Now that all teams are starting to have tryouts, Best of luck to all teams no matter what league you play in. It should be a great year for Inline hockey as there are over 50 organizations in the country playing in either the AIHL or PIHA.
We all have a lot of responsibility on our hands. Not just show up and play hockey but to grow the sport. In most areas the youth numbers are way down from years past. We have to make the young players want to play and promote the sport we all love playing. If most rinks do not, soon there will be a lot more rinks closing. From what I see there are a lot of 35 an older players in the adult leagues. Once these older teams start to fold, many rinks will take a hit. If the numbers are not high in the youth divisions, where will the future leagues come from. Now I am not talking about all areas but there are many that do not have the youth divisions.
Also each team should have a goal before the season on how many fans. Set your attendance goal and try to reach it. It is fun to play in front of a crowd and with a little work from all participants, each team should be able to reach its goal.
I think what could be a great event is to have a real championship. The best team from PIHA and AIHL battle it out in a 4 out of 7 series. Even though these two leagues are not on the best of terms, lets put that aside and make a huge event for a Championship. Invite some youth teams to play and make a family event out of it. Promote the hell out of it.
Just some thoughts I had. Best of luck to all.