I rarely post but felt I had to about this. Players on the team in question play on multiple different AAA teams and I do not want any repercussions. I will remain anonymous
Great Tournament in Woodbridge this weekend! However, I am compelled to post about the behavior from the Squirt "Select" team during our two games. The actions of certain parents was atrocious (and I am being nice)! With one of these parents' reputation known at every ice rink in NJ! The yelling at the kids and threatening behavior towards our parents was nothing short of intimidating and scary! Other "Select" parents seemed embarrassed by this. Coaches and parents constantly yelling at the refs should not have been tolerated! Reckless and dangerous play from multiple players should have resulted in ejections! Chopping at our goalie after the whistle should have resulted in multiple penalties (so proud of our goalie for staying focused). Their coaches & parents were encouraging this "way to be aggressive" style of play. Their coach was still arguing with one ref long after the semi-final game was over and both teams had left the ice! I am told this coach has a terrible reputation with refs because of his antics last season with his full ice mite team. News flash: YOU DID NOT LOSE BECAUSE OF THE REFS! The shame of all this is they had some really good players. They may have won the tournament if they had better coaching.
It is a testament to the tournament officials and the four other Squirt teams that this event was so much fun! We look forward to next years tournament and hope this "Selects" team does not attend!