Grassroot development is the key to sporting success! If you noticed, most of the Asian countries have a top down approach to their hockey team. Their National Teams come first in priority. The respective Federations' calendar is based on the International Assignments they have in a year and most of the time affecting badly the National Leagues and even the junior level hockey. It's quite baffling... just because for a pool of 30 National Team players, there's actually nothing to look forward to in the local scene. And because of this, we see schools losing interest, junior players 'retired' early, sponsors shying away and all is left in the National League is the very 'fortunate' elite few. (sadly there's not much quality in it too) Good luck to those who wish to improve the grassroot structure. It needs a dedication from a few just for a start.