Trying to figure it out for next season. My son will probably make the JV team. So we could play half season but full season would be a nice option if he isn't playing much and the practices are not that good. I know HS comes first but what are the price differences. Teams do not post prices on websites.
1/2 $1,400 - $1,800
tuition: $3,500 - $6,000
Some U14 teams do a number of tournaments around the country & tuition costs do not include hotel/air travel to those tournaments. If you are looking at one of those teams, make sure you factor those costs into the equation as well.
Start with a 1/2 season team. If JV is not great, then every org will have spots open on their full season team.
Above poster is correct. It can be a bit unsettling as a parent and for the player but many U-14 full season teams will be short after high school starts and often spots can be found for very little money for the remainder of the year.
Correction - plenty of BAD FS teams will be looking for players after HS tryouts, because their stronger players will have made varsity. The strongest FS teams are requiring full year commitments. Those teams will stay together all year and will NOT be looking for players after Thanksgiving. Top Gun, PHC, BJR, BJE look to be the strongest FS options
ymous, you are kidding yourself if you actually believe what you typed. I'm assuming you haven't been through this before so let me enlighten you.
They may "require" a commitment, but it doesn't keep kids from moving on. PHC can't stop a kid who made varsity from walking away from the team. As long as the tuition is paid in full, I've fulfilled my contractual obligation as a parent.
Funny but when my kid was a Bantom Minor he played games on the U-14 teams of two of the clubs you mentioned as a free alternate because they simply needed bodies. Also, when that same kid made varsity as a freshman, he walked away from one of those same teams. Yup, I lied to the coach about my son trying out for HS, as did one of his assistant coaches and I know 3 other kids that were trying out for their respective high schools. You do it as a parent as insurance if you don't want the hassle of not only finding an opening (the easy part) but finding an opening with a coach that you think your player will mesh with (the harder part).
Pretty much the only teams that won't be looking to add after high school has begun are teams that field 18 to 20 players or more at the start of the season and load up on "fall-5" kids, in other words, 14 year old 8th graders. If it's the standard 15 kids and 75% or more of the team is in 9th grade, they'll have openings.
There are reasons your bender played on two U-14 teams for free. 1) He wasn't good enough to make a legit full season team that actually cost $$, and 2) those teams were desperate to fill spots because they sucked. I would never want my kid to play on a team that was so hard up for players that they let him play for free.
Sure you and your genius buddies can plunk down $4K for a full-season team and then flush half of that while leaving your teammates and their parents high and dry and lying to your coach. And might I add that's a fine example of accountability you're setting for the boy. When HS hockey is over, and he needs to find his way in the real world, he'll be really well prepared. Maybe you can lie to his college professors or future employer for him too