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Re: Want Your Freshman to Make Varsity???

anon
Anon
anon
anon
Then move to New Bedford!


Boys Hockey: With a shortage of players for next season, the program at New Bedford High could be in jeopardy

http://www.southcoasttoday.com/sports/20170216/boys-hockey-with-shortage-of-players-for-next-season-program-at-new-bedford-high-could-be-in-jeopardy

We had the varsity debate at practice the other night. Make Varsity and not get much play time and could be significant difference in size or play JV/full season U14? Thoughts?
How about bagging public HS and playing full season U14, U15, U16, U18? Better development path than the majority of publics.


U14 is tough year. In both the FED and the E9 the first half of the season is pretty good hockey. It is what you are used to if you grew up playing club. After Thanksgiving it is a completely different story.

If you are on a full season team and your coach does a good job putting together a solid team that can compete in the first half one of two things will happen:

1) More kids than you expected will be gone to play high school. Varsity, JV whatever. Kids who claim they are even trying out decide to and then they are gone. You have 9 kids at practice and games. Random kids show up to fill in on the days you can't get 9. There is one good team in your league with a full bench that kicks your ass.

2) You have the one full team inn your league and every game you show up to has an opponent with 8 kids that you blow off the rink.

I think U14, U15, U16 full season is on the horizon in New England, it is just not here yet. It would definitely be in the best interest of the development of New England players, but the draw to play in front of high school buddies is just too strong, either for the kids themselves or their parents.

The state of high school in Massachusetts is in a real decline. If you go watch the hockey IQ and skill level of the public schools, it is just not on par with what you are used to seeing in club hockey. The Catholics are a little better, but the top Catholics are not near what they were even a few years ago.

One option that you have, and you should keep in mind:

1) Play on the best 1/2 U14 team that you can.
2) Tryout for your high school team if that is a viable option.
3) if you are happy with the results of HS tryouts , then play high school.
4) If you are not happy, make a few phone calls to full season teams and you will easily find somewhere to play. Almost every team is looking for players.

The Biggest and most important thing for the U14 and U15 year is to take a deep breath, relax, adjust your expectations. Things will be different, but it will be ok. There is still a lot of time to make it to whatever your child's final goal is.

Nailed it!

Re: Want Your Freshman to Make Varsity???

My kid is in 7th grade. He will play varsity next year in private school.

Re: Want Your Freshman to Make Varsity???

Anon
My kid is in 7th grade. He will play varsity next year in private school.
You must be very proud.

And totally delusional.

Re: Want Your Freshman to Make Varsity???

Anon
Anon
My kid is in 7th grade. He will play varsity next year in private school.
You must be very proud.

And totally delusional.

Don't get sarcasm?

Re: Want Your Freshman to Make Varsity???

Anon
Anon
Anon
My kid is in 7th grade. He will play varsity next year in private school.
You must be very proud.

And totally delusional.

Don't get sarcasm?

For $50k, you too can get your kid on varsity as a freshman!
(also sarcasm)

Re: Want Your Freshman to Make Varsity???

Very familiar with the prep school circut. 8th grade is still middle or lower school. Can't think of any prep day schools with hockey for 8th grade. Unless your kid is a 16 year old freshman (I've seen it happen)?

Re: Want Your Freshman to Make Varsity???

ANON
Very familiar with the prep school circut. 8th grade is still middle or lower school. Can't think of any prep day schools with hockey for 8th grade. Unless your kid is a 16 year old freshman (I've seen it happen)?
Exactly how "familiar" are you? I've seen 8th graders playing varsity in several top prep programs. And not just playing, playing top line/pair.

Re: Want Your Freshman to Make Varsity???

ANON
Very familiar with the prep school circut. 8th grade is still middle or lower school. Can't think of any prep day schools with hockey for 8th grade. Unless your kid is a 16 year old freshman (I've seen it happen)?
Any reason you'd draw a distinction between day and boarding? But I know quite a few day prep schools that offer 7th / 8th grade hockey. Rivers, St. Seb's, Belmont Hill (very small boarding population, no 7th or 8th), Nobles (doesn't offer boarding to 7th or 8th)...Should I go on?

Re: Want Your Freshman to Make Varsity???

anon
ANON
Very familiar with the prep school circut. 8th grade is still middle or lower school. Can't think of any prep day schools with hockey for 8th grade. Unless your kid is a 16 year old freshman (I've seen it happen)?
Any reason you'd draw a distinction between day and boarding? But I know quite a few day prep schools that offer 7th / 8th grade hockey. Rivers, St. Seb's, Belmont Hill (very small boarding population, no 7th or 8th), Nobles (doesn't offer boarding to 7th or 8th)...Should I go on?


Belmont HIl has 6th-8th as well. They have a 5th , 4th and 3rd team along with JV, and V.

Re: Want Your Freshman to Make Varsity???

ANON
Very familiar with the prep school circut. 8th grade is still middle or lower school. Can't think of any prep day schools with hockey for 8th grade. Unless your kid is a 16 year old freshman (I've seen it happen)?
You make it sound like a 16 year old Freshman is rare. An "on time" Freshman with a birthday in the first half of the year turns 15. So any kid with a Jan - June birthday - as the majority of elite hockey players do - that repeated anywhere along the line, whether it was 1st grade or 9th (very common for boys out of a public HS to be asked to repeat academically), will turn 16.