We have received many questions from players and captains on to which bracket they should sign up for. Here is a general description of the player/team talent level when considering which bracket to place your team. These are just guidelines. Use your best judgment when registering your team and selecting player for your team.
If you want to register your team or play in a HIGHER bracket that is your option. We also understand that with the difference in player abilities and combination of these players on a team the OVERALL strength of a team can be affected.
Keep in mind these are just a set of generic guidelines and not rules.
Men's A Bracket (Advanced)
The overall skill level of the players in our A Bracket should be an above average rec. league, high school, college/university, junior or higher skilled player. Some teams may include a couple of intermediate players, but it is suggested that no C Bracket players play in this division.
Example: Davenport University players and alum have played tourney sinse 2005. Grand Rapids Owls Reunion Team, Fisher Body Hockey League.
Men's B+ Bracket (Intermediate)
Overall skill level of the players in our B+ Bracket should be a strong to average rec. league player, played in high school or junior players that haven't played in a while (not a full team of them). From a team stand point we understand a team in this bracket may have a couple of players that may be able to play at an advanced level. Our B+ Bracket is quite competitive. Some may consider some teams ringer teams, but these teams have come from other B/B+ Bracket tournaments and we have all beat up on each other. If you have played in our tournament before you would probably agree with my break down.
Men's B Bracket (Novice)
Overall skill level of the players in our B Bracket should have between 1 - 3 years of playing experience. 35+ in age and just looking to have a fun time and play some hockey. From a team stand point we understand a team in this bracket may have a couple of players that may be able to play at an intermediate skill level.
Co-Ed Bracket (Novice) & Women's Open Bracket (Novice)
The Women's Bracket has switched to Novice ability in the hopes of bringing some teams to the SPC.
Our Co-Ed Bracket is something new that we want to do for the 2012 tourney. Teams should be good mix of players. We are going to set some of the rules shortly, but primarily we are going to say . . . there must be 3 women on the ice at all times, no including the goaltender. Men can not slap shot, women have no limits.