- Thu May 26, 2016 9:56 pm
Recruiting outside of the Spring try out period is definitely in violation of the GTHL/NYHL rules. Coaches for new or existing teams cannot recruit players (Select or Rep) without the permission of the players home club.
I'm managing an '03 rep team and have been contacted by far too many parents who panicked and signed their kid to a House League Select program the week after GTHL try outs. GTHL teams continue to recruit (via players wanted ads) after try outs but spring House League Select try out timing doesn't allow kids time to find those teams. There's no need for community hockey to add another level of stress for kids who would really like to play Rep hockey...
NYHL clubs and coaches have lost sight of the purpose of community-based House League Select programs.
From the GTHL Rulebook, Section 17 (pertaining to all House League programs in Toronto):
The guidelines in this Article fit these definitions and recognize both the community-oriented and recreational nature of House League programs and House League Select Programs. These guidelines also reflect the distinction made by the League between House League Select Programs and competitive programs.
17.4 – Philosophy Related to House League Select Programs
The House League Select Program is a hockey program that is based in the House League and should be an extension of that program. Players and their families that choose to participate in a House League Select Program do so because it reflects the attitudes and community affiliation of the House League to which they belong and in which they participate. Therefore, the focus of a House League Select Program should not be to emulate higher levels of competitive hockey (A and above), but to offer the values of House League programs to a group of House League players participating in an advanced program.
A good coach develops their players so they can move on to higher level hockey. A great coach finds them opportunities to move up. We've known a lot of good coaches and a few great ones but sadly we've known (and have heard of) coaches who just want to hold on to a winning House League Select team...