Stupid is as stupid does. Yeah, I know this story is about a girls program and this is the Junior Hockey News. Why am I even covering this story?
Because if we are all not really concerned with every level of programming being offered, or killed off in this case, then we really don’t give a shit about any program at all.
Compuware AAA hockey is a recognized leading brand of player development. No argument can be made against that statement. Boys and girls have been benefiting from Compuware hockey for many years.
Now the Girls AAA program, housed in the arena that USA Hockey owns, in other words the arena that you the USA Hockey members own, is getting shut down. Shut down because of some arcane recommendation that makes absolutely no sense.
USA Hockey has a recommendation that says no more than 20% of all girls players can play at the Tier 1 level.
Yep, once again USA Hockey and now the Michigan Amateur Hockey Association are stepping on their collective pee pee’s.
So, instead of keeping this established program, MAHA follows the absolutely ridiculous USA Hockey recommendation. So these girls now, are forced go try out for other programs in the area. If that doesn’t work out, they get forced to lower level teams in the area, or they leave the area for other AAA teams.
All this done in the desire to keep numbers up at lower levels of play. All this done without thinking these players are more likely to leave the area than to play at a lower level! When are these rule making idiots going to pull their heads out of their asses?!?!
Nearly 70 girls now have to find new teams. Yep, forget the fact that now some kids will likely have to move away from home to play Tier 1. Forget the fact that by moving away from home these families will be disrupted. Forget that these girls in some instances wont be able to graduate High School with their classmates.
You seriously have to wonder what the hell these decision makers are drinking or smoking when they come up with this shit.
Just a hint to all those brain surgeons making these decisions. Instead of killing off programs, how about you actually do your job and get more kids involved in the game. Do a better job, at doing your job, and you wouldn’t have to ask anyone to change what they are doing.
But hey I need to run, I need to get my little cousin to stop eating his boogers, so maybe we should just cut off his finger instead of getting him a Kleenex. Yep, that makes a lot of sense too.
David Wagner – The Angel Of Death – For Those Who Live Stupidly I salute You
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