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Can we stop with the Elite, Platinum, Gold and Silver and just refer to it what it is.
A, B, C, D.
Why when you can add Super Elite which could be what is now Elite and then what is now Platinum could become Elite and then what is now Gold could become Platinum and then all the parents will keep paying because their kid’s team sounds more prestigious. The year after, Super Elite could be called Gold Elite (like the highest Olympic medal) and then the year after that it could be called Platinum Elite, then Elite Elite, Then Super Elite Elite. And you just keep shuffling the names up through like that and we all make (or pay, depending who you are) more money. Seems simple enough.
And everyone knows the difference between the Elite and Platinum teams are 1-2 players who have real talent and the rest of the team is just riding their coat tails. Keep putting the pressure on your kid to try to keep up with that kid and causing your kid to hate you and the game. But hey, keep the Elite name and selling yourself the dream. The rest of us are totally fine not being Elite, working on development and waiting for your kid to get cut when it actually matters.
high school, junior, and college coaches couldn't care less what youth division a kid played in.
100% truth above. I’ve been coaching high school hockey in MA for 10+ years. Hope is to see coachable, hardworking, well rounded athletes. The ones who have been coached well stand out. The ones who are burnt out at 14 were probably very good squirts. Unfortunately I have a mite, squirt and a peewee player growing up in a time where hockey parents don’t get the fact that the level doesn’t matter. They have their kids playing year round so they can get on the team at the highest level. Just a terrible thing for the sport.
It’s more like 15 out of 16 elite team kids who are better than the platinum kids. But you keep telling yourself it’s 2-3
Sorry, but the difference between elite and platinum is exponential in terms of pace, hockey IQ, skating skill, and overall game play. Judging them against a metal-level team in a scrimmage is just apples/oranges fallacy. Go watch a practice, game, or tournament…you’re selling the elite teams and their players short to fit your argument and it’s nowhere near as close as you’ve described.
A$$ and tittys
^^^ True ^^^