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Re: Playing locally a year up

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One hour each way for a 60 minute practice, 3 times per week is wearing me and our family down. Ehf elite, middle of the pack team. Coach is good, but nothing spectacular.

I know it\'s early to be planning for next year, but I need some dboard wisdom from the parents on the back 9....

Long term, would my bender be better served playing a year up on a platinum or upper gold team, ten minutes from my house, with an equally good coach?

Like many people here say, the \"elite\" tag is meaningless in this part of the country. I love the idea of going against bigger and faster kids, but I\'ve noticed that their awareness and skill set isn\'t quite as dialed in as some of the younger \"elite\" players. Whether I\'m right or wrong, does it even matter at this age(squirt)?

I know 10% of the resoonses here are genuine and insightful. Please help!
You stated that you feel the coaching is equal, so the next question should be, what does your player want? Does he have friends on the closer team and it would be more enjoyable? Would he freak out not being on an elite team? Is the long commute times having an adverse impact on academics or do you think it will? Have you talked to anyone in the organization about their ability to get a waiver for him to play Bantams early when the time comes?

Ignoring the back and fourth of Platinum vs. Elite, E9 vs. EHF there here are a couple of things to consider.

1) The older your player gets, the more difficult time you will have moving him back to an EHF Elite team. Not because he's not good enough but rosters don't turn over at the same rate in most organizations. If he's a stud then of course they'll find a spot for him but if he's only marginally better than an existing player, chances are the coach doesn't change the roster.

2) Although no one is looking at a squirt, the simple truth is when the time comes it's much easier to get noticed by a prep coach on an EHF Elite or E9 team than it is for everyone else if that is part of your goal.

Always remember, hockey needs to stay fun for your player. That doesn't mean he doesn't need to work hard on and off the ice but he has to enjoy it to keep playing, regardless his ultimate destination.
Your logic is mind numbingly accurate. No dboard for you…come back 1 month.

Re: Playing locally a year up

Love all the butthurt platinum parents chiming in. If your bender plays for an org where the top 6 on the platinum team are better than the bottoms 6 on the elite team you’re in the wrong org and should leave. Of course there are kids playing platinum that could play at the elite level but it’s not half the team sorry platinum parents. And of course there are a few platinum kids floating around that will wind up being better hockey players in high school than elite kids. But there is still a big difference between elite and platinum. If there isn’t why are all these platinum parents looking to leave the platinum level to get their kid to the elite level? To your question you are probably better off moving your kid down at the elite level than moving him to platinum.

Re: Playing locally a year up

For most teams, the difference is the top 5 kids. A competitive elite team typically has a top line/pairing that make the team. Top line of a competitive platinum team is generally interchangeable with the middle and bottom of an elite team.

If even "most" of the players were actually elite, New England would be sending hundreds of kids to D-I & D-III at every birth year.

Re: Playing locally a year up

Facts

Re: Playing locally a year up

Everyone's situation is different, it is difficult for others to tell you what is best for your kid and family. My kid moved from a bottom black/platinum to a bottom elite and then to a top elite team. The difference in talent level and work ethic of the players is noticeable every time he moved up. The same can be said about coaching. In the end, very few kids in the EHF elite division are able to continue on to play on top U14/midget teams. My suggestion is to figure out what your kid needs at his current stage of development and do not worry too much about labels.