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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

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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.