South Bend Cup Tournament Series
Friday, November 04, 2011 - Sunday, November 06, 2011
  Divisions & Team Placement Procedures

Our tournaments typically draw teams from many areas of the Midwest and southern Ontario. In addition, we’ll occasionally host teams from as far away as northern Ontario, western Canada, Quebec and from all over the United States. Classification systems (aaa, aa, a, b, house select & house) may have slightly different meanings from area to area. Expect to encounter teams that may have different eligibility or classification rules that may not correspond to what you are accustomed to in your area. The age groups for USA Hockey and those of the Canadian Hockey Association are basically the same, however areas that have large numbers of registered players tend to further delineate within the 2 year window allowed for each age group. In these situations, teams composed of exclusively or primarily of players in their 1st year of eligibility of a particular age group, will play in their respective home areas against like teams. For example, in Michigan they’re referred to as “A” teams, in Ontario & Western New York they are referred to as “minor” teams. Many other nuances exist and it is not unusual for areas to revise or “fine tune” their eligibility rules from year to year as league administrators try to keep in step with changes within their respective areas.

When formulating divisions we attempt to provide the best possible “competitive fit” from a pool of teams that often times has geographically diverse origins and classification rules indigenous to their respective home areas. Our insight and experience allows us to know in
most cases what mix will provide an optimal competitive grouping. However, the input provided from team administrators by completing our questionnaire and roster forms and submitting in a timely fashion is invaluable. In addition, we strongly welcome & encourage discussion on your team’s competitive level prior to placement.

Schedule Release Information

A game schedule is made available for registered teams to view from the “login” area of the website 7 days prior to the start of the tournament. 


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