If the 8th grader has some skill, it will make your 99 better. My son played varsity as an 8th grader on a weak public high school. He was not a stud, but a pretty good player. He was fine, as were the older and bigger kids playing with him. Better off playing with skill vs a kid with just size and nothing else.
Low level h.s. hockey is pretty scary... lugheads taking runs at kids, big football idiots who have no business being out there
It's happening more and more each year. High Schools just don't have the numbers and junior high kids are coming up to "fill spots" on Varsity or JV. Sad, but high school hockey in Massachusetts is on it's way out...
So if this is the first or second year your kid made the team (that needs to play 8th graders) he is likely not very good and all the reps he can get are good reps in the case he is a late bloomer. if this is the 3rd or 4th year you kid has made the team you are a hypocrite..... either way I doubt having some good young players on the team is bad for him. Encourage him to be a leader and help the kids out, that will get him further in life than hockey. Also it might be time to stop whining and complaining the road is near the end. Sit back and enjoy the waning moments.
OP here. My son and most of the seniors made it as a sophomore. We are a mid-level D2 program that has the note over the last two years. Seems like Coach is scrambling to try to rebuild. Just a giant size differential seems dangerous. My son said smaller younger kids afraid to go in the corner to battle. Talk about skill all you want but if a kid cannot physically engage he cannot impact the game and is not playing at the right level and will probably hurt his own and fellow teammates development.
The talent is the talent. Tell the coach to recruit some big 12th graders off of the chess team.
So what are you proposing, they not field a team and you go pay some U18 program 10K to play?
Just wondering what people are thinking when they speak. Obviously they don't.
Be a part of the solution not the problem.
Yeah, idiot. How dare you suggest that pulling up 8th graders may be dangerous. Be part of the solution. Invent a time machine, go back in time and make sure when you plant your seed in your wife that she sprouts hockey playing quadruplets so you can fill out your kid's high school team with your spawn. That's how you become part of the solution. It's amazing that you are too stupid to figure that out.
Hey it's D-2 high school hockey in Mass, what do you expect? It's not like a higher level where 4-5 kids on JV would have no problem making varsity at most schools. Let the kid take these kids under his wing, get him to drive the kids to and from practice and let him show some leadership....and enjoy the ride for what it is because the end is near.
The air is being let out of the local h.s. hockey scene rather rapidly. If it's not D-1 or C.C. level of hockey I'd think almost any kid could make a high school varsity team coming out of organized hockey. And by 'organized hockey' I do not mean town hockey.
For each is own folks. HS hockey has become the same as Town hockey, which is fine as to the previous poster's point, it provides more, not less options for kids. Just keep in mind that the quality has declined significantly, not just a players standpoint, but also with coaches. Public HS hockey is great for the kids who want to represent their town vs. actually improve. Remember the kids who were studs on the Pee Wee and Bantam town A teams? The one kid who's parents resisted the club scene. Well, what happens to those kids in the real development years, meaning HS? Exactly. Nothing. Not a judgement, just a fact.
If, and a big if, a kid wants to further his hockey experience, a CC, high level Prep, or club team is the only option this day and age. Your as good as who you consistently play with. It's that simple.
As far as underclassmen or even Jr High kids playing varsity? That's just a*s clown parental egos. Nothing more. Idiot dads trying to justify their kid being good vs. acknowledging the real problem, which is the program is really bad if they need help from first or second year Bantam age kids. If a youngster is that good, no way a bender senior with much more size and less skill will make him better. Go watch a USPHL or T1HL game u15, u16 or u18 game. Most upper classmen couldn't hang with a u15 team let alone a u16.
Schools should not allow 8th graders to play. It's that simple. Too young, too small, just dumb. Any good HS or College coach will tell you that. Just stupid. Dangerous on many fronts. 8th graders hanging and driving around with seniors who are through puberty, boozing, vaping and shagging their girlfriends? Really? Justify that parent of the year.
Stop being in such a hurry for your kid to grow up. It happens fast enough. If he's that good, he's playing for a top notch club team.
Just another insanity within the overly insane hockey world we live here in the northeast. Egotistical morons.
What about kids who are repeats and should be 9th or even 10th graders? Happens at prep and CC all the time. 14 and 15 yo 8th graders
If a kid is a 15 year old 8th grader then I would hope he’s on s full ride at his prep school.