Chicago and Detroit teams won't start dominating the rankings until peewee. EHF teams have a chance at squirts. I'm not even sure what they do for mites out there. Probably teach hockey skills. Seems to pay off when they grow older.
Rarely do the 'best Mites' make it to Bantams as anything more than average...unless they have the right family tree.
My 09 player is the best munchkin eater after games. By far. He's AAAA Platinum.
They start with the best kids at an early age and focus on skills to develop them with an eye towards making them the best players at 14 and beyond. They don't chase wins at mite or squirt.
I think you're confusing the Massachusetts model with the anywhere but here model.
My 2010 is "playing up" with the 09's this season....I'm sure you have heard about him already.
My 09 is going to be a POWER ranger for Halloween. Red Ranger.
C'mon. get real
Most of those kids will not stay with the sport once they figure-out a D-1 full ride in lacrosse is a fraction of the work as it is with hockey.