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Re: USA Hockey-ADM

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Have fun with this one!! This is a question and answer from the Bantam USA modules.

Talent at the 14U level at times can be misleading. It is necessary to keep this in perspective. Development takes time; the best 14U player is not always the best 18U player.

correct answer: True
False

Keep thinking your 9 year old is going to make it to the NHL!
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"Is not always"

Think about that line for a minute. Read it again. That line has always been, and always will be a bone they throw to kids/people who just don't have it. But it gives them hope! Keep paying your $.




Good point!

Top gun "Is not always" the worst team in every division.

The most intelligent kid in school "Is not always" valedictorian.

The train "Is not always" on time.


A little introspection and deep reading clearly illustrates that those things really are the norm. Sure strange things happen, but if your kid isn't really improving or turning heads at 14, common sense tells you that something really drastic needs to happen. Keep those fingers crossed.

Re: USA Hockey-ADM

It's not age it's puberty/growth spurt. If he's not turning heads after hitting growth spurt then take a look in the mirror. I agree kids don't just come out of no where - but lots of good players at 12-14 haven't really progressed yet b/c strength/size isn't there. Look at the Minnesota numbers , very few college commits even make varsity as a frosh - size/strength is just not there yet FOR MOST KIDS.

Re: USA Hockey-ADM

anon
It's not age it's puberty/growth spurt. If he's not turning heads after hitting growth spurt then take a look in the mirror. I agree kids don't just come out of no where - but lots of good players at 12-14 haven't really progressed yet b/c strength/size isn't there. Look at the Minnesota numbers , very few college commits even make varsity as a frosh - size/strength is just not there yet FOR MOST KIDS.

If size/strength is not there for "most kids", then those late developers should be comparable in size/strength to "most kids" and their athletic ability should enable them to still compete at a high level. That is, if they have the athletic ability to compete at the highest levels. The best players at U18 were not non-factors at U14, I don't care how big they were at the time. Size matters but athletic ability, skating, and hockey IQ matter more.