I am aware it has been in the planning stages for a long time. Heck the twitter account was registered in 2012. However, many of the people involved were running for ACHA positions in Naples this year. It seems the timing of the decision to launch was tied to the failure of several proposals in Naples, some of which I agree with, like the voting issue.
Legally it appears the financials are in order. The 990s are up-to-date on Guidestar. Keep in mind the site runs a year off in posting. So the most recent is 2017, 2018 should be up before the year is out. I went through them all last week after the CHF raised the issue.
The insurance is not in order or at least not to the level it is with the ACHA. Had they waited to launch and let teams and leagues know throughout this season a few things could have been done or avoided;
a) They cannot get affiliate USA Hockey Insurance for the 2019-2020 season. That application window does not open again until October I believe. Insurance would have to be achieved through alternative routes which have not been cleanly spelled out. If they waited they could have done so prior to launch.
b) Our team never received any kind of communication about the CHF until the week of June 17th. If you look at conference shifts in any level of college sports, they do not happen in June for games that begin in September. Again, by waiting they could have given teams a year to prepare for this. How much better would this launch have been if we knew by March what we were doing next year so we could schedule with that in mind.
c) Schedules for most teams are pretty much set and for most teams were made not even knowing the CHF was out there. Again, this could have been avoided.
We still have not been told of any kind of league fee, whereas our budget has been set since the spring, once our schedule was finished.
That’s great that the CHF is going to somehow count ACHA games in their rankings formula. That formula to my knowledge has not been presented other than to say it will be via myhockeyrankings. Further, it will be a difficult mathematical formula to count ACHA opponents who might only play one or two opponents. Not to mention unequivocally the ACHA is not going to do so, which means those teams are going to drop CHF opponents in many cases. Nor would I expect the ACHA teams to do so. Consider this, the NCAA does not and cannot games against Canadian Universities in their pairwise rankings which is why other than when West Point plays the RMA they are listed at exhibition games.
Again, I think their is a place for the CHF but the launch at this time is causing more stress and anxiety than need be. I say they roll with their DIII contingent, make that great and then expand upon that for next year. They have some pioneers set to roll with them, so do it. I think their are a lot of positives but it feels like they opened an ice cream stand in the middle of winter in Upstate NY, timing is everything with a business and this timing needs to be rethought.