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Agree bantam's are all over the place. Kids growing at different rates, seeing more skating ability evening out. kids with size early puberty starting to differentiate themselves. We did 2 tourney's this year at the o6 level and saw it first hand.
Yup. I'd say the biggest difference from one year to the next is Peewee Major to Bantam Minor. Mites to Squirts to Peewees really happens seamlessly. Peewee to Bantam and Bam! Everything feels different. And, a lot of players just move right up to U14.
Bantam Minor to U14 is probably the second biggest change in a single year. You have a few teams assembled for Nattys, and everything else is a ****show. Nobody cares about the games, it's more about getting ready for HS/Prep tryouts. Those team jacket-wearing-parents are left grasping for straws. "Wait, Johnny missed a GAME for no reason at all? What's WRONG with him? And why is Tyler wearing a red helmet and missing practices?"
To those parents posting in this thread with what you see as "legit" responses, wait. You'll see.
06 Power Groupings.
Wish we could see a little more crossover, but last year we saw more games than ever between the EHF and the E9 hopefully we get more this year.
Group 1 Islanders and Eagles. To start the year nobody is in the same breath. Not to say they won’t lose a game but they’ll be heavy favorites every weekend.
The next grouping would include in no particular order
Then another grouping of
We’ll see how things play out over the season.