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Re: Time to move up?





Sorry. Perhaps I was too gruff, it’s been a long weird season. I didn’t mean to offend you. Free expression on the dboard. Please allow me to clarify. This posters feelings are theoretically great and would probably be awesome advice 20 years ago. Let’s have fun in town hockey until 12 and we will save money and he will play with kids in his neighborhood and he’s a great athlete so he’ll be all set to advance and good teams will gobble him up after they see him in “tryouts.”

But as someone who’s put one kid through and another in the midst, this is just not a very realistic approach for most kids. While your bender’s been playing slow hockey and watching jimmy next door do snow angels during practice and having a blast, there are 30 elite and tier one players in each organization at the same age group playing and practicing against the best in the state or country depending on league/team. It is very hard at age twelve to walk on a good tier one team. Almost impossible to do it at the elite level. Go take your town or lower level all stars and go play mid-Fairfield. They will roll you by 70 and your kid will get whiplash. It’s hard for people to understand just how good some of these teams are. Right or wrong these teams are in high demand. There are many excellent tier 1 players that never get asked to advance. It’s hard and all the kids are very competitive. I’m sure someone will post and tell us about their town player who just inked an elite contract with the islanders at 12. But about same odds as winning mega-millions.

The truth is every choice is different depending on what kid and family wants and most will end up being lucky to play HS hockey. Make the choice that’s best for your player but just please be realistic with your expectations. If you want to try playing competitive hockey, I would put him on the best team that doesn’t overwhelm you or your player as soon as feasible.

Re: Time to move up?

Yeah, I’ve got three playing now, first 2 played town hockey until age 12, one played on a team that was 50% girls as a Squirt, and both migrated to Elite teams as PWs. The youngest one might be even better than the first two, but is still playing town hockey for now ... so I guess I better buy that powerball ticket. ... the truth is there is very little you can do as a parent to change your child’s trajectory as a player. They either have the talent and drive or they don’t. Jumping from association to association thinking it will make them better is fool’s errand.

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Play town until age of twelve. Can’t really do anything to help your kid. Then ride a unicorn into tryouts wearing your tinfoil hat and just “migrate” onto an elite team as a teen. Because he’s athletic. Simple as that.

I’m not familiar, is this how everyone gets into the e9?

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Correct, not much you can do as a parent to change the trajectory of your child as a player. Sorry you wasted so much time and money on your bender to get to the same situation.

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This last post is a fraud, a fake. A double agent. Impersonating someone on the D Board. What loser. Identify yourself! This was not from The HW.

Re: Time to move up?

Anon
Before y’all flame me, my bender is top scorer on a rainbow team with 1/3 of total team points. Based on that metric alone, is that enough to move him up? I know he could stay where he is but I want him to continue to develop. Thanks.
Based on how many goals he scores against weak competition? No. How he skates yes.

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This is spot on, skating is the skill that matters most, you see so many benders who can shoot or dangle but are sloppy skaters, those are the kids that get exposed when they try to move up.

Re: Time to move up?

If your kid is competitive and is athletic and you provide tons of quality private skating instruction he will be able to make an elite team going into high school. But at that point why would it matter, by then your looking at prep or juniors in the future. And they sure as heck don't care where your bender played.

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You can teach skating very difficult to teach hockey IQ. If he has the IQ move him up

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Play for the coach not the level. Though being in the same boat I’d rather see my kid score 15 goals a season rather than 40. If you have a chance to play at a higher level especially if coaches are calling then you should.

Re: Time to move up?

Anon
Before y’all flame me, my bender is top scorer on a rainbow team with 1/3 of total team points. Based on that metric alone, is that enough to move him up? I know he could stay where he is but I want him to continue to develop. Thanks.
Play E9 so you can tell your buddies he plays elite. Then when HS comes, change sports so he doesn't get embarrassed for getting cut.

Re: Time to move up?

Yes, Dave it’s time to move my kid up.