Author Topic: Black Bear Strikes Again!  (Read 2217 times)

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Reply #10:
 July 10, 2024, 05:06:33 PM
Black Bear sucks! My kid plays for a BB AAA team in THF. The travel for this league is insane. CT, MD, Western PA and Upstate NY for league games. We have 2x's the hotel stays as we did in AYHL. This will be our last season on a BB team. Going back to AYHL team. Coach wanted him back this year, but he stayed with 3 friends on THF. Next season he is moving back to AYHL team. BB is ruining youth hockey!
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Reply #11:
 July 11, 2024, 08:04:02 AM
With this new video thing BB is doing, is what is on their site seriously the cost of it???  Spiideo - Black Bear Sports Group

If so, basically the only way people can watch games if not physically there is if their entire team pays towards this spiideo??

My understanding was there would be two options - the one listed with all the extra coaching tools and then one that is cheaper that is more like LiveBarn.  Only showing one on the website is concerning.  So is the comment that you get 25 games.... last I checked we played a lot more league games than that.  Nevermind non-league, tournament, school hockey, etc

There isn't anything at our rink and I don't think they've installed anything new.  LiveBarn is still up and running at least for now
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Reply #12:
 July 11, 2024, 10:09:32 AM
Black Bear sucks! My kid plays for a BB AAA team in THF. The travel for this league is insane. CT, MD, Western PA and Upstate NY for league games. We have 2x's the hotel stays as we did in AYHL. This will be our last season on a BB team. Going back to AYHL team. Coach wanted him back this year, but he stayed with 3 friends on THF. Next season he is moving back to AYHL team. BB is ruining youth hockey!

I'm not a BB apologist... hate what they are doing to hockey, but when it comes to scheduling, you should blame your scheduler, not BB.  Each team is responsible for scheduling their league games.  BB only schedules the Showcase games.
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Reply #13:
 July 11, 2024, 10:25:35 AM
Black Bear sucks! My kid plays for a BB AAA team in THF. The travel for this league is insane. CT, MD, Western PA and Upstate NY for league games. We have 2x's the hotel stays as we did in AYHL. This will be our last season on a BB team. Going back to AYHL team. Coach wanted him back this year, but he stayed with 3 friends on THF. Next season he is moving back to AYHL team. BB is ruining youth hockey!

I'm not a BB apologist... hate what they are doing to hockey, but when it comes to scheduling, you should blame your scheduler, not BB.  Each team is responsible for scheduling their league games.  BB only schedules the Showcase games.

That's not correct. BlackBear tells you which teams you have to play in your division (based off of parity results and research) as well as how many times you have to play each team home and away.  The scheduler is just following orders from BB. 
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Reply #14:
 July 11, 2024, 03:34:03 PM
Problem with BB and THF is teams are too far away. CT, NY- West Chester County, Brooklyn, Long Island-, Pittsburgh, Far North Jersey, Maryland (VA border), & Hershey. AYHL has DC, Long Island and Scranton. Every other team is about .5-1.5 hrs away max. THF travel is just awful. We play both Long Island teams, all 3 CT teams, both West Chester NY teams, Pittsburgh teams, Hershey teams and Maryland team. We have 8 hotel stays for league games alone. This is not counting 5 tournaments. We will have 13 hotel stays with some multiple nights. This is just too much. AHF is getting this way too, because there are too many teams. AHF & THF need to put divisions in regardless if a team gets killed. Too much travel also wears on the kids. BB=ruining youth hockey!
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Reply #15:
 July 15, 2024, 05:54:30 PM
Well, BB launched their streaming service. Basic subscription is  little cheaper for 1 year in advance and more expensive for monthly billing. . Premium is more expensive for yearly and monthly billing. What a damn rip off this is! Is is a total money grab for BB. Not only will you need the BB service but also Livebarn when you kids team plays at non-BB arena's, which is a lot with non-league and tournaments. My kid was asked to tryout for an AYHL team this year, but we decided to stay with BB team because of his friends. Not only is BB AAA about 15% higher than the AYHL team, we now have to pay for 2 streaming services if my wife or I can't make games, which is usually the case. I am just so disgusted with BB. I wish I could get my money back. Why not tell us this before we signed? I am sure BB knew of this new service back in March. My goal is to get everyone to boycott the BB service so it is a disaster. I am fed up being nickel and dimed. So let's see how BB has screwed us over the past 3 years- crap uniforms from Breakout, worst registration site I have ever used in Bond, stupid parity tournaments, expensive photos from Carmo, ridiculous travel to CT, NY, Western & Central PA, MD and VA for league games, basically blackballed from AAHA QB PW team, stupid HPR and Kratch rankings, no more cooperation with game sheet, prices that are the highest in youth hockey and the THF is a joke outside the top 4 teams. Did I miss anything? Oh yeah, rinks that have dirty bathrooms, dirty locker rooms, tiny to non-existent pro shops and terrible snack bars. The only reasons I have put up with this are proximity to my house and sons friends. Next year I will drive the 55 minutes rather than 25 minutes to get the hell away from BB. Boycott Black Bear TV!
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