My son is an '08. This will be his first year of EHF Elite coming up.
So far he's only played EHF Tier 1 and does very well at that level.
I don't know anything about this camp, but it was suggested to us that my son try it.
$395. Does anyone have experience with it? Is it worth it?
I have had two friends who's kids played for the Jr Bruins brick team. Both said they didn't do the evaluation camp. From what I understand its definitely not needed to make the brick team if that is your goal. It is also my understanding that the team is pretty much picked but maybe for a couple of spots.
Decent camp, not better than other local camps. You do NOT need to go to the camp to make the Brick. I would say they have 75% of the team picked already in their minds. Most kids who are in the mix won't be at that camp. That's a fact.
My son is an 08 and attended last year. Half of the kids from this year's team did attend. I assume the same will be picked for next year's team. No skill training, more of a summer league scrimmage. You do receive a summarized evaluation from 3-5 coaches based on basic skills (skating, shooting, etc.).
IMO, you will get more for your money if he attends a weekly power skating/skills session. He will be playing against the same kids in the EHF elite this season anyway.
Thanks for the responses. Sounds like a $$ grab. We're not really interested in playing for the Brick team, but it was suggested to me by his coach that my son should do the evaluation, so I at least had to find out what it was all about.
Ya ok your not interested in playing in the brick! What kind of clown gets on a message board to ask about an evaluation camp and says I'm thinking about sending my kid but your not interested in playing in the tournament?! Were you hoping that people would say your tier 1 player now that he made an EHF elite team would be a shoe in for Edmonton?? Or where you hoping that someone would bad mouth the jr bruins organization or the kids that play for the team. Everything in hockey is a money grab . When are all you idiots gonna learn that you ultimately choose to do it or not. Skills instructors shooting coaches tournaments -they all cost money it's a business folks. And yes most of the best players around do play for that 08 team. Not to say that things can change in 11 months. I read this board for pure entertainment and I'm sick of idiots that post stuff hoping to draw out other idiots to make negative comments/opinions of kids parents and organizations. Grow up
There are at least 3 spots open on the 08 Jr Bruins Brick team as some of these top players live in CT and NY and are not eligible for this team.
To be frank... those "out of district" players are the best in the mix. So... seems like there's a lot more than 3 spots available!
avoid this nonsense as long as you can. Complete waste of money. This year, Masters left 2 fathers in charge and went home early. Team was out of playoffs then blazed back to Mass and left team in Edmonton with 2 dads coaching. What a f'ing joke. STAY AWAY.
And please don't say he went home to be with family. Of course he did. With all our money!!!!
I would not say that those regional players will not be on the roster. I know of at least one who has "moved" here already to play in the EHF this season. It wouldn't surprise me if the others followed suit. This particular year is inbred amongst themselves. I would distance myself. Any sort of perceived opportunity isn't worth it. Ask almost any past Brick participant.
they are 10 - get over the Brick. It's a great tourney w/ lots of great players, and Jr Bruins organization does a great job identifying them. Look at prior teams, most of the kids are doing very well 3-5 years later. But by no means is it the end all be all. I wouldn't lose sleep over playing in it or not playing in it.
That was my past impression however buyer beware and choose your camps wisely. Some are controlled scrimmages, and I haven't heard one good review of the Jay Peak camp yet when it came down to the on-ice program.
You can specialize to potentially give your kid a leg up and politically maneuver your kid onto every spring team, and top team out there. But remember, if your kid is 10 and he's not the best at every sport he plays - there's no future in hockey. By 14-16 the athletes will prevail especially when they decide to focus on one sport. So for a litmus test, instead of chasing every spring / summer tourney out there - put your kid on a baseball field or on a lacrosse field or on a golf course. If he's not one of top kids in everything he does, stop chasing the dream and just enjoy the ride.
We all went to school with kids who made it to d1 and beyond in a sport. In my experience, without exception, the kids growing up who played at that level were outstanding in every sport they played. And most could have switched along the way and played in college at another sport they played. The importance of pure atheticism cannot be understated. I don't care what anyone says, you cannot spend enough or skate your 9 year old enough to manufacture a high level player if he doesn't have dominant physical ability. And I'm no geneticist but I bet a tremendous amount of that ability comes from mom and dad. So looking in the mirror, I'd say my kids need to study hard and make good friends.
100% spot on. The d1 kids are dominant in every sport as kids and often times could have played another d1 sport in college but had to make a choice at some point. You can start a kid early, skate year round and manufacture a hockey player at 9-12 years old. The true elite athletes will be the d1 kids down the road once they finish growing and specialize. And there are very very few of them.
Athleticism, stature, iq, compete level, passion...100% accurate...pass the popcorn...