What's up with the Bantam AA division? Blazers, Ducks, Ice Dogs, Glaciers, Wintersport and Grundys all with losing records.Maybe there should be a better system for placing teams. It seems that coaches and parents egos hurt the kids chances of having fun and learning the game. How much fun can it be to go 4-14? How can you learn when your frustrated every game? Maybe if these teams were in the "A" division where they belong, and the bad "A" teams like Wiss, Pottstown, Wildcats, etc were where they belong in the "B" division, and "B" teams like Haveford and JR Pens were playing in house, the leagues would be more competetive and the kids might learn a little more. I know every division has to have winners and losers but the losers shouldn't have a winning percentage in the teens.
Just a thought...Maybe a preseason evaluation of the "teams" by DVHL representatives in a prerseason tournament. If we can select players that way why not slot teams the same way.At least you might minimize the chances of a team going 2-18 and you might eliminate a team from petitioning down to go undeafeated. When you let coaches make these decisions they have proven they cannot be trusted to make the fair choice. You need to look no further than last years Grundys Bant A and this years Blazers Bant AA. And please DVHL, elinate the stupid rule that if an organization has 3 teams at a level that the top team must play AA. Who does that benefit if the team is loded with "A" talent. The glaring example of that is Delco Bant AA.
Say what you want about these organizations. I noticed that the only sucessfull local organization was left out. The same organization that brought in the lowest of the low to supposedly coach thier Bantam AA team. Thank God that did not work out.
With the pool of players shrinking by the day you can expect to see the AA level to be the same way for awhile. The elite organizations will get the AAA players who no longer want to pay AA price while the rest will do the best they can with the group they have to draw from.
First of all, math tells you that if you have X teams in a league, then half of them are going to have losing records.
Second, there are 16 BAA teams this year. Last year there were 10. So, is this an issue of the pool of players shrinking? Or is it an issue of the number of teams increasing and therefore diluting the talent that is there?
Why the need for 16 AA teams? Is this really required by the rules? If so, then something needs to change.