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General Hockey Discussion / Re: Escondido IcePlex Closing?
« Last post by Beer Leaguer on July 04, 2020, 02:37:39 PM »
I hope the program makes it through. Good size program
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General Hockey Discussion / Re: Escondido IcePlex Closing?
« Last post by Landshark on July 04, 2020, 01:29:19 PM »
Gulls aren't migratory.
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General Hockey Discussion / Re: Escondido IcePlex Closing?
« Last post by Beer Leaguer on July 04, 2020, 01:03:30 PM »
What happens to the gulls? Do they migrate north. I can’t imagine there is enough ice in SD to absorb everything that was there.
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Midget Hockey / Re: AAA versus AA hockey in the age of Covid
« Last post by notTHATdad on July 04, 2020, 10:22:54 AM »



I'd be curious to know what's going on in socal. In norcal...


- Masks at all times while not on the ice
- Limited groups. Camps have up to 12 kids per group and they are never mixed.
- Each coach gets one group only
- Two groups on the ice, but separated by a 15 foot 'no mans land' made with the soft barriers
- 6 kids per assigned locker room.
- temp checks, questions on entry. Wrist bands proving they have been checked.
- dryland is in the parking lot. Each kid gets a parking space.
- More cleaning, etc, of course.
- No scrimmages/games.


The above is the Jr Sharks facilities. Other rinks are doing very similar things. A lot of this is so that if one kid does inevitably get infected, they can contact trace and not shut down the whole thing.



There's already a disturbing uptick of positive cases going on right now. Trust me, I see it daily at the hospital... Honestly, with all the pro teams from MLB, NBA and NHL reporting positive cases daily, I'm not so sure if pro sports will be able to resume... I'm waiting to see how NHL and USA Hockey respond but I really don't know how this season will pan out.


Again, I know many of you don't think this is a big deal and kids will somehow not be affected. But please take this seriously if you want to have a season at all and do your part to contain this virus and please ask your kids to wear masks and social distance and don't jump on top of each other in a pile up during practice... Take this seriously. It's not a joke.
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Midget Hockey / Re: AAA versus AA hockey in the age of Covid
« Last post by notTHATdad on July 04, 2020, 10:15:42 AM »



I wouldn't take anything that JK Midget is doing as any kind of pattern for what other teams will do. That team lost so many players due to the previous season's nonsense that they had to fill in with a 8-10 AA's, struggled all season, and completely fell apart at the end, finishing their last tournament with 9 or 10 skaters. We all felt badly for those that stuck it out.


Each team will obviously make their own decision, but one club leaving doesn't make for a 24 team league falling apart.


I look at it the other way. If you count on CAHA alone, all your eggs are in one (very leaky) basket.

Source? I've seen or heard nothing to that effect.

There is a lot of FUD being circulated right now.


Teams in the Atlantic region for example are already signed since the 1st week of June.  One long time participant club told parents that they were not going to play in Tier1 elite this season.  It's one club but I doubt that decision was made without some discussion with the other regional Tier1 elite clubs they play against frequently.  Those clubs already play a lot of games and don't need the 13 Tier1 elite games to flesh out their season.  The JK drop is a 2nd hand thing, and I honestly don't remember exactly where I heard that.  I found it surprising, but then there is a lot going on with the midget level of JK. 


Now that we are seeing individual states threatening to quarantine people coming from "hotspot" states, it's probably not a bad idea to opt out of something that is going to be the first thing to fall apart if there are more Covid spikes.
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Midget Hockey / Re: AAA versus AA hockey in the age of Covid
« Last post by justanotherhockeydad on July 03, 2020, 11:38:37 PM »
There's already a disturbing uptick of positive cases going on right now. Trust me, I see it daily at the hospital... Honestly, with all the pro teams from MLB, NBA and NHL reporting positive cases daily, I'm not so sure if pro sports will be able to resume... I'm waiting to see how NHL and USA Hockey respond but I really don't know how this season will pan out.


Again, I know many of you don't think this is a big deal and kids will somehow not be affected. But please take this seriously if you want to have a season at all and do your part to contain this virus and please ask your kids to wear masks and social distance and don't jump on top of each other in a pile up during practice... Take this seriously. It's not a joke.
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Peewee Hockey / Re: Playing up
« Last post by trans4761 on July 03, 2020, 10:07:03 PM »
Your "exceptional" sq/pw will more than likely be just a normal player by bantam/midgets.  To paraphrase a quote  from a few years back, " my slow fat kid can now kick your little Gretzkys ass"
Really, what's the point ? Let your "Little Gretzky have his Al Bundy moment.


See you in beer leagues, the natural progression to your lil stick handlers hockey "career"
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Midget Hockey / Re: AAA versus AA hockey in the age of Covid
« Last post by lcadad on July 03, 2020, 09:48:07 PM »
Source? I've seen or heard nothing to that effect.

There is a lot of FUD being circulated right now.


Teams in the Atlantic region for example are already signed since the 1st week of June.  One long time participant club told parents that they were not going to play in Tier1 elite this season.  It's one club but I doubt that decision was made without some discussion with the other regional Tier1 elite clubs they play against frequently.  Those clubs already play a lot of games and don't need the 13 Tier1 elite games to flesh out their season.  The JK drop is a 2nd hand thing, and I honestly don't remember exactly where I heard that.  I found it surprising, but then there is a lot going on with the midget level of JK. 


Now that we are seeing individual states threatening to quarantine people coming from "hotspot" states, it's probably not a bad idea to opt out of something that is going to be the first thing to fall apart if there are more Covid spikes. 
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Peewee Hockey / Re: Playing up
« Last post by lcadad on July 03, 2020, 09:22:33 PM »
The CAHA/SCAHA system which reaches its maximum level of expansion at U12 is so confusing and full of options, it's literally almost impossible to gauge where your kid is at because there just isn't that much competition at birth year.  There are far too many PW teams between AAA/AA/A/BB and B.   With A you get 18-20+ teams, so it's not like there is a lot of parity.  The top few teams barely lose a game, whereas you have 12 or so teams that don't make the playoffs, and know they won't before the season is 1/2 over.

I don't really see what the big hurry is to get to PW.  It's probably the worst version of hockey there is.  Lots of puck hogging and end to end rushes, and some of the worst reffing you will experience.  If a kid has any modicum of legal body contact in their repertoire, expect them to log major penalty minutes especially if they are larger than average, and enjoy the comedy when one of the play-up teams is matched against a Major year team. Nothing sadder than seeing a kid execute an angled rubout perfectly, only to dump a kid half their size coming off the boards with the puck and get whistled down with a 2 & 10 for head contact.

I can't see why someone thinks it helps with development for a kid to play on a team that wins 5-6 out of 15 games and has a -30+ goal differential in PWA and thinks that just because they played up and survived getting their ass handed to them, that it's made them more competitive.  It's an incontrovertible fact that as you go up in age level and level of play the amount of time the average player controls the puck becomes shorter and shorter.  Again, why seek that out, especially if your kid is going to have to spend the entire year struggling when they are on a far more gradual maturation curve.  You still get 2 years of PW regardless and 2 is plenty.
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Midget Hockey / Re: AAA versus AA hockey in the age of Covid
« Last post by notTHATdad on July 03, 2020, 07:49:34 PM »
Source? I've seen or heard nothing to that effect.


A number of teams DID pull out last year to form an east coast league.


There is a lot of FUD being circulated right now.

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