When are you guys going to start thinking about things that matter? Complaining about stats is stupid. I'm better then you are......who cares, that's what we play the games for. I'm worried about where the league is headed.....or more like where it isn't headed. As it stands now it doesn't come off as much more then an expensive, glorified, beer league.
There are alot of people who work hard for this league, but what are they working for? I'd love to see a plan of some sort, on where the league is headed. What are the short term goals? What are the long term goals? I'm sure we're working towards something, but does anyone know what it is? If we're not working towards something, that's a shame and it needs to be defined. If the plan is the status quo, that's pretty sad.
When are we going to see some DII teams move up to DI? I don't want to hear the "we're at a disadvantage we don't have as many students" argument. The good teams are good every year and it's not because of the size of the student body. It's because of funding, structure, organization, and hard work. When will we restructure around these factors?
What are we going to do about an NCT that is basically decided in two divisions before the teams even show up? I think what Lindenwood has is great, but they have a clear advantage over every other team in the league. I'm not saying we need to level the playing field, but do some sort of restrictions need to be put in place?
Why don't we have NCT in the same place every year? St Louis is ideal. It's central to everyone, affordable to get to, and it's a great area for hockey where we could potentially develop a following. I know it's not glamorous, but it makes sense for all the right reasons.
Why do we have a rulebook? Rules are well defined and in place for a reason. There was a situation this year in the MCRHL where a clear rule infraction took place and the league at regional and national level basically looked the other way. Rules are meant to be objective not subjective; hearing about the "spirit of the rule" is ridiculous. Why should any team follow the rules, when you can cheat and get away with it? Teams playing without following uniform requirements? That's as basic a rule infraction as you can have and it was allowed? How fair is that to all the teams who fundraised or convinced their school to give them more money for their legal uniforms? Do we even need a restriction on uniforms? Why?
I've had enough ranting for now......it's time for everyone to start looking at the big picture. I don't want to hear "get involved." When is the league going to start giving teams responsibilities and requiring them to fulfill them for their membership? The biggest resource this league has, its members, is not being used.