- 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.
1.The CHF has been part of a discussion for 14 months, but not since 2012 I assure you. It was the last option for a group trying to start a proactive dialogue with an unconcerned, unresponsive and disinterested ACHA EXEC Board. Conference leaders from Florida to Maine came together to try and address concerns and issues with the ACHA Exec board and their leadership of the ACHA. Normal election channels were the next chosen path, only to have the voting criteria “adjusted” two weeks before Naples. The final straw for me was watching the President of the ACHA vote and encourage others to vote to deny every program the opportunity to vote on ACHA issues regardless of their ability (financial, logistical) to attend the national meeting in Naples.
- 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.
2. The concern isn’t the bottom line dollar figure…its who spends the money, what money do they spend,who do they spend it with and are they authorized(by by-law) to spend it.
- 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;
3. Per Ashley Bevin USAH Adult Hockey chief and surprisingly a new ACHA board member. CHF has access to USAH insurance.likely a different path than ACHA but the USAH is determining the processes for both organizations currently.
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.
a. Maybe…CHF has already applied for Affiliate membership. If they get it depends on which USAH official you speak to.
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.
b.Conference leadership has been irregular in getting the info out.We spoke to 75% of D2 and D3 conferences with information within a week of Naples.
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.
c. Anytime there is change scheduling and operational issues will arise. We felt we needed to pursue every standard, ACHA policy angle for change before we stepped away from the ACHA.
- 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.
4.This has been out there but $1700/team…less if we can acquire the appropriate sponsorship monies.
- 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.
5. MyHockeyRankings says they can do it…they are the best so I’ll beleive them…ultimately the “ranking” element in this is not the only issue. The CHF wants to maintain and secure everyones natural and traditional rivalry opponents. Those games and traditions make the college hockey experience.It doesn’t appear the ACHA feels the same, that’s their prerogative and an indication of what they value.
My point here is this. This isn’t about making a superleague (see ACHA D1 departure for that)…it isn’t about hate for the ACHA. It isn’t about hurting the ACHA. The CHF is about making the college hockey experience better for all involved. We say “players first” and we mean it. Is this year and next year going to be difficult ,sure it is change always is. We aren’t out soliciting, selling this CHF thing. Its the byproduct of people who feel the existing model has issues, the drivers of that model are blind or unwilling to change for the better of all, every player, every program, every conference. The CHF will happen this coming season working towards a better college club hockey world for everyone.