Hey kids, its Friday and I bet everyone is looking forward to the weekend of games. I know I am. But one game that’s being played by certain Tier II teams trading players to Tier III teams and the lies being told has to end.
Its real simple kids, if you made a Tier II team and they try trading you to a Tier III team you don’t have to report! That’s right, they cant tell you where to play.
If you find yourself in this position, and you want to go to another Tier III league or up to Tier II in Canada, you can. You cant be forced into a place you don’t want to go.
Oh yeah, and when the Tier III coach tells you he owns your rights, he only owns your rights within his league. He doesn’t own your rights completely.
So all you dumb ass Tier III coaches trying to tell kids that because your affiliated with a certain team and they traded you to them that you have to stay there, you should probably shut up now.
Don’t go for the old song and dance that you should go there and play a few games to try it out either. The second you play a game for them you’re stuck with that team. Don’t sign any contracts, don’t even show up until you explore all your other options unless you really want to play for that team. In other words don’t be a fool.
Chances are if you made one Tier II team, you can probably catch on with another. Don’t let coaches lie or manipulate you. An affiliation doesn’t mean anything. Its just a marketing tool to get players to come to that team. It doesn’t mean the higher level team uses that team for call ups exclusively. They can call up a player from any team they want.
Its really time to educate yourselves parents and players. You might just want to read all the rules and get to know your rights. If you find yourself in this situation, and then find yourself stuck paying for something you didn’t bargain for, you have no one to blame but yourself.
Its time for USA Hockey to put an end to this practice. Its total garbage and does nothing but confuse players and parents and gives teams a chance to lie and manipulate them.
But hey this whole thing is a circus, and PT Barnum said it best…There’s a sucker born every minute. Or was it…someone needs to pick up the elephant poop?
David Wagner – The Angel Of Death – For Those Who Live Stupidly I salute You
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