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Re: Half Year vs Full Year

Anon
My son is an '03 and he is thinking ahead about next year and wanted to see if there was any advice about Half year vs Full year. Do the better players gravitate one way or the other. Are any programs have better half year programs better then others (or is it like the rest and based on the coach)? We live north of Boston. Thanks in advance.


It depends on what your option would be when the half season ends.

The U14 competition is really thin. If you have a good coach with a good team he will try to put you in tournaments to keep the level of competition to what you are used to.

Then he will schedule games against catholic and prep jvs if he can.

If your kid is going to be in a good varsity situation as a frosh, then half season might be the answer.

If he is just going to play jv anyway, a good U14 full season team might be a better solution.

Re: Half Year vs Full Year

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Anon
My son is an '03 and he is thinking ahead about next year and wanted to see if there was any advice about Half year vs Full year. Do the better players gravitate one way or the other. Are any programs have better half year programs better then others (or is it like the rest and based on the coach)? We live north of Boston. Thanks in advance.


It depends on what your option would be when the half season ends.

The U14 competition is really thin. If you have a good coach with a good team he will try to put you in tournaments to keep the level of competition to what you are used to.

Then he will schedule games against catholic and prep jvs if he can.

If your kid is going to be in a good varsity situation as a frosh, then half season might be the answer.

If he is just going to play jv anyway, a good U14 full season team might be a better solution.


Pretty much spot on. U14 season is a mess usually. Some kids are in 9th grade and some are in 8th. 8th graders need a full season team. The 9th graders who will make varsity will play half season - but they wont know if they make varsity until tryouts. Usually the top 9th graders make varsity and the rest of the leftover 9th graders play U14 full season. U14 year is usually OK up until November then it gets very weak as best players have left to play high school varsity. The exception are the U14 National bound teams who usually are stacked and stay together for the most part so they can compete at the National Tournament.

Re: Half Year vs Full Year

Anon
My son is an '03 and he is thinking ahead about next year and wanted to see if there was any advice about Half year vs Full year. Do the better players gravitate one way or the other. Are any programs have better half year programs better then others (or is it like the rest and based on the coach)? We live north of Boston. Thanks in advance.


Split season is really just to keep your legs moving. Most teams have little to no practice and the coaching is very minimal--really just door openers. This goes for the "best" programs as well as the "worst". Full-season at U14 in Mass is pretty bad too. There are just too many teams and the talent is spread too thin, but at least there is some coaching (depending on the program) and practices. The Boston Advantage is the only program in Mass that is part of the T1EHL, which is probably the best league in the country. Beware, though, that the amount they travel is ridiculous. Mass full-season teams, including the Advantage, generally can't compete against teams where club is the only alternative. No way around that.

If he's going prep or one of the public Catholics and you can get him into the NEFPHL minor division for the split season next year at least he'd get a pretty good level of competition before the season starts. No coaching, though. Its out of Salem, NH.

If he's playing public, it doesn't really matter what he does beforehand--he'll still be doing more than most of the other kids.

Re: Half Year vs Full Year

You know nothing Jon Snow