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  1. I know about floorball but its not the same as ball hockey. Floorball is closer to bandy while ball hockey is almost identical to ice hockey. Lowering the rink size is also something that NHL did when compared to the IIHF or european rinks. I do like floorball bit is no where near as popular as ball hockey is in north america.
  2. I have been thinking a lot lately about what a pro ball hockey league in North America might look like. As a league or federation, I think its development would look a lot like how quidditch has developed over the years. I think as a league structure it would look very similar to soccer. I think making the playing surface smaller would make for a more exciting game. I think that it would have to separate itself from ice and inline hockey. I don’t think that the old RHI did enough to separate itself from the NHL or ice hockey in general. I think the league being as unique as possible would be the best way to ensure success. I want to know people opinions and ideas on what a pro ball hockey league in North America might look like. So please let me know what you think. Playing surface would be basically same size as handball court. Within 3 feet of 132ftx65ft. compared to the ISBHF (International Street and Ball Hockey Federation) who play on a full-size ice rink (200ftx85ft or 200x100ft). What I think a league format would look like: Major pro, minor pro, semi pro levels. Each level would have 2 leagues with the same standards. Conferences would be 16 teams in 3 regions eastern/western USA and Canada. Preseason would be the last two weeks in February. The regular season would be the first week of March until the last week of September. Teams would play 32 games during the regular season. Playing each team in their conference twice (one hone and one away). 3pts for a win, 0 for a loss and 1 for a draw. No overtime in a regular season game. International breaks would also be taken during ISBHF events. Playoffs would start the first week of October. The top 24 teams would get into the playoffs. The bottom 16 teams would have to play in wildcard games. These games would be best of 1 with overtime. Playoff games starting after the wildcard games would be best of two with an aggregate score with overtime only happening in the second game. Home advantage would be the second game. The league would have pro-rel. The top 2 teams in each conference during the regular season would qualify to be promoted into the next league. The championship team who won the playoffs also qualifies for promotion. Promotion is optional for teams. Teams would have to meet league standards in order to qualify in a league. The bottom 2 to 3 teams in each conference during the regular season would qualify to be relegated into the lower league. There would be triple a, double a, and single a levels for amateur. These leagues would operate similar to NCAA basketball. These levels would also have the same rules as the pro levels. Teams would be put into conferences of up to 16. Teams would play up to 32 games. Each conference would have a tournament. Following those tournaments there would be national (64 team) tournaments for each level. The top 8 teams (level wide) would be promoted into the next level. The top 4 triple a team’s (following the national tournament) would be promoted into semi pro. The open cup would be a single elimination tournament that would happen during the regular season. All the games would be none league regional games with overtime. All teams above amateur automatically qualify. Amateur teams have to qualify. The final for that would be in September. This tournament would be similar to the us open cup that us soccer puts on every year. Champions league is another event that takes place during the regular season. There would be a single champions league for each pro level. The top eight teams from both leagues (following the previous years playoffs) are put into a tournament. The format of the tournament is identical to the playoffs after the wild card games. This would be similar to TheChampions Hockey League. Each franchise at the triple a level and above would have 3 teams. The top or masters team, the reserve team and the junior team. All three teams would play at the same level. For example, national league would have the national reserve and junior leagues. Players can start at pro at 16. Junior leagues would be used primarily for development. Reserve leagues would be used primarily to give players playing time and for injury recovery. Development would be done by loaning out players. Affiliations would only be done with affiliation agreements. These would be single year agreements giving a single team all of a higher-level team’s loans. There would be no salary cap. I think a league like this would start out as an armature league and grow into something the size of the MLS. The league would grow as more investors come in. I think it could eventually expand into Mexico, the rest of what is basically CONCACAF, then Europe and eventually create a worldwide league. I think when a pro league is created, a push would have to be made for the ISBHF to be organized. I think ball hockey could be in the Olympics (with a format like FIFA). I think the ISBHF could run on a 4-year cycle. Year one: qualifying games. Year two (summer Olympic year): regional tournaments. Year three: World cup (with a format like the FIFA world cup). I think that they could do men’s, women’s, and junior, and club team, world championships, (similar to IIHF championships) after the pro season every year. They could also do the club team world cup during that time every 4 years. Please let me know what you think. Any thoughts or comments you have would be appreciated.
