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Re: U14 Full or sit on varsity?

Seriously. Go watch the state tourney games this week. This is the best of the best. You do the math.

Re: U14 Full or sit on varsity?

Play full no questions asked. You son will develop more playing FS.

Re: U14 Full or sit on varsity?

play split like previous poster and be an alternate for full. No miaa violation as long as he doesn't skip a practice or game for HS team.

Re: U14 Full or sit on varsity?

anon
play split like previous poster and be an alternate for full. No miaa violation as long as he doesn't skip a practice or game for HS team.
So, when does he play/practice for the club team? He'd end up playing 5 games the entire 2nd half.

Re: U14 Full or sit on varsity?

Go wherever he will play and develop. Sitting on the bench will not make him a better hockey player.

Re: U14 Full or sit on varsity?

Varsity hockey practices are 90% special teams play and is usually First line goes 4 times, second line goes twice, 3rd and 4th line go once. FS hockey is a little better, but if your son is not a top 6 or top 4, the same thing happens.
As for game ice, even the 3rd/4th line kids on a FS team will see shifts, but don't think for 1 minute that it will be rolling lines. Good luck.

Re: U14 Full or sit on varsity?

U14 teams don’t have 4 lines. Most teams will roll lines except in special team situations. Go where the kid will actually play, with kids who can actually play.

Re: U14 Full or sit on varsity?

Anon
U14 teams don’t have 4 lines. Most teams will roll lines except in special team situations. Go where the kid will actually play, with kids who can actually play.
^^^ Believes everyone should get a trophy for playing hard.

Re: U14 Full or sit on varsity?

Anon
Anon
U14 teams don’t have 4 lines. Most teams will roll lines except in special team situations. Go where the kid will actually play, with kids who can actually play.
^^^ Believes everyone should get a trophy for playing hard.
I don't see where you are getting that from that post at all.

Re: U14 Full or sit on varsity?

But then don't you run the risk of upsetting the Varsity HC who then see's you as someone who isn't "with the program" if you choose to play FS rather then sit on his bench and practice under him to learn the finer points of the game and have your kid "pay his dues."

Re: U14 Full or sit on varsity?

Anon
But then don't you run the risk of upsetting the Varsity HC who then see's you as someone who isn't "with the program" if you choose to play FS rather then sit on his bench and practice under him to learn the finer points of the game and have your kid "pay his dues."
Yes, that's a risk. But, do you really want your kid playing for a coach that still hazes underclassmen? Why would any GOOD coach not want a player to develop as much as possible before he is ready to assume a meaningful role?

If that's the coach's attitude, then you just continue to play full season.

Re: U14 Full or sit on varsity?

Anon
Anon
But then don\'t you run the risk of upsetting the Varsity HC who then see\'s you as someone who isn\'t \"with the program\" if you choose to play FS rather then sit on his bench and practice under him to learn the finer points of the game and have your kid \"pay his dues.\"
Yes, that's a risk. But, do you really want your kid playing for a coach that still hazes underclassmen? Why would any GOOD coach not want a player to develop as much as possible before he is ready to assume a meaningful role?

If that's the coach's attitude, then you just continue to play full season.
Or Prep, or CC.

Shame these kinds of coaches still exist. It's one of the things killing the MIAA.

But, if your kid can play, he will be welcomed with open arms.

Re: U14 Full or sit on varsity?

Anon
Anon
Anon
U14 teams don’t have 4 lines. Most teams will roll lines except in special team situations. Go where the kid will actually play, with kids who can actually play.
^^^ Believes everyone should get a trophy for playing hard.
I don't see where you are getting that from that post at all.
Not the OP, but I think what he is getting at is most of the better U14 teams have 4 lines and don't roll lines. National Bound teams manage the bench much like a high school team. At least that was the experience for my two boys.