Hammerfest is in Coombs, right? We were just there on the 2nd. and we didn't see any trenches in the road.
We pay about $225/month in the winter and about $65/month in the summer but we have a couple of small out-buildings that are also heated as well as a barn which isn't. Based on that you are probably right in the ball park at $150 a month in the winter.
That is a very good point but I am not sure that would increase the competivenes of other countries. It wouldn't even require a parallel league to achieve that; all you would have to do is change the brackets for each division. For example, players born after a certain date in a year are held back a division. We already have some parents do that in our league. Incidently, the ages where the difference between a player born at the beginning of the year and one born towards the end of the year is greatest seems to be from 11-14 (peewee and bantam divisions) and in the very beginning (3-5 year olds). In between and after those ages genetics plays a greater part than physical development.