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Just out of curiosity, am I missing something?… Is there any advantage to playing on a U 15 national bound team versus a U 16? Just recently hearing about a few U 14 EHF kids going to U 15 instead of 16 and I’m not familiar with u15 in the EHF. Thought the natural progression was from 14 to 16
It looks like the top u14 kids can make the top u16 national bound teams wiz, jr bruins,whalers, rats and eagles. But those are for a limited few, even top e9/ fed players . The rest who can’t make the jump do u15 tier 1 national bound. The rest is tier 2 u16 and u15. I can’t imagine tier 2 u15 is all that great for a current u14. A lot depends on who is coaching etc. all tier 1 teams are pretty much selected, if not they will be before tryouts.
I don’t think a 14 year old can make a 15o or u16 national bound team. According to USA hockey rules, u16 is for 15 and 16 year olds and 15o is for 15 year olds only. That doesn’t mean a 14 year old cannot play up, he/she just cannot be on the official roster for games counted toward NB qualifications.
Playing up U16 is excellent preparation for HS season. The games are faster, you are playing against kids, who have had an extra year development behind them. It’s a no brainer. You also need to look at the composition of your team and to make sure you get quality coaching, but your opponents will be dictating a faster tempo and that in and of itself is great. If you are offered U16, you take it.
its actually not about whether or not you can make the jump in most cases. U 15 nationally is now a great option and heavily scouted. People sometimes need an extra year depending on size. Sometimes it is also about being evaluated properly at your own age level. USA hockey is also watching closely at that age for the top players and sometimes better evaluated within own age group
I’m going to assume we’re talking about a u 14 player in the tier one division now? I’ve never seen many u14 elite EHF kids go to a u15 team national bound team but I have seen it with some tier 1 friends of my Sons. I would say that if you’re staying in the EHF, a u 16 division is still a better level of play then u15 for comp and prep for high school
U15 hockey in general is not very good. There are a small number of high level U15 teams that will compete Nationally. A better route is to play U16 for the next two years. This coming season this would be 05’s and 06’s playing on U16 Half season teams. A much better alternative for obvious reasons.
as an 06, if you can get on a good u16 Tier 1 National bound team, do it. Hard to do. outside of Eagles and Flames, forget the EHF teams. Beast League teams is the way to go depending on where you live. Also, if you can get on a U16 Tier 2 with a great coach, do it. as the other posters noted, bigger, faster stronger than u15 so your kid would be better prepared for HS. the key is that you have to have really good coach. If not, find a good u15 tier 1 National Bound team that plays in the Beast league. PLenty of really good tier 1 u14's will be playing u15 tier 1 next year. however, some of the high end 06's (not mine) will go u16. Hope this helps, good luck
spot on, looking at a few good u15 NB, but there are only a few. 2nd option is to go u16 tier 2 with a good coach.
You dummies actually think playing at AAu16 is going to prepare your lousy benders to play against 18 year olds? HAHAHAHAHAHAHA
If your kid is good, then he's good. Playing u15 or u16 is irrelevant. He either has it, or he doesnt, he's either gone through puberty or he hasn't. You think sniffing a 16 year old's jock is going to somehow get him ready to play with juniors or seniors? Laughable.