I always thought of Elite as Tier 1 for National Bound and Platinum (and below) as Tier 2. But the 14U Elite Terriers are at the top of the 14U Tier 2 rankings. How does that work: do they self-declare or does USA Hockey do the categories? Seems strange that the top team (Elite) of a program that's a member of EHF Elite would be Tier 2.
At U14 any team can register for nationals and can select Tier 1 or Tier 2. U14 BJT must have decided to select Tier 2. Based on current rankings, they probably could have considered Tier 1, although they really haven't played many tough teams yet and likely couldn't compete with the Rats, Whalers, and Eagles.