As a spokesman for the league, I would like to make the following announcements about the upcoming 2004 season.
This season PIHA will change it's season schedule to begin March 1st and have the playoffs end by early July. This will also include a small cutback in total games per team, which is expected to now be 20 total games.
All teams will still have minor league affiliates, but rules have changed to allow all players play pro as many times as their organization seems fit, as long as they meet the age requirement of 18yrs old and until a playoff roster freeze during the last month of regular season. No player will be permitted to play both a minor and pro game in the same day.
The league has added new teams which need to be announced.
Nike Team Breakaway will play out of the Coliseum in Voorhees, NJ. Run jointly by Pedro Councel of Breakaway and Matt Denton of the Coliseum.
Two other teams will join the league, one run by Adam Stio of the NJ Bullets and are expected to play out of Extreme Skaters in Bridgewater, NJ. The second I have little information at this time, but will play out of Williamsburg, Virgina.
Returning this season are: Tour Typhoon, Nexed Nasty Boyz, Labeda Lunatics, Tour Growl, and the Mission Shockwave.
The additions will enable the league to split into two seperate divisions (The Delaware Valley and Mason Dixon). An additional division is to join the PIHA in a non-competetive expansion capacity. This division is expected to consist of six teams from various areas (Illinois, NY State, and Maryland), and will be called the North American division. These teams will compete with the teams within the PIHA, but shall not be eligable for PIHA playoffs. The goal is to grow interest in expanding areas, while keeping travel ability realistic.
To date to tryouts have been announced:
Nike Team Breakaway: Sunday, December 7th @ Coliseum
Tour Growl: Saturday, Jan 10th @ 12pm @ Sportsplex
The PIHA Website is being reorganized to reflect these changes and will be up and running once all changes have been made. Continue to check back at www.proinlinehockey.com