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'I have been fighting the BAA for about seven years'to the editor,
Posted September 6, 2012
First of all, I believe that Ted Scovell misspresented himself in his letter last week by not identifying that he is an executive board member on the BAA.
I also would like to know how long he has lived in Beeton and how long he has been a member of the BAA. I ask because I am one of those so called band of followers of Terry McDermott that he referred to.
What Mr. Scovell doesn't know is I have been against the BAA for even longer than Mr McDermott, but I will forever be grateful for the voice he has given us with his hard work and determination.
I have been fighting the BAA for about seven years and will continue long after my son is no longer playing hockey. This fight has been waged for many important reasons including the fact that Beeton hockey is not a safe environment for children to play in anymore. Until your children play contact you really will not understand how dangerous a situation it is.
The BAA does not serve the best interests of the children or they wouldn't even contemplate icing rep teams in Peewee and older. If parents want their kids to play local league in Beeton by all means stay a local league centre. However please be aware that every other sport is played outside of Beeton.
What gives Mr. Scovell the right to call TNT's house and local league "inferior" to Beeton? I am assuming his sons have never played there. Furthermore with his two sons growing up in this community, the smallest of the three urban areas, they will attend high school with kids from all three communities which makes it a lot easier if they have made friends with kids from both Alliston and Tottenham. And one of the best ways to accomplish that is to play sports with them.
My son was lucky enough to make the rep team for TNT but had he not he still would have played local there for many reasons, the main one being he started high school this year and I want him to be able to play the sport he loves with all his peers, not just the ones from Beeton.
As it turns out the majority of his friends haven't played for Beeton for a while. This is a shared community. It is time the BAA becomes aware of this.
Hockey in Beeton is the only thing that is not shared. Hockey parents of Beeton must be much lazier than any other sport parents if they can't drive a short distance for kids to practice their sport. If it comes down to connivence over what is right for the kids, then how sad is that?
I also believe that the new parents to Beeton hockey have been duped by the BAA time and again and when they finally get wise to their ways it is too late for their kids. Trust me if you continue with this ridiculous idea of keeping a league with rep someone is going to get hurt bad and then what?
Did what happened this year not prove to everyone that the BAA is only holding on by a thread? They started by saying for the 2012/2013 season they were going to have rep in novice, peewee, bantam and midget. As it stands now they only have novice with midget not determined. What a joke.
There are a number of local league kids in Beeton that would have been forced to play elsewhere this year if Beeton was successful in their bid to have rep in peewee and bantam since they didn't have the numbers for both local and rep in these divisions. What about those kids? That is proof that the BAA could care less about the kids, and they certainly didn't care about the kids that just wanted to play local.
TNT gives children options. Beeton does not. That says it all.