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Author Topic: AAA in Philadelphia area  (Read 2042 times)

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Reply #20:
 February 14, 2020, 07:56:51 AM
Biggest Misconception: The more you get in front of NCAA/CHL/Junior/Prep/Midget coaches the better your chances are of being seen and ultimately getting recruited.

Reality: This could be one of the biggest misconceptions in amateur hockey today. This misconception is why there are thousands, yes thousands, of hockey showcases out there. While we are not bashing showcases, as our scouting staff spends a lot of time at these events, the reason you aren’t getting recruited isn’t because of a lack of exposure, it’s because of a lack of talent. As the old adage goes: “great marketing only makes a bad product fail faster.” Instead of joining every fall, summer and spring showcase team you can and playing in 3-5 games a weekend, you’d be better off using that time and money to work on your game either renting ice, working out or attending a developmental clinic. Or simply playing another sport or taking time away from the rink. There have been series of studies on this in hockey and among other sports and to this date there is no proven correlation between more games played in a season and more development. The focus should not be about how many times you get seen, the focus should be about how good you are when you are seen.

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Reply #21:
 February 14, 2020, 07:59:00 AM
TRUTH GOOD TO SEE SOMEONE WHO KNOWS. :D

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Reply #22:
 February 14, 2020, 08:01:42 AM
LOLOL god you are clueless if you are really good and talented they will find you the Hockey world is very small.

EXACATLY!

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Reply #23:
 February 14, 2020, 08:08:09 AM
Misconception: Players develop the most at the highest levels of competition. If you are good enough to play at the next level than you should be there.

Reality: Even in the OHL, which is the highest producer of NHL talent in the world, the overwhelming majority of those players will never play professionally. The average rookie in the NHL is 24 years old. So the idea of rushing through a players development to play up a level or leave their team to go play for a “better” team or in a “better” league is misguided at best. Probably the most noticeable area we see this debate is in Minnesota where there is a battle between USHL/NAHL and Minnesota High School over the state’s top prospects. There have been success stories on both sides of the coin so to say one way is better than another is an argument that cannot be won or lost.  However, we can clearly see in our data models that there is no advantage to the players who play up a level in youth hockey, leave high school early for juniors or leave college early for pro; there is no pattern to show that decision yields higher levels of success.

What we have now however, are players from as young as 12 or 13 being pushed to AAA programs where they have to travel all across the country and playing 65 game seasons. We have even talked to players who tell us their grades are slipping because they can’t keep up with school given their intense hockey and training schedule. If you can take the hockey goggles off for a second and look at that behavior, it is simply ridiculous.  Less than 1% of these players, even at the AAA level, are going to make a living playing hockey. Sacrificing academics, childhood, high school and/or college experience to play at the” highest” level is a poor choice 99.6% of the time; it’s math

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Reply #24:
 February 25, 2020, 04:09:55 PM
AAA in the Philadelphia area is a huge money grab for organizations.  The quality has dropped due to too many teams.  If they wanted to keep it Elite then then should have kept it to less teams but when the organizations see the money they can charge to rope parents in, it becomes a no brainer.  Thus way too many teams claiming to be Elite.  Sorry but anymore its a huge waste of money. 

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Reply #25:
 February 25, 2020, 07:40:27 PM
Not AAA. Not Elite. Now it’s Premier!  What next?!?  Super Imperial?

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Reply #26:
 Today at 08:02:28 AM
Someone is going to have to start a tier x quadruple A league for players to go to where skill is actually different than the current tier 1 mix of B A AA players.

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Reply #27:
 Today at 08:47:22 AM
take the money out of the equation.  it is the only way.  go back to town-based hockey and let the talent bubble up from there.  all of this club hunting and cadres of mentally ill parents moving groups of kids around really makes me want to crap out my love of the sport, and urge my kids to stay away.  and to the helicopter parents who poison this whole experience, f you, we all hate you, you know who you are.  think about that next time you are screaming from the stands.

 

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