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Re: Freshman hockey

Our kid repeated 8th grade and it turned out to be one of the best decisions for him, though not one to be taken lightly. Multi-sport athlete. Wasn’t just for sports, but hockey was a piece of it. Excelled as a student-athlete.

Re: Freshman hockey

Schools are reaching out earlier, 7th/8th grader's because they want the more skilled kids/parents thinking of a private school education before they make the decision to go U14/15/ Jr hockey etc.route.

Jump at it if you dont think your kid is a 1 percenter, which they more than likely are not.

Re: Freshman hockey

At better programs and certainly for most serious D-I h.s. teams the reason why more underclassmen don't make varsity as a 9th grader is size. The 'stay back a year' CC programs have 19 year old men (and yes, sometimes 20 year old men) playing hockey and the idea of putting most 14 year olds on the ice with them is pretty dumb.

Talked with a coach on this and he acknowledged the JV team is often a 'holding pen' for these kids until they grow.

Re: Freshman hockey

Just went through this with my 9th grader at at D1 CC school. Have to say this is the most factual post on this board in a long time. Most have covered all the pertinent info. You didn't mention you're looking for tips but incase you are here are some of what I noticed.

- Tryouts were filmed
- Coaches do their home work. I found out just last week that a coach had reached out to my sons club team coach for feedback
- They will project out where they feel your son will fit in, so character hard work all matters
- Most coaches run skills or involved with coaching fall/spring/summer team. Find out which ones and attend or try and get involved
- Most teams have off ice training EPS for us, start going

Re: Freshman hockey

As crazy at it seems, there is contact being made to 7th graders who fit the right profile, which is, upper level elite (top 10 percent), bigger and stronger than average, and a young 7th grader. I.E. their birthday is 2nd half of year versus first half. The idea being he/she will only be 17 when they graduate in May, so if they need to red shirt him/ her, no harm, no foul, they will be 18 when they grad.

Re: Freshman hockey

I know there’s a lot of discussion about the repeat years, and it certainly does happen, but I’m still not sure it’s as frequent (at least at BCH) as people may believe. Just my experience and I appreciate others might have seen something different, but the repeat year was more common when an underclassman left BCH for a prep school. Even then it wasn’t always the case. My son stayed with his grade and roughly 60-70% of the varsity seniors he graduated with were also teammates on the 7th grade team. The rest came in directly to the high school in 9th grade. Perhaps some of those 9th grade entrants were repeating, but I never noticed a huge dispersion in birth years and it wasn’t talked about among the parents. The Post Graduate year or playing Juniors seemed to be the more common path for those hoping to play beyond high school. Also, transfers happen, both in and out. I can’t even count the number of goalies I saw come in and out of tryouts over the 6 years we were involved.

Re: Freshman hockey

CCParent
I know there’s a lot of discussion about the repeat years, and it certainly does happen, but I’m still not sure it’s as frequent (at least at BCH) as people may believe. Just my experience and I appreciate others might have seen something different, but the repeat year was more common when an underclassman left BCH for a prep school. Even then it wasn’t always the case. My son stayed with his grade and roughly 60-70% of the varsity seniors he graduated with were also teammates on the 7th grade team. The rest came in directly to the high school in 9th grade. Perhaps some of those 9th grade entrants were repeating, but I never noticed a huge dispersion in birth years and it wasn’t talked about among the parents. The Post Graduate year or playing Juniors seemed to be the more common path for those hoping to play beyond high school. Also, transfers happen, both in and out. I can’t even count the number of goalies I saw come in and out of tryouts over the 6 years we were involved.
It's a combo of kids repeating a year and also kids with late birth years. For example, the incoming freshman class should be mainly 07s this year but at many of the CC schools and top D1 schools the majority of freshman will be late birth year 06s and repeat 06s. It's just another factor parents need to consider as they likely are evaluating their kid vs his peers in his age group when in HS it's really about several age groups and they shouldn't be surprised if the freshman team 06s outnumber the 07s and you can even sprinkle in some late year 05s, who were held back in Kindergarten, at certain schools.