It is amazing to see how in just two years the PIHA has successfully pulled off an amazing schedule held across the nation, and a series of divisional playoffs in just one weekend no less. Two years ago there was just one division within one general region. Last year the Rocky Mountain was added with complete success, and it only became better for them. This year the MidWest division is added and with the help of Dave Garland and a very strong supportive management group, brought to PIHA a great example of how to market and promote your division. They from all accounts I have heard, had great attendance and strong fan support, and they have built some amazing web pages and blogs, as well as brought us some of PIHA's first game video through the use of the internet. The new Northeast division has been a huge welcome to the league as well, with many new faces and ideas from veteran team managments such as Anthony Flynn and Justin Silvia they pulled together a strong competitive division with teams joining from MLRH and it was proven that the two leagues can co-exist together to make this sport strong.
Think about this for a moment...The league is spread across from the Atlantic to the Rocky Mountains with teams spotted here and there throughout and yet every game was played and every score was posted. Information via the interenet was for the most part given in a timely fashion, and all the league could keep tabs of what was going on. Sure there were some glitches, both in management and with teams. The occasional bad judgement of boneheaded players that brought suspensions, and there will always be controversy concerning certain games, no matter how good this or any league gets. But look at what we have to work with in terms of money as a team, as a league. It is still in its infancy and it was so successful. Was it easy? of course not, nothing good is, but it was fun, wasnt it? Watching things develop this year, getting to go on the road and play in front of fans, even if it was just a few. Wow! you cant get that in a house league. The competition this year is incredible and the players are some of the best there is.
Now were having the playoffs, and all the teams did one entire division in a single weekend? and pulled it off? Amazing, although it needs to be done in two weeks next season. Then you can go home, get on the computer and see how the rest of the league did in the playoffs! Great stuff! The games have been close, competitve and exciting.
I want to thank all of you that manage your teams, the division and the league for making my time that I enjoy in it an incredible experience and for making things go as smooth as they do across the league. It can only get better. I also thank all the players league wide who help make this possible, many of you are management as well and that is why this works! What an awesome league this has become, and will become because of everyone involved.