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Re: U15/16

It looks like the top u14 kids can make the top u16 national bound teams wiz, jr bruins,whalers, rats and eagles. But those are for a limited few, even top e9/ fed players . The rest who can’t make the jump do u15 tier 1 national bound. The rest is tier 2 u16 and u15. I can’t imagine tier 2 u15 is all that great for a current u14. A lot depends on who is coaching etc. all tier 1 teams are pretty much selected, if not they will be before tryouts.

Re: U15/16

I don’t think a 14 year old can make a 15o or u16 national bound team. According to USA hockey rules, u16 is for 15 and 16 year olds and 15o is for 15 year olds only. That doesn’t mean a 14 year old cannot play up, he/she just cannot be on the official roster for games counted toward NB qualifications.

Re: U15/16

Anon
I don’t think a 14 year old can make a 15o or u16 national bound team. According to USA hockey rules, u16 is for 15 and 16 year olds and 15o is for 15 year olds only. That doesn’t mean a 14 year old cannot play up, he/she just cannot be on the official roster for games counted toward NB qualifications.
Right, so a current u 14 now, offered a spot on next years u 16 half season but then contacted by a u15 for their half season, so I wonder what the advantage is? I would think u16 , playing with two age groups is more competitive than u15 snd better in preparation for HS since they will be playing in HS against different age groups

Re: U15/16

Playing up U16 is excellent preparation for HS season. The games are faster, you are playing against kids, who have had an extra year development behind them. It’s a no brainer. You also need to look at the composition of your team and to make sure you get quality coaching, but your opponents will be dictating a faster tempo and that in and of itself is great. If you are offered U16, you take it.

Re: U15/16

Anon
I don’t think a 14 year old can make a 15o or u16 national bound team. According to USA hockey rules, u16 is for 15 and 16 year olds and 15o is for 15 year olds only. That doesn’t mean a 14 year old cannot play up, he/she just cannot be on the official roster for games counted toward NB qualifications.
Next years U16 would be for Birth year 05-06. Some of the 06 will still be 14

Re: U15/16

its actually not about whether or not you can make the jump in most cases. U 15 nationally is now a great option and heavily scouted. People sometimes need an extra year depending on size. Sometimes it is also about being evaluated properly at your own age level. USA hockey is also watching closely at that age for the top players and sometimes better evaluated within own age group

Re: U15/16

I’m going to assume we’re talking about a u 14 player in the tier one division now? I’ve never seen many u14 elite EHF kids go to a u15 team national bound team but I have seen it with some tier 1 friends of my Sons. I would say that if you’re staying in the EHF, a u 16 division is still a better level of play then u15 for comp and prep for high school

Re: U15/16

U15 hockey in general is not very good. There are a small number of high level U15 teams that will compete Nationally. A better route is to play U16 for the next two years. This coming season this would be 05’s and 06’s playing on U16 Half season teams. A much better alternative for obvious reasons.

Re: U15/16

Anon
U15 hockey in general is not very good. There are a small number of high level U15 teams that will compete Nationally. A better route is to play U16 for the next two years. This coming season this would be 05’s and 06’s playing on U16 Half season teams. A much better alternative for obvious reasons.
We must be coming out of the disinformation abyss, this thread is cogent.

Re: U15/16

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Anon
U15 hockey in general is not very good. There are a small number of high level U15 teams that will compete Nationally. A better route is to play U16 for the next two years. This coming season this would be 05’s and 06’s playing on U16 Half season teams. A much better alternative for obvious reasons.
We must be coming out of the disinformation abyss, this thread is cogent.
I'm confused, are you agreeing with the poster you just responded to or disagreeing?

Re: U15/16

as an 06, if you can get on a good u16 Tier 1 National bound team, do it. Hard to do. outside of Eagles and Flames, forget the EHF teams. Beast League teams is the way to go depending on where you live. Also, if you can get on a U16 Tier 2 with a great coach, do it. as the other posters noted, bigger, faster stronger than u15 so your kid would be better prepared for HS. the key is that you have to have really good coach. If not, find a good u15 tier 1 National Bound team that plays in the Beast league. PLenty of really good tier 1 u14's will be playing u15 tier 1 next year. however, some of the high end 06's (not mine) will go u16. Hope this helps, good luck

Re: U15/16

spot on, looking at a few good u15 NB, but there are only a few. 2nd option is to go u16 tier 2 with a good coach.

Re: U15/16

anon
A NON
Anon
U15 hockey in general is not very good. There are a small number of high level U15 teams that will compete Nationally. A better route is to play U16 for the next two years. This coming season this would be 05’s and 06’s playing on U16 Half season teams. A much better alternative for obvious reasons.
We must be coming out of the disinformation abyss, this thread is cogent.
I'm confused, are you agreeing with the poster you just responded to or disagreeing?
I'm confused you're confused. It's neither agreement nor disagreement, just that the thread and posts within are mostly well constructed and thought out without being dismissive. It's a good question and some good responses.

Re: U15/16

You dummies actually think playing at AAu16 is going to prepare your lousy benders to play against 18 year olds? HAHAHAHAHAHAHA

If your kid is good, then he's good. Playing u15 or u16 is irrelevant. He either has it, or he doesnt, he's either gone through puberty or he hasn't. You think sniffing a 16 year old's jock is going to somehow get him ready to play with juniors or seniors? Laughable.

Re: U15/16

dummies
You dummies actually think playing at AAu16 is going to prepare your lousy benders to play against 18 year olds? HAHAHAHAHAHAHA

If your kid is good, then he's good. Playing u15 or u16 is irrelevant. He either has it, or he doesnt, he's either gone through puberty or he hasn't. You think sniffing a 16 year old's jock is going to somehow get him ready to play with juniors or seniors? Laughable.
Sounds like your kid learned the hard way he should have taken up soccer. Bitter much?

Re: U15/16

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dummies
You dummies actually think playing at AAu16 is going to prepare your lousy benders to play against 18 year olds? HAHAHAHAHAHAHA

If your kid is good, then he's good. Playing u15 or u16 is irrelevant. He either has it, or he doesnt, he's either gone through puberty or he hasn't. You think sniffing a 16 year old's jock is going to somehow get him ready to play with juniors or seniors? Laughable.
Sounds like your kid learned the hard way he should have taken up soccer. Bitter much?
Why would I be bitter? My bender went from 14s straight to Varsity.

Sorry dummie, my kid not only made Varsity as a freshman, but he was a rotation player. So yeah... sorry to bust your bubble. And he didnt do it playing in the super duper Fed "Elite" either. E9 player...imagine that. An E9 alumn leap-frogging all those soph, Jr, and Sr.Fed "elite" alumns not only to make the roster but to take shifts too. It was delicious seeing those Fed "elite" parents scrambling trying to figure out who the hell had the gall to take their super duper bender's minutes who have paid their dues for years and now was their time to SHINE! LMAO

Here's the skinny, sparky. By u14 your kid is either:

Fast or slow.
Big or small.
Strong or WEAK.
IN Athletic shape or still soft.
He either checks or avoids hitting.
He either plays through contact or shy's away from contact.
He either has hockey IQ or he doesn't.
He's either well into puberty or he still has peach fuzz.

Be honest with yourselves, how much of the above criteria does your bender possess? Those are your indicators of whether or not he'll make varsity let alone play a single rotation all season.

Playing with 15s or 16s means nothing. The speed of the game from 15 to 16 is similar. And at AA its still trash hockey anyway.

So go buy a couple of pounds of lean protein and hope he's learned how to play actual team hockey.