He didn't 'fit into their scheme?' I went out for a few of their games back then and from what I saw was they were trying to run the offense though the undersized D and giving him all of the ice time he could handle - so he was 'the scheme.'
Interestingly enough, yes the other kids were more ready to play - two I was out to see - and it was clearly a process of trying too hard to make it work and it didn't. Is the kid a bad player today? No. Did they have more high school ready kids right there? Obviously, but I think the coaches gave in trying to keep him there for when he would have been ready and that clearly didn't work either.
though it's funny LM is playing college hockey, and the other kids who were "more ready to play", are sitting at home watching him on tv
I'm hopeful that my youth hockey player will play high school and be more than a 3rd\4th liner as he enjoys the game. 12yrs old, atheletic. Below average hockey IQ\skill, better than average skating. Has showing steady progression each year but nothing shocking, enjoys checking and contact. We've done all the typical skills programs
For the parents with older kids...
Did a light turn on at a certain age?
What age did your child improve the most or was it a steady progression?
Where is he currently playing ? I bet I can give an educated guess where he will be in 2 or 3 years, or if he is at least headed in the right direction if he wants it.
He currently plays Tier 1, EHF & Town Hockey.
Top 2-3 on his town team, bottom of the pack on his club team
He will be fine, stay positive and keep doing what your doing. Unless your local high school is a powerhouse even the Tier 1 kids are top contributrs to the team.
Plenty of middle of the pack Tier 1 and AAA kids go on to be the top high school players on their team and area.
And remember to set a realistic goal for yourselves and child, unlike most of the fruitloops on here. If your kid has enough skill to be a captain of his competitive high school, then that is a thing the majority of youth hockey players never reach and means a great deal to them, but if your illusions of grandeur have him playing at a top NCAA school then that high school captaincy seems like a disappointment if that's his pinnacle.
I'm sure a very accurate answer could be given with more info like which EHF Tier 1 team and where he will go to high school.
Either way, he wil be fine and be vastly better than the kids who played just town going into high school, unless he is struggling with his EHF team