Parents of good mites and squirts have found ways to really beat the $ system with elite hockey. They find a clueless club coach that really wants their player. They sign full time with a town team or lower club team. They then won’t sign full time with that elite coach. The coach then offers them alternate spot, which they gladly take. They get all the practice time and as many games as the clueless coach will let them play. Clueless coach then just slips them in full time roster and just like that they paid half or less and are getting the full experience.