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Playing up is almost always beneficial and great for development but there is no way anyone can give you accurate advice without knowing which organizations. Especially at the 05 level, which is low level throughout the region and 04 struggles at some programs as well.
Now I know everyone needs to hide behind the anonymous cloak here so we will never know which organizations your referring to, but as en example : Don't think it will be an easy transition from Bandits 05E to any team that is playing in the E9.
Now who knows if the "E9" eligible team is actually a BHL National team.
So, without more info nobody can give you sound advice
After having lived through it, I'm not sure the comment - "Playing up is almost always beneficial and great for development" is accurate. After seeing one of my sons do it for a few years I think it hurt his confidence on the ice and the game of hockey is about 90% confidence. That and always being one of the smaller kids on the ice and taking his share of hits I think I would have done it differently if he had to do it over again. I think it's a lot like the kids that are born at the tail-end of the calendar year and how they seem to fade out of the scene as the years go by.
Just my two cents. Good luck regardless.
Here are facts.
In the same season (14-15), my son played in the Elite 9 (16 games), BHL (24) and EHF Elite (16).
PPG for each were
EHF Elite: 1.18 ppg
Elite 9: 1.06 ppg
BHL: 3.70 ppg
Prestigious camps and combines! Too funny...
Yeah! Tons. How many '02's are committed to college programs?
Moving to the E9 from EHF isn't moving "up" in anyway, even if it's a year ahead. Some kids will be bigger, sure, but the idea that their skills will be better is laughable.
another E9 Sucks Troll. If you know anything about hockey outside of what your coach and ptema parents try and vomit all over you you will know the skills are comparable. and i would say at best 60/40 ehf.
May be a good move they have a quality program.
Bottom line is all kids thrive on the ice differently. What wasn't good for one benders kid, may be best for your superstar. There's no development plan that works for all players. If there having fun and getting better, go for it.
Spartans organization has an automatic E9 bid, but has opted out at the 2004 level the last two years. Last year they were placed in the BHL National Division after parity. This will be a major step down from an EHF Elite 05 team, IMO.
I would ask them what their intentions are for next year, and if they intend to play E9 I would attempt to verify that they've made adequate improvements to be able to compete in that division.
What 05 team is your son on?
Didn't Seacoast 04 win the BHL last year? And I know they made some upvrades next year so I would expect them to take the automatic bid next year...
Excellent information. Thank you to all.