hudr0004 wrote: Bertogliat wrote: MNGophers29 wrote: midevil bowievil wrote:
MNGophers29 wrote:I announced a Squirt International game this afternoon and Tom Chorske was one of the coaches for Edina. I was surprised to see his kid as a B1.
Ya but that's Edina's B team. As good as a lot of other associations A's for sure. Our district has A teams that play many B's during regular season schedule. We have an A team that will only play certain other A's in the district. They send their B1's to play the teams they refuse to play. I would guess Edina operates like that?
Yeah I kinda figured. They ended up winning it. Beat Osseo-MG in OT.
Why does Osseo-MG still have a combined youth hockey association when they are separate cities with two high schools? It would be like Coon Rapids and Blaine teaming up. It seems weird.
My kid team plays in the Potulny Mite league and OMGHA has 2 A level teams playing in that league. If you have enough kids for 2 A mite teams then why are you still combining the populations?
There are a couple of reasons for keeping Osseo-Maple Grove together. It is a big association with over 1,000 kids that currently use both sheets at Osseo ice Arena and both sheets at Maple Grove CC. The way it was explained to me when they considered it a couple years ago is that splitting the association would mean something like 200 kids would use the Osseo rinks and then the other 800 would have to use the Maple Grove ones...so ice time would be more difficult for MG. Another is that the middle schools don't align with the high schools (my daughter goes to Osseo Middle but will then go to Maple Grove HS and the other side of town is the opposite) so it's not as if kids would grow up in one "system". But they did split the youth football programs so I think the ice time is the biggest factor.
My kid plays in the Blaine YHA. About a third of his practices this year were at the Centennial rink. I heard Blaine gets about a 1/4 of Centnenials ice time.
Having just moved from Coon Rapids to Blaine I know there are neighborhoods within Coon Rapids city where kids go to Blaine high School. And for elementary and middle school, kids from Blaine go to CR schools and vice versa. The rule for youth sports (my kids went to elementary school in Blaine but lived in CR) is you can play for the youth program in which you reside OR whichever youth program your kids' school resides. So we could have had the kids play for Blaine or CR. When we were living in CR (right on the border of the two cities) we had them play all CR sports to keep them playing with the same kids they'd be attending high school with. The Elementary and middle schools do not matter.
When we moved to Blaine we had a choice to continue playing for CR, through mites, with the kids and coaches we were familiar with or switch associations. Once we got to the squirt level we would have had to get a waiver from the BYHA to play for CRYHA since we now live in Blaine and go to school in Blaine.
In those rare instances where kids live in CR and go to school in CR, but will attend Blaine HS, they could easily get a waiver.
So it certainly can be done. The 200/800 split you mention makes it sound like the association was considering splitting along city boundaries rather than high school boundaries, unless MGHS is 4 times larger than Osseo.
Having said all that, if Osseo HS hockey is struggling for numbers I could see an eventual merge with MG, a la Cooper/Armstrong which would reverse it all again anyway.