kadenb
I know that WAHA and the WIAA are different organizations but is WAHA more of a midget atmosphere and is it the same skill level as WIAA?
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parkside211
Others can weigh in better than I can. It's usually pretty dead around here before the season gets going. That said, yes WAHA is more of a midget/bantam atmosphere as far as I understand. Back in the early 90s when WIAA hockey was still getting going and had a low number of teams, I think it was a fair debate between which had the better skill level. I'm fairly certain that now even average WIAA hockey teams trump just about all of the WAHA teams. The teams that have made the jump from WAHA to WIAA in the last few years really struggled to compete in their first few years as WIAA programs. I'm thinking of Manitowoc, Shawano, Oshkosh, etc.

For some of the larger hockey communities around the state that support both WIAA and WAHA teams, the WAHA teams tend to be more of a "rec team" and are filled with players that for whatever reason, just couldn't really make it on their WIAA teams.

That said, I've never played WIAA or WAHA hockey, and I don't have any children that have either, so take it with a grain of salt, []
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hueby
In WIAA sanctioned hockey you get a higher practice to game ratio. This should equate to better skills development. In the majority of cases the coaching is much better too.

In WIAA hockey players are held to higher standards of conduct, both on and off the ice. Also in the classroom with academics. WAHA does run some very good off season programs, but am guessing you are referring to just WAHA high school rec hockey.

One downside to WIAA hockey are the players themselves are some of the ugliest hockey players you will ever see. This is one reason the women don't flock to them like they do in MI & MN.

I'm surprised coaches don't throw pucks at their faces because these guys are so ugly.
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parkside211
hueby wrote:
In WIAA sanctioned hockey you get a higher practice to game ratio. This should equate to better skills development. In the majority of cases the coaching is much better too.

In WIAA hockey players are held to higher standards of conduct, both on and off the ice. Also in the classroom with academics. WAHA does run some very good off season programs, but am guessing you are referring to just WAHA high school rec hockey.

One downside to WIAA hockey are the players themselves are some of the ugliest hockey players you will ever see. This is one reason the women don't flock to them like they do in MI & MN.

I'm surprised coaches don't throw pucks at their faces because these guys are so ugly.




I think that was the most random thing you've ever posted, even moreso than all of the Sweden stuff, [] I don't know why, but your quote above made me laugh, I guess because it was just so out of the blue, whatever the hell it was.
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hueby
Parkside211-

Nice seeing you back posting. I had come back on here to edit that out. I hope everyone knows I was only kidding.
Hopefully they know I support them.

WAHA can be a way for many to get back to their roots. Remember how things were when you started? Remember when the game was really fun? Remember when the teams were close knit?

There was talk in the Green Bay area of having more WAHA teams again.

I think having all the better players all go to one team has started to take its toll. More and more people are realizing if you were not a Junior Gambler, write off WIAA hockey. For the thousands of dollars a family spends-and even worse if your program is self-funded-people are beginning to wonder if WIAA is worth it.

There are still many who love the game so much they don't care about playing for the fanfare. But I'm not aware of any more WAHA teams starting back up.

But this can be another difference between the two.
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