I have seen more athletic and aggressive kids stay in town and get passed by less athletic club kids, because the latter get pushed more at every practice and game. I have also seen kids start at the bottom of elite teams but work hard and end up becoming better players. Everything being equal, if you want your kid get challenged and he is motivated, play in elite if he has the chance. There is no guarantee that he won’t be cut next season, but statistically it is harder to move up at older ages.
Elite is better for development if your kid is elite material, but it is hard to tell from your post. Discuss the pros and cons with your kid and let him decide.
Coach is more important than level 10 times out of 10
agree- Coach is a huge factor... 3rd line on Elite vs 1st line on Tier 1? More chances to carry the puck at tier 1..... does he have buddies on T1 team? Do you?
It's a marathon not a sprint. kids develop at different paces.
Chasing levels at squirt hockey hahahahahaha. Go with coach you trust all day
Jesus 9 year old parent stressing a level wow. Choose a good coach and short travel
Pick the better coach. If same, pick the team with better and more yoga pants. Your welcome.
Don’t worry about level until bantam minor. Make sure he’s in a competitive league with good coach and good teammates.
Play on silver. My kid getting 2 goals a game. Will pay off in long run
How do you know that a T1 or low level elite level kid develops better at elite? Just curious.
Holy **** another parent who thinks level of play in squirts is important???? Hahaha. Play for the program with best coach and friendly. Schedule.
The levels work. They sort the players and allow for proper placement. Very low level elite player aren’t meant for elite.
Terriers, Islanders or Bandits??
I believe the original poster said "good platinum team." 10-21-2 and 6-16-1 kind of eliminate a couple of those teams. Providence, who knows.