Is this a common problem in the hockey world? We have several guys in my league who can barely skate (seriously, no exaggeration), yet they think they belong in the upper tier leagues at our rink. There is one guy that plays that can't even stop either way, or make a tight turn, and he looks like a newborn deer on skates, total bender, yet he says he needs to be bumped to upper C, we play in D, which is basically a beginner/novice league here. The guy is slower than molasses in February, and only plays A/B pick up. The A/B guys go real easy on him and basically let him do whatever he wants and it blows his head up and says he can easily keep up with them. He is becoming a liability to the guys in the A/B pick up games because it is more dangerous for the other players and himself, yet he will not listen to anyone about playing C/D pick up. It is seriously becoming a problem. There are several other issues with this at my rink and they just won't listen to anyone about playing in the league they belong in. I know my place, I am in my 30's, will never make it to the show, or even house B league, and I am fine with that. I play because I love the game, it keeps me fit, and it creates new friendships. I have pulled him aside, in a professional manner and explained to him that he should just play with us, the C/D guys and he wants nothing to do with it. I am out of ideas for helping the guy, as he is a really nice guy who just has no idea about reality. My only other plan is to install a delusional detector at the rink, and you must re-enter the rink until the buzzer goes off, and reality set in. Please help, or explain if this happens anywhere else in the hockey world.