An Advisers Life – Picking A Tier III Team

Right about now many of you are finding out that you are not making a Tier II team.  You have spent the entire summer going from camp to camp only to find out what you should have known already.  You are not ready for Tier II.

Now there is nothing wrong with Tier III, and it can be a pathway to Tier II, and a pathway to NCAA D-3.  But lets be clear, there is NO league that offers a direct path to Tier II.

Leagues do not create opportunity.  Your effort, and the individual organization you play for help create opportunity.

If you think playing in any one league over another is going to give you a better opportunity to play Tier II, you are a simply reading too much propaganda.

Every league has good teams and bad teams.  The good teams work hard to promote players up and they can show a very lengthy track record of doing so.  It is the people within an organization that will help you move up to the next level.  Not a leagues set of initials.

If the Tier III team is recruiting you with the great dressing room, the nice bus, all the t-shirts and team gear, then you have a team recruiting you on nothing that can get you to the next level.

If a team is recruiting you based upon the players they can show you they moved up last year, and the training they will give you, then you have something worth listening to.

If they are willing to release you to a higher level “in season” they need to put it in writing and be willing to do it without receiving further compensation.

All of you players and parents really need to stop believing league propaganda.  Its nonsense.

If there was any Tier III league that was a direct path to Tier II then every player within the league would eventually move on to Tier II.  Can we all start using a little common sense please?

The question to ask yourself is; Why am I not ready for Tier II?

There is a reason.  You can either accept the reason and work on your game to improve it, or continue on in denial.  The hockey player works to improve his game and his opportunity.  The person who simply plays hockey continues on in denial blaming other people.

There is a difference between a hockey player and someone who plays hockey.  Which one are you going to be?

Joseph Kolodziej – Adviser

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