Dear parents & players,
RE: Divisional Tiering
Your Board of Directors has been meeting during the off
season to plan for the upcoming 2016 ball hockey season. We have already received a huge amount of
interest from previous and new players wanting to know when they can sign
up. Excitement is ramping up for the
Over the past five years there has been a national trend in
ball hockey towards divisional tiering.
This is a system where players with similar levels of ball hockey
experience and abilities are matched up, creating two tiers within
divisions. Several associations in the
lower mainland have adopted this system over the last two years. This season, half of all lower mainland ball
hockey associations will be tiering. The tiered half will not interlock with
non-tiered associations and will host a separate provincials tournament.
Tiering has been discussed by the RSDMBHA at the Board and
Provincial Board levels for a number of years.
In the past, the RSDMBHA has not had enough players for this to be a
serious option. However, our association
has grown to a point where tiering has become viable. On October 28, 2015 the RSDMBHA Board of
Directors met to discuss tiering. The
Board voted unanimously in favor of going to a tiering system for the Minor,
Major and Junior Divisions for our 2016 season.
There are some questions with regards to the Minors Division because
other associations may not be supporting teiring at level. If this is the case then Minors may not be a
part of the tiering system.
The move is subject to registration totals and the
development of an interlocking schedule with other tiered associations.
The Board of Directors feels that this will best position
the RSDMBHA to keep up with this evolving trend in ball hockey, provide a
better experience for all players, and give players of all skill sets the
opportunity for greater involvement with their team.
The Board recognizes that there will be numerous questions
about this new system. Internally, we
have formed a committee to develop the structure of the tiering system and the
player evaluations to support it. We are
also engaged with our partner associations throughout the lower mainland to
ensure that we are supporting each other through this transition.
This is an exciting time for ball hockey and we look forward
to seeing all of you back for the 2016 season.
George Bal, President
Richmond South Delta
Minor Ball Hockey Association