Not new or mounting. I think when the first 2 dutch kids tied blades to their shoes and went off happily down the frozen canal ones dad looked out the window and complained about the coaching. Disgruntled parents are as much a part of hockey as ice and pucks. Every association, heck every team almost has a Mr Bo. You see them in the upper reaches or the atrium of the arena. Whispering to the other parents trying to build support for their cause. Their kid has been maligned or mistreated in some way by the coach or association. What is new is that they can now come on a message board behind a moniker and say the same thing to hundreds of people. What I am posting is essentially what I have always said when approached by them at the arena. We have a good system that can be used to solve your problems if you want to take the time and effort. It might not be a perfect system but no system is.Quasar wrote:Yes I agree .. That's why I think the mounting pressure for choice should be handled within the current structure so that years of hard work are not lost for the want of a little more freedom of choice. Call it what you will, AAA, Tier 1, or super A, the choice league, the Fire, The dirty SOBs, it doesn't matter, the pressure will continue. I think that it is in the interest of everyone associated with Minnesota hockey to start looking for a solution, rather than ignoring the problem.royals dad wrote:Also please understand that I believe it is like Anarchy and Democracy existing in the same place, it does not work. We have a unique situation in Minnesota and it allows us a unique system, no other state can have what we have. I strongly believe it would be a shame to loose it.Quasar wrote:
Thank you for your thoughtful answer to my request. I do understand where your coming from, and I commend you for your years of service to Minnesota hockey. I think it can be said that not all associations are created equal. Your approach to improvement is as you stated
"teaching the game, evolving the rules, growing the sport, developing new coaches, developing new refs, improving safety, refining goalie training" This is a natural progression and one that must be continued.
I think what a lot of people are trying to say is the organization of the district/association model needs a little up dating. I agree that the things you mentioned have all occurred. The problem as I see it is that very little has improved in the way associations conduct their business.. It should not be so difficult to understand that some people are looking for a little more flexibility. In the age of twitter, face book, u-tube and instant communication, such as this forum, the business model needs to catch up to the technical advancements you are rightly proud of.
I have really been struck lately by the obits of some of the old timers who have passed. They literally dedicated their entire adult lives to Minnesota Hockey, well after their kids even grand kids had gone through they still worked (mostly for no $$$) to make the system better and more viable. Often with Mr Bo's tossing rotten tomatoes at them. All that work has resulted in the system we have today and we owe it to those who have put all the work in at every level to not throw it all away. If you think a couple Fire teams will not effect all of us your are dead wrong, we will winter will be like summer and the feeder programs will be irreversibly harmed. I have seen it happen to Minnesota fastpitch would hate to see it happen to Hockey.