The CHF has some good ideas and good intentions. However, it was rushed into being after Naples without some key components set (insurance, league fee, the financial backing they claim is coming etc.) Emotions out of Naples got in the way of a logical and timely launch, that has caused some real agita for schools. They can say they have been working on this for a while and there is some truth to it but it just is not ready for showtime yet. While Jay has the best intentions in here, it is clear the CHF is short on a lot of key questions because it was rushed. I would suggest, take your core group of DIII teams and if you add the ACCHL DIII, fine but get out of the DII business for this year. Allow them all teams double register with ACHA for insurance sake. Build your Nashville NIT tournament and get some success this year on that front. The CHF can blast the ACHA for the July 12th date all they want but to some degree it is a healthy date for both leagues. It allows for budgeting before the year starts for both leagues and if teams need to rebuild schedules it gives teams a prayer to be able to do so.
There is also a whole other issue that this has brought to light. DII has gotten to large. You have teams on very different compete levels and very different goals. You have those teams that are really locked and loaded and hunting for bear and teams that are not. Perhaps the CHF can fill that market. In any business plan you need a market niche and perhaps that is the niche they could fill but based on league structures, needs to do so by not splitting leagues. I do not see how any team DII that wants to compete at the highest level would leave the ACHA right now as none of the best teams are leaving. However, the CHF could fill a roll for teams that are not able or wanting to compete at the highest level. When the CHF talks about high regional costs, that is in the eyes of the beholder and what the value is to the program. Some teams would have no interest due to cost and commitment and that is where the CHF comes in. While other teams are pumped to go and test their skills against the best. I would suggest the CHF and ACHA look into this without ripping apart leagues. My guess is the CHF could do this without even needing a partnership with the ACHA and just allow teams to register for the ACHA and create some kind of supplementary registrations for ACHA DII teams that might be interested in post-season play but know they cannot compete with the likes of UNH, Umass, Keene, Penn State, Liberty, Cincinnati, FGCU, Rider, TCNJ, NC State etc. within their own leagues (I know Cincy and FGCU are not in a league). That would actually be in the best interest of collegiate club hockey. What is happening right now, is not. It is putting players who have a finite amount of years of eligibility in the cross fire and could set them up for a lost season of turmoil in terms of schedules.