HS Hockey grows.. still no National/Regional Championships?
The number of High School leagues continues to increase, but a lack of organization reveals the lack of Regional/National Championships.. it just really sucks. There's no other way to put it.
In California alone, you have five groups of organizations that come to mind (and that's just mine). you've got CIF-San Diego, IHF (Orange County/So Cal), Temecula, SJ (@ Silvercreek), and Santa Barbara/SLO (CCHSHL).
Colorado's CHSIHA boasts 15 Varsity level teams from various high schools around the state.
Arizona's IHAAZ has 9 teams from just about every corner of the state.
Missouri's MOIHA has a whopping 37 Varsity teams and is arguably the top league in the country from a competition standpoint.
Georgia has the GHRA, Pennsylvania, NY and even Louisiana all have leagues. Others are listed on AAU's website but weren't easily accessible.
I guess I have 2 questions:
1) What can be done to grow the game at a scholastic level?
2) If a National Championship is not a realistic option, why not have Region Championships, and then maybe TRY to have the "National Championship" at an already existing summer event such as JO's or NARCh?