Yes, not like it used to be where it was the only showcase tournament but it is still a great place to get recognized. Know bunches of kids who got recruited for preps and high quality privates as a result of HNIB
Is it invite only or can you just sign up?
Anyone can sign until all the rosters are full . For the most part it is first come first serve . Also there are full teams that enter from different parts of the country . Talent is decent .
Not what it used to be , and now yes kind of money grab . But not a bad week .
If you were going to send your 8th grader to ONLY one of the following:
-Mini Chowder Cup
......to which would you send him?
Same question for 7th grader - if that makes any difference?
Well, what are you trying to get out of it? If you have a few coaches you would want to talk with, email or call them and ask them where they will be. I wouldn't do one and just hope a coach sees your guy play, does not work that way.
Mini Chowder Cup is better.
HNIB is decent and will get you some Prep School exposure ( coaches and admission people at the event) but is twice as much as most other tournaments. Like it has been said, " Not what it used to Be"