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08-22-2011, 06:48 PM
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If you can, I think he should try out for the squirt team, but then ultimately leave him in mites even if he makes the team.

This way, he gets a taste of what it will be like at the next level and he can spend the next season working on the areas he'll see that he needs to improve at, but without having to be at that level just yet.

If he moves up now, odds are he'll just be the worst of the lot. He may get some good competition against older, better kids, but he may also find the work level much harder and much less rewarding (i.e. far less ice time, far less success in games, far less success in practice, etc.). Instead of being one of the better players in mites where he'll have fun, he'll be one of the kids struggling to