Re: Where have I heard this before?
Amen to this statement by George. Probably the most point by point insightfully correct thing I have read on hear in a long time. Just like corporate America the state of the sport must look deeper into itself and not only rebuild itself from the grass roots, but stop all the infighting between NGB's and rinks in regional proximity and start doing a little hand holding and brain mixing together. We need to promote to the youth and parents of roller hockey the idealism of class and sportsmanship over showmanship and elitism. If we do not, player levels will dwindle away continuously, and rink after rink will collapse. All that will remain will be some leftover tournament teams and adult travel elite leagues that have put themselves at a distance from the building of the sport long ago, and they will be a lonely lot in a lonely world where no one cares any longer.
Doom and gloom? No. Just one observation from someone involved. It doesnt have to be this way. We can fix it and change it. If people truly care.
Start at the community level. If you are that elite good player youth or adult, give back of yourself to the sport by taking a beginner under your wing to teach them. Volunteer some of your time you would normally spend with your elitist hockey pals learning trick moves and reminiscing about the good old days and hold a free clinic or even spend 10 minutes each day talking to a parent or player you normally wouldnt have glanced at. And the good old days will be all thats left.
Rinks need to get back to the promotion of the sport to new players instead of focusing on tournaments and the quick big buck bookings, or there wont be players or a sport to attend them, just some piles of flyers in your lobbies that no one picked up and left for the foreclosure people who are boarding up your doors and windows.
"Remember when you are not practicing, somewhere someone is and when you meet him, he will win"