  3. Welcome to the new World Synthetic Ice Hockey Association (WSIHA). I'm looking to get as many teams to join as possible. In this concept, there will be leagues all over the world. Africa, Asia, North and Central America and Caribbean, South America, Oceania and Europe. The top league (the World Synthetic Ice Hockey Association) and its affiliate leagues will be in North America. The game itself is very simple. The rink uses synthetic ice instead of ice to have cheaper cost for each franchise. The rink is 50ft by 94ft. The rules are mostly the same as the current NHL overtime rules. The main difference being that there is no off sides. Instead, there is illegal clearing which happens when a player passes the puck from behind their own blue line across the other blue line. periods are only 15 min. instead of 20. Teams play with 12 players and 2 goalies. The top league in North America and the world will be the World Synthetic Ice Hockey Association. This league will play 82 games. They will have best of 7 playoffs. The idea would be that it's the same level of hockey as the AHL. This league will close at 32 franchises. Franchises can not be in NHL cities. All franchises must be approved by me. All franchises must have an ISIHL affiliate. The WSIHA’s top affiliate is the International Synthetic Ice Hockey League (ISIHL). They will play 72 games. They will have best of 7 playoffs. ISIHL teams do not have to have an affiliate. The ISIHL will only accept affiliate teams after 32 teams. Agin same thing franchises can not be in NHL cities and must be approved by me. The WSIHA’s second affiliate and top affiliate of the ISIHL is the Major Synthetic Ice Hockey League (MSIHL). MSIHL teams do not have to have an affiliate. They will play 62 games. They will have best of 5 playoffs. They will only be playing in conference games. the MSIHL will close at 64 teams. Agin same thing franchises can not be in NHL cities and must be approved by me. The WSIHA will have a partnership with Adidas similar to the NHL. The ISIHL and MSIHL will both partner with CCM. All of the synthetic ice panels will be provided by Kwikrink. Other 3x3 leagues are coming and will be in other threads. My idea is that you would join in and create a franchise for at least one of the three leagues. Ounce all leagues have at least 32 teams I will release the schedule for the first season. please submit like this: (WSIHA) Location: Sacramento Team Name: Nor Cal Seals Colors: Kelly green, California gold, snow white Logo(s)/Uniforms: coming soon (ISIHL) Affiliate: Sacramento Location: Santa Cruze Team Name: Golden Seals Colors: Kelly green, California gold, snow white Logo(s)/Uniforms: coming soon (MSIHL/ISIHL) Affiliate: Sacramento/Santa Cruze Location: Long Beach Ca Team Name: Mariners Colors: Kelly green, California gold, snow white Logo(s)/Uniforms: coming soon Here are the league logos:
  4. In a partnership with the Ontario Reign, the University of California, Riverside will be playing at Citizens Business Bank Arena. Essentially with this partnership, both teams will be using the same practice and game day facilities. The Ontario Reign have also stated that they would like similar partnerships with other teams in the league. Uniforms: More:
  5. Not much to say about California State University Sacramento except that they have high hopes of getting back to the tournament. Uniforms: More:
  6. With only 3 loses the University of Nevada Las Vegas went to the final in the post season tournament. With that said they believe that they can win a championship this season. Sierra conference champion banner: Uniforms: More:
  7. With 19 wins and 40 points the University of the pacific was able to secure a spot in the post season tournament. Since being eliminated in the first round they have not made any major changes. With that said here are their uniforms. Uniforms: More:
  8. Fallowing a winless season the University of California Davis director of operations resigned. This led to 4 high school hockey players (who had previously signed letters of intent) opting to go to other schools within the WCBHA. Early in the off season ESPN did an article naming the top 100 players entering the WCBHA in its second season. All 4 of those high school players were within the top 50. The school had picked a former University of California Davis ice hockey player as their new director of operations. His first act as director of operations was firing the entire coaching staff. This was a violation of multiple contracts and as such they are suing the school. This obviously caught the attention of the director of athletics for University of California Davis. In an open statement he said that he was not pleased with the director of operations. The director of operations further explained that the University of California Davis ball hockey program is under a lot of pressure (coming from the school) due to his actions. He also explained that the team could be held financially responsible for the lawsuits. Which could financially destroy their ball hockey program. As of now they do not have a full coaching staff either. Currently they only have an assistant coach. Uniforms: More:
  9. finishing last season with 53 points, only 6 loses, and finishing in the tournament semi-finals the University of Nevada Reno had a great season. this season they are not only confident in a return to the tournament, but they believe that they could get the championship. Their coach stated that anything other then first (in the tournament) would worthless to his team. Uniforms: More:
  10. After only missing the post season tournament by 4 points, the University of San Francisco hopes to secure a spot in the tournament this season. Launching new alt uniforms this year, they believe they have what it takes to get into the tournament. Uniforms: More:
  11. Finishing the regular season fifth over with 42 points University of California, Berkeley was eliminated in the semi-finals of the post season tournament. Since then they have been building a stronger offense and are confident in a return to the tournament with the hope of making it to the final. With regards to their uniforms, they waned keep both their alt and inaugural jerseys. During negotiations with nike they were given the option to keep either their current alt or replace it with their inaugural jersey. They finally came to the agreement that their inaugural jersey will replace their alt jersey and their alt jersey will replace their home jersey. Here are there uniforms: and more:
  12. St Mary’s College of California decided to not bring back their inaugural jerseys for their second season. They were not really concerned with their uniforms as they were in a period of transition as they lost some key defensive players and their director of operations. Their former head coach has taken on the job of director of operations for the team and the assistant coach became the head coach. Here are their uniforms: and more:
  13. I have a 10 season plan to get this league up to roughly 60 teams, as well as a separate league using NCAA hockey conferences. As far as geography goes there will be at least one team in every state on this side of Kansas with a few on the other side.
  14. After winning the championship in their first season Stanford University looks for an other great season. They were the most dominate team in the league with only 1 lose. Stanford University is hoping and is favored to win back to back championships in their second season. to celebrate their championship they added a champion log to their jerseys and will be raising a banner at their first home game. they have also changed the logo on their jerseys at the request of fans. here is their championship logo and banner: Here are their improved uniforms: and more:
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