My son was a late add on for a summer tourney last year. They were sold program. They could hang with most teams but there are just a couple teams that are so loaded it’s hard to compete against. I’d probably do it again.
If a step above pond Hockey meets your expectations and money has little value, your bender should be all set. As with all spring/summer teams their loyalty only extends to your wallet. You could send a few emails to other programs and play in every tournament with little commitment.