this, or is this just wild hockey parent talk?

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That is the current rumor.  Seems to make sense take the best 40 kids and let the talent come to the surface over the summer.  Hard to pick a team with 4-5 sessions.  I did hear from a PPE parent that everyone get the gold helmet this year.  If you look at the older BY teams its hard to argue the results.  Best game in town if you have the financial means.

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AA hockey at AAA pricing was starting to make the black teams a hard sell I think. Do they tell the parents where the kid is starting? I think it is a better model, but if people are there to play elite....there is still two teams and a gamble. Interesting.

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I think it would be a hard sale to get someone to pay that money and then wait all summer to see which team you played on?

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sounds like another attempt to secure their pockets.. i know most are not happy with the black program from rumors floating around, and a lot of people are not going to accept the position if they are on black, so this just sounds like another way to drag them back in at the "chance" your kid will make the show... but again, if ya got the cash and want the best, i guess there are things ya gotta swallow.  There are good and bad this model if they choose this route, as there are in any..

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Tryout results so far just list 2 teams both called “elite” with coach names - neither team designated as black. Are they really using this approach, and if so, are people accepting their spots?

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Each birthyear looks like they posted 2 teams and i would guess you can tell "team a" from "team b" by the coaches they just didn't list them black and gold. Why is there just one giant team for the 2010s with no coach?  That's the one that threw me. 

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Changed team to birthyear to make the comment clearer

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My understanding is that there were large numbers for that tryout due to the 8U "Elite" program they started last year.  They are going to practice through the summer and then divide the teams up.  They wanted more time to see that group of kids.

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