I keep hearing "its changed"... no it has not, the beileif that kids need to specialize and be at the top of their games at 8 has only changed with the amount of people now making ridiculous amounts of money off you people.
What has not changed is the countless mite and squirt superstars who get surpassed at the 12/13 age, by kids who were good then but have gotten better or gotten serious about it.
I am not one of those parents who thought that my kid would elevate his game to a never before seen level once he it 13, in fact I was the parent telling all the mite and squirt dads to be patient because it all changes in a few short years, as I had been through it before.
I see it year in and year out, with hockey and baseball so don't act like for every budding mite superstar there is not a college or pro player who was not cut from teams at peewee age.
Everyone needs to get out of their FED/New England sports bubble and see how your kids fare against the best kids throughout the country at that age, and then get back to me after you have been through it.
just this summer I have seen kids spending countless hours on the ice perfecting edge work, speed and power, only to have the season start and they will still be lost during games because they cant grasp the game and it isn't just being able to skate better and shoot harder than the other 10 year olds... I have seen countless kids playing AAU baseball and traveling all over to realize, wow.. our team is not that good and how is a team from an hour away's number 10 hitter better than any kid on our all star team ??
The ones who have already realized it are quite or get it, the ones still talking just have not woken up yet !
Good luck gentlemen !
Go to this thread : 05 SoCal Freezeout
First Post : So I went to California with my little Bruin and lost in the Championship game to a team that plays 90 minutes from my front door. Rethinking my life right now.
and take it all in, wow, a dad is realizing it just a few short years later, hmmm
First off the adults on here that jump into this thread about 08's and try and impose their opinions really need help!!! Like a padded room in MCI Bridgewater. This thread was started to stir the pot in good fun like everything else on this board about a specific birth year of who would be the strong teams this year. Then it goes to it doesn't matter because things change in 3 years and the kids who struggle now will all be on the same level as the high performers now. Wrong. Thing will change yes. The gap does close as some kids progress but a majority of the high performers now will be top players in 3-5-7 years down the road. Fact! Yes the concept of training skill and performance has taken a change of course. Specialization! And it's expensive! Sucks but that's where we are and no it is never going back to the way it was. Kids don't do things on their own anymore. When is the last time you drove by a baseball field and saw a group of kids playing a sandlot game of baseball??!!! I can tell you it's been at least 20 yrs since I've seen it! To the people that are so worried about 08 parents ruining their kids that obviously failed in their attempt keep your opinions to yourself. Because if your kid did amount to anything you would be driving him to skills as we speak instead of coming on this site and giving your worthless 2 cents. And to the poster that said he can't believe that people actually know who got stronger in the off season I don't know what planet you are from or where your children played 5 years ago . But the FED is a small league 11 teams is that poster didn't know and their are no secrets. You don't pay $ 3500 dollars for your kid to play on a team without having some kind of hope or aspirations that he will go on to bigger or better things. And you can bet that they are vested and know every more that is made within the league. So maybe you should start a new topic of my kid never made it because I didn't invest enough time with him! God bless Donald Trump!
Amen brother spot on. There is FED Elite and then there is everything else.
So how does it go past Bantams? And why?
Roar! Look at my ass hair! FED Elite forever!
buddy you got to be kidding me! You didn't just say you have good insight to pass on because your kid went to a walk on skills hour with Conner sheary! My case and point ! Your a clown and nobody wants your terrible Insight .
Well now your on a first name basis with Conner -and I didn't imply that he was an instructor I was implying that your son went to a walk on skills and he was there when your son was a squirt -so you have infinite wisdom to pass on . And you sir must have played yourself for the mass bat chiefs back in the day ! Clown just go away
2. CT JR Huskies
4. BJE (lots of talk about these guys...must have pulled in some new kids)?
5. Everyone else..
You got the MMF twice at 1and 3. Did you mean to put in CJR? The huskies are not bad when their players aren't laying on the ice crying. But they never miss a shift! Kind of running joke around the league for all you that witness it every game! And the Eagles did unfortunately did get better 😩! Flames have solid team with no super stars! It's close to call but in my opinion it's CJR and BJE at the top and everyone else! Just honest opinion and I could be wrong but I don't think so!
A running joke around the league should be "adults" making fun of crying 8 year olds. Get a life.
Wow! This is one of the few sensible posts I've read in awhile. Agree 100%. Game changes and real hockey starts to take over. Strong D and goaltending start to catch-up. More of a team game at the squirt level. Should be more enjoyable games to watch this year.
What town team rolled the SSK last year? I'd be surprised any town team beat SSK that badly unless they were missing the players.
I have CJR in the #1 spot until proven otherwise.
6. Everyone else
Then there is Top Gun. Top Gun is the reason relegation should exists in certain sports.
Loading up teams doesn't always work, esp at the 9 year old level. I think there will be some upsets.
Just wait until they play tag up offsides, take slap shots, check each other and play against kids from different birth years. Whole new world.
Enlightening! Thank you!
08 Advantage Elite team gave a whooping to the 08 Terriers Elite last year.
Not sure your point of pointing out the #1 team in E9 beating one of the lower tier teams in the EHF last year. Boston Advantage would be an average team in the EHF this coming season.
I love a good EHF-E9 debate. You are right about the Boston Advantage at 08 level. they are good but not that strong compared to the top EHF teams. The 07 Boston Advantage would compete with the top EHF teams.