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Squirts should be introduced to dry land but I am not a total believer. Peewees going into major should be doing as much dry land as skating. Don’t need to be on ice every day if u have a skilled player. Layer in 3 days off ice like impact sports or get them on bike or running and pull ups push ups. Want strength bantams
It’s the small exception that the best players at squirt will be the best players at Bantam and older.
The dominant little buzz saws at Mite/Squirt get destroyed when the real game begins and the hitting starts.
Always exceptions to every rule but NHL and college is full of players that were not even on anyone’s radar for the Brick and the Q and the bars are full of ex-players that did go.
Work on skating, stick handling, passing is key so find the best coach to provide those.
The more touches the better. A squirt team not rolling lines to give equal game opportunities, under the guise of needing the wins, should be run from.
Most programs offer elite teams weekly full ice practice but do not offer this to tier 1 teams.
Go with the elite team! Your kid will have better competition in games and more importantly will be likely stuck on tier one team. Harder to get on elite team in every subsequent year. Do it now.
It's obvious your player has some skill as a squirt and as long as he has a good coach and team around him at Tier 1, he will still develop and probably get more ice on the Tier 1 team. To be on the bottom of a roster of an elite team only helps when you can brag on the Dboard, buy some team gear or want to brag to parents with zero going on in their own lives wishing their kid had the same ability.
When he gets to high school, it's a lock/safe bet that the coach will never ask or care that your son played on an elite team in the Fed or on the team below it. What he will want to see is that your kid has the fundamentals to play the game at the next level - end of story.
Go with the elite team. This way he can talk about how he played elite hockey during his youth while playing in his beer league at 26