My son will be a U14 next year. Will make his Varsity team but very unlikely to play. What's better for development? Practicing varsity or playing for his U14 team, which is EHF elite.
EHF Elite in the second half is garbage. I watched the Kings play the other day and they had 8 kids on the bench, 1 of them was wearing Express gear and he looked like a giraffe on skates. If that kid is setting the bar you're better off sitting on a bench.
True, they don't develop on the bench during 20 games, however, the 40+ practices vs kids that are bigger faster and stronger is where they develop. Don't get hung up on game time ice. Kids develop at practice at this age. They push themselves to compete vs the older players.
Good luck with that. Those 5-10 touches in a game vs 100-200 touches every practice. I'll take my chances.
Play split season, then look for an alternate spot somewhere after Thanksgiving. There will be openings that allow him a chance to play games with kids his own age while practicing with his school team. Good luck, that's what I'll be trying for with my kid in the same situation.
3rd time around for me and almost done. Everyone is different with varying objectives however if you want a better player, and more importantly if the kid wants to improve play on a FS team that augments league play in 2nd half with quality tournaments. My experience was as follows for frosh year.
Boy 1: club for 1/2 season then rode pine. 4th liner who stood to the side watching practice most of the time. Ended up riding pine soph as well as he didn’t nearly get the puck touches we thought. Ok Jr year, not so hot Sr year as new talent that came in was good. Lots of bad habits.
Boy 2: club for full season then came in as a contributing 3rd liner as soph. 2nd liner jr year and Capt sr year. Best decision was the frosh year due to actual play and confidence.
Boy 3: soph this year. Played u14 FS and decided to go right to u16 FS vs play HS where he would have been a 3rd liner at best. Huge development year this year with the 3+ practices and 65+ games against very good talent, mostly within his same age and size. Was noticed by a prep and they asked him to repeat and come in as a soph, but same boat as he would have been as a frosh in public. Opting for 1 more year of u16 and repeat as a Jr. Prep coach ok with that and actually thinks better for development and thinks him being go to player in u16 for another season puts him in a position for more FA next year coming in as contributing 2nd liner.wants a commitment now. Great to have options, barring a major injury of course.
So this is just my experience but given the maturity of full season teams right now compared to when my oldest was playing, it’s a no-brainer. If you are in public high school and you expect your player to get better, they won’t. Coaching in public’s is hit or miss and not all include underclassmen in practices. Plus, coaching, talent and intensity at a good u16 program better than public HS varsity. Everyone is different but this is my experience.
puck touches in public HS hockey? that's a stretch. kids can't make or receive passes? :ice_hockey_stick_and_puck:
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Seriously. Go watch the state tourney games this week. This is the best of the best. You do the math.
Play full no questions asked. You son will develop more playing FS.
play split like previous poster and be an alternate for full. No miaa violation as long as he doesn't skip a practice or game for HS team.
Go wherever he will play and develop. Sitting on the bench will not make him a better hockey player.
Varsity hockey practices are 90% special teams play and is usually First line goes 4 times, second line goes twice, 3rd and 4th line go once. FS hockey is a little better, but if your son is not a top 6 or top 4, the same thing happens.
As for game ice, even the 3rd/4th line kids on a FS team will see shifts, but don't think for 1 minute that it will be rolling lines. Good luck.
U14 teams don’t have 4 lines. Most teams will roll lines except in special team situations. Go where the kid will actually play, with kids who can actually play.
But then don't you run the risk of upsetting the Varsity HC who then see's you as someone who isn't "with the program" if you choose to play FS rather then sit on his bench and practice under him to learn the finer points of the game and have your kid "pay his dues."