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If u don’t like the way a coach runs practice why would you choose that coach u idiot?
League means zero at mite minor. 0. Zero. Z-Ro.
Elite mites. Ridonculous.
Simple - at mites find a coach and program who supports the ADM.
200' sheet of ice is WAY too big for tiny 4' tall 8 year olds to play a game. Every hockey skills program in the world says so and recommends small area games so they are kept more involved in the thick of things and develop better.
But parents are still lured by the big league BS and pay $$$$ to have mites play full ice, resulting in their tiny little legs chasing the play all over full open ice and touching the puck for an average of 3 seconds total in 3 periods.
Do you want your "elite" mite spending his season gliding around playing his position 100 ft away from the puck, or battling and deking in a tight space getting the skills needed to advance?
You will find plenty of elite kids playing tier 1. Especially at that age.
B-rad losing his fastball? I thought for sure he would ask which team had better yoga pants.
Come on maaaaan. Mites = Young moms all around. Literally drowning in Snizz.
Must be the bandits...if so....run!
Two things matter in youth hockey. A short commute and a good coach. Don’t worry about elite vs t1.
Parents are clueless. I coach an elite Fed team and have countless stories about parents wanting to get their kid on my roster for the wrong reasons. Parent just last week emailed me saying they want their kid with my team next season. This family has never seen my practice and know nothing about my personality. So why would they want their kid to plat with me? It’s because they’re chasing the title of elite. I’ve said this to 100’s of players over the last 5 years, “Find a coach that can develop a player for the long haul and never worry about the league or level.”
But can I worry about the ratio of hot to ugly moms?
"so joining a T1 team with a great coach will not lead your kid to that program's elite team" ha this guy in left field picking daisy's
Go w the coach. My kid peewees and looking back I can name countless parents chasing elite title vs letting the kid develop. I can name countless kids who would drive to enfield and barely touch puck. Get on a tier one black team and develop w a good coach. If your kid develops and is good enough the elites will find him. Cream rises to top FACT
Its mite hockey, doesnt make a bit of difference. Find the team with a couple friendly hot moms, it helps pass the time standing in the rink watching a group of kids fall over the place much more tolerable. I have an 07, 10, and 12. Its a refined science. You're welcome
Levels at squirt and mite mean zero - Coach means a lot
what a ridiculous thread. "My low level elite player" :joy: Your kid is 8, that's all he is.
Mite level is to determine if your kid even likes hockey and wants to continue? If they show special skill or initiative they can move up into "elite" status by squirts.
My God people what are you all doing?
Yikes with this thread! Coach is important. Just as important as SKILLS for a mite. Wouldn’t be concerned with the level. In response to the BB comment, as a bandits parent, I’ve seen great individual player progress with a lot of bandits mite major kids who also love the sport. Going to practice and skills is where development happens. Doesn’t matter if a team has had a losing year. Go with your gut and where your kid will develop best and love hockey!
Don’t worry about the level. Have your kid play where he/she is most comfortable. That means with the coach, kids on the team, and the parents. Just make sure your kid is having fun. You would rather have your kid be at top of the roster on a tier 1 team than the bottom of the roster on an elite team. It will be better for you and your kid for the long term.
This is good advice. To go from a good situation with coaches and teammates to one where the level is higher but the coach turns into a douche and or the teammates don’t click will make for a painful season of regret.
Try to be open minded, you could be biased if you only had limited interaction with a coach and how he runs practices and games. In the end, go with your gut feeling and make the best out of whatever you may experience. Your 7/8 year old is already ahead of most kids of the same age, so as long as he is being pushed and have fun, it doesn't really matter much if he goes to elite or T1. He will eventually be playing at his level.
Forget a team till peewee. Skills all of squirts.
Not sure why this is even a question. You can’t be concerned with “level” at mite and squirt. Find the program that is offering the better coach and go with them.