I know that many of you hear people's ideas of how things should be run, in the PIHA or "New League Proposals," yet nothing really seems to ever change. Well, this is a proposal for a new league, but it's not something that should be looked at to boom right away and it's not something that is meant to boom right away. So, here it is and all that I'm really looking for is positive comments or suggestions, as negative comments and suggestions aren't going to help anyone or the sport.
The NCRHA has a great system of scheduling and this is what would be incorporated into the league. We would push for 24 Organizations from around the country. 12 in a "Western Conference" and 12 in an "Eastern Conference." From their it would break down into 3 divisions in each conference with 4 teams in each.
What would happen, is their would be a total of 42 events throughout the season. 8 teams would participate per each event playing 4 games each at the event. Each team will play in 7 Events throughout the season, therefore giving them a total of 28 games. *Also there will be 6 preseason events, one for each division, to play 3 preseason games*
How will the events be arranged? Each team will have atleast 1 home event which they are guaranteed to be scheduled to play in, and 18 teams will have 2 home events and those teams will be guaranteed to be scheduled to play in both home events. What about the other 6 teams who only have one home event? They will be guaranteed to play an event that is closest to them.
The season will run 9 months long from October to June. The preseason will be one month long, the regular season will be 5 months long, and the playoff season will be 3 months long. Each team will play in atleast one event per month, and 2 events in 2 of the regular season months. The months with two events however, the team is guaranteed to play one of those at home, or in the closest location if that team doesnt have 2 home events per year.
So where are the outrageous costs? This is how things will be done; The team will have the OPTION of paying $1600 up front or they can pay $225 per event. *NOTE $1600 is cheaper than most house league seasons. The money will go to referee fee's, rink fee's ad other small operating costs.
Each organization can have a maximum roster of 23 (20 skaters and 3 goalies) and a minimum roster of 16 (14 skaters and 2 goalies). Each player must play in 20 games to be eligible for postseason play. So lets say you have a 20 man roster, that breaks down into just $80 a guy.
Admission? Unfortunately this is one of the only ways to make some kind of money for the league. But, it will be a set admission fee league wide, $5 for anyone over the age of 12 and $2 for anyone under the age of 12 is what would be ideal. And, if you buy a ticket it is good for the whole weekend. Here is where the organization benefits from admission. The first $700 will go to the league, however anything after that mark goes straight to the organization. *NOTE (For teams that only have 1 home event, anything after a $500 mark goes straight to the organization)* This is where the organization gets involved in trying to attract fans. So let's say you get 200 people there at $5 a ticket, that's $1000, $300 your organization gets to keep, that money could knock your league fee down to only $1300, or it could be used in travel fee's or on anything you like, its yours.
Traveling is becoming more expensive than ever. Therefore, this is why we are going to focus on 3 major sponsors besides hockey company sponsors.
1. Hotel Company
2. Bus Rental Company
3. Airlines Company
What we'd want? Of course we'd want free travel and stay, but we are going to try to work with these divisions of travel and stay to try and make it as affordable as possible for our leagues players. There's more to elaborate on this, but that will come in time.
There is a lot more to elaborate on in general, but this is sort of a core, and how something like this could send the sport into an upward swing. Please leave comments and suggestions, and if there is anyone out there who'd would like to be involved in this, please say so. Thanks