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I find it hard to believe that a platinum team would be better than an elite team. I say this as someone with small children still learning to play hockey so I really have no dog in the fight either way but come on.
“Would your player freak out not playing on elite team”. 😂 The only time a kid would “freak out “ is if the parents freak out. I see you’re one of those elite parents that think their bender is better than everyone.
I like these stories too. The fact of the matter is that they happen. People here seem to think EHF elite is the end all/be all but the fact of the matter is that some kids are grandfathered in and it often is all about who you know. Sometimes a coach likes a kid, sometimes he doesn't. A player can be great but if they don't pass enough a coach might pass on them. I actually know an EHF elite player who didn't get invited to something because they're selfish with the puck.
Love all the butthurt platinum parents chiming in. If your bender plays for an org where the top 6 on the platinum team are better than the bottoms 6 on the elite team you’re in the wrong org and should leave. Of course there are kids playing platinum that could play at the elite level but it’s not half the team sorry platinum parents. And of course there are a few platinum kids floating around that will wind up being better hockey players in high school than elite kids. But there is still a big difference between elite and platinum. If there isn’t why are all these platinum parents looking to leave the platinum level to get their kid to the elite level? To your question you are probably better off moving your kid down at the elite level than moving him to platinum.
For most teams, the difference is the top 5 kids. A competitive elite team typically has a top line/pairing that make the team. Top line of a competitive platinum team is generally interchangeable with the middle and bottom of an elite team.
If even "most" of the players were actually elite, New England would be sending hundreds of kids to D-I & D-III at every birth year.
Everyone's situation is different, it is difficult for others to tell you what is best for your kid and family. My kid moved from a bottom black/platinum to a bottom elite and then to a top elite team. The difference in talent level and work ethic of the players is noticeable every time he moved up. The same can be said about coaching. In the end, very few kids in the EHF elite division are able to continue on to play on top U14/midget teams. My suggestion is to figure out what your kid needs at his current stage of development and do not worry too much about labels.