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Re: U14

Not sure what the offerings will be yet per team.

I'm sure most players/parents will make a decision based on the organization, coach, and cost.

It's a change year for many - so quite a few go the high school route if possible, and some even go back to town who now realize that little johnny (including the coaches kid) will NOT be playing D1 anytime soon and no longer want to spend the money on joke programs.

Re: U14

After talking with several orgs (Kings, Caps, Falcons/Huskies, Rifles, Elite) they really don't care about u14. Might have a team, might not, have to see who shows up.
Considering taking the year off

Re: U14

Our oldest ran into this a few years back. It's is definitely a transition year for many.
With kids leaving for prep schools, playing 1/2 year for their high school coaches, it's hard to find good options.
I wouldn't take the year off, but take a look at the team cost compared to a year working with a skills instructor 2 times a week.
That's what we did and he is fine, still playing at a decent prep and loving it. Good luck

Re: U14

anon
Any ideas what U14 Fed will look like next year? They must have 1/2 season and Full Season schedule? What are most parents doing next year. Staying with current team, finding new teams, playing high school?


Usually a few teams will load up to make a run at Nationals. You will have a few good teams and some awful teams. Half season comes and is good. Then some kids make prep varsity or high school varsity and things get messy as teams need to find fill ins for the rest of the season and the quality of play drops off immensely as the better players left. U14 year is a mess no matter how you shake it.

Re: U14

anon
anon
Any ideas what U14 Fed will look like next year? They must have 1/2 season and Full Season schedule? What are most parents doing next year. Staying with current team, finding new teams, playing high school?


Usually a few teams will load up to make a run at Nationals. You will have a few good teams and some awful teams. Half season comes and is good. Then some kids make prep varsity or high school varsity and things get messy as teams need to find fill ins for the rest of the season and the quality of play drops off immensely as the better players left. U14 year is a mess no matter how you shake it.


Been through this twice. What grade is your kid in? If he will be a 9th grader next year and can make a high school team then you will need a half year team. If he will be in 8th grade or you don't think he will play varsity as a freshman then he will need full year. Full year teams are harder to come by. After thanksgiving there will be some turmoil as many teams disband and some who thought junior would not make varsity does. So alternates are needed or rosters become very thin. Competition and level of play does drop. But first thing you need to determine is half or full then look around for what best fits your needs

Do you want to compete for nationals? Then some teams will be putting teams together and will be recruiting as there are no longer any transfer rules. These teams play at a high level If you don't want to go to nationals then usually any competitive team will do. Half year is so short that most people look at it as staying in condition until high school. Full season becomes for 8th graders and jv players. Definitely the red headed step child year of hockey. It gets better at u16 and u18 as most of the options are half season and full season teams are strictly alternatives to high school and prep. Good luck

Re: U14

Anon
anon
anon
Any ideas what U14 Fed will look like next year? They must have 1/2 season and Full Season schedule? What are most parents doing next year. Staying with current team, finding new teams, playing high school?


Usually a few teams will load up to make a run at Nationals. You will have a few good teams and some awful teams. Half season comes and is good. Then some kids make prep varsity or high school varsity and things get messy as teams need to find fill ins for the rest of the season and the quality of play drops off immensely as the better players left. U14 year is a mess no matter how you shake it.


Been through this twice. What grade is your kid in? If he will be a 9th grader next year and can make a high school team then you will need a half year team. If he will be in 8th grade or you don't think he will play varsity as a freshman then he will need full year. Full year teams are harder to come by. After thanksgiving there will be some turmoil as many teams disband and some who thought junior would not make varsity does. So alternates are needed or rosters become very thin. Competition and level of play does drop. But first thing you need to determine is half or full then look around for what best fits your needs

Do you want to compete for nationals? Then some teams will be putting teams together and will be recruiting as there are no longer any transfer rules. These teams play at a high level If you don't want to go to nationals then usually any competitive team will do. Half year is so short that most people look at it as staying in condition until high school. Full season becomes for 8th graders and jv players. Definitely the red headed step child year of hockey. It gets better at u16 and u18 as most of the options are half season and full season teams are strictly alternatives to high school and prep. Good luck


Good post. Right on the money.

Re: U14

Be sure you know what you are signing up for with U14...

Re: U14

Anon
Be sure you know what you are signing up for with U14...


Problem is most people wont know what to sign up for. If your kid is a 9th grader and trying out for high school you arent sure if he is making varsity until post tryouts.

Re: U14

anon
Anon
Be sure you know what you are signing up for with U14...


Problem is most people wont know what to sign up for. If your kid is a 9th grader and trying out for high school you arent sure if he is making varsity until post tryouts.
Which is why you sign up for full season and if he makes Varsity move forward from there. If he doesn't, and you signed up for half season, you have to go looking.

And, candidly, unless your kid is a real stud, how good is the Varsity team he will get meaningful minutes on as a Freshman? Chances are you should hope he doesn't make Varsity, because his full season U14 team is probably going to develop him more.

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IS JM really doing a U14 with the prospects? How is that going to work and where will they skate out of, kids from NY, VT, CT, MA, NJ. Its on the website so it must be true!
Heard it will be with Falcons/Huskies also? any info

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Heard the program was a supplement to existing U-14 programs, not sure though that Falcons / Huskies is the way it will go.

Re: U14

Anon
Heard the program was a supplement to existing U-14 programs, not sure though that Falcons / Huskies is the way it will go.

So pay for a U14 team, then pay for Prospect team also. Pay for 2 teams? Double Pay!

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what about the idea of half season winter teams? I have seen a few examples where the organization keeps the better U14's together in the fall for a split season team..... both 8th and 9th graders. Then when fall split season ends and high school starts.... the 8th graders and some of the 9th graders stay together and form a winter half season team. There should always be a kid or two from other organizations in the area that fall into the same bucket to help fill out the team.

the idea is having trouble gaining traction, but I think it is really the best way to handle it.... otherwise, if you are a 8th grade U14... the best option might just be skills and maybe a few tournaments to supplement the missing games. who wants to do just that?

but yes... everyone is spot on that the U14 is a mess of a year. It is the major downside to USAH going with strict birth years, not school year, and with parents insisting that their johnny freshman plays varsity and rides the pine.

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Love this time of year...so much jockeying and back stabbing and flat out lying going on...Be careful who you believe...

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Steve Steve Steve It's ok boy

Re: U14

Anon
Love this time of year...so much jockeying and back stabbing and flat out lying going on...Be careful who you believe...

This is true

Re: U14

anon
Anon
Love this time of year...so much jockeying and back stabbing and flat out lying going on...Be careful who you believe...

This is true


If you are in this situation, you must likely put yourself there. This time of year is only dramatic for teams with parents who think their kids are better than they are.
The kids are still only 13-14, get some perspective people.
There are are tons of options for U14, find one and move on.

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Update: Now I see people are skipping Bantam Major all together and going right to U16? Hope Trump doesn't cancel your health insurance because your kid is going to need it! Our oldest played up but he was 6 Feet tall and about 155lbs and he still got killed, every game, it took a huge toll on his body. Now we have applications from 13/14 year old 100lb kids coming in who can barely compete at the level they are at now. OK, you asked for it.

Re: U14

anon
Update: Now I see people are skipping Bantam Major all together and going right to U16? Hope Trump doesn't cancel your health insurance because your kid is going to need it! Our oldest played up but he was 6 Feet tall and about 155lbs and he still got killed, every game, it took a huge toll on his body. Now we have applications from 13/14 year old 100lb kids coming in who can barely compete at the level they are at now. OK, you asked for it.


Well honesty starts at U16

Re: U14

anon
anon
Anon
Love this time of year...so much jockeying and back stabbing and flat out lying going on...Be careful who you believe...

This is true


If you are in this situation, you must likely put yourself there. This time of year is only dramatic for teams with parents who think their kids are better than they are.
The kids are still only 13-14, get some perspective people.
There are are tons of options for U14, find one and move on.



100% agree - plenty of options. If you're not happy where you are/have been, move - no one has a lock on u14 hockey, so don't listen to any coaches or orgs that tell you you're better off staying if you really don't want to be there.

Bottom line, do what will make your player happy and continue to enjoy hockey - that's all that matters.

Re: U14

anon
everyone is spot on that the U14 is a mess of a year. It is the major downside to USAH going with strict birth years, not school year, and with parents insisting that their johnny freshman plays varsity and rides the pine.

My kid's U14 years were fine, no issues. Played full season both years, everyone else did, too. Lost a couple of kids to JV the first year (such a waste) and one kid to a bad Varsity team the second. No big deal, certainly not a "mess of a year."

Know lots of other kids whose U14 years were fine as well. I guess it depends on the quality of the program or, in the words of BTO, "if you get in with the right bunch of fellows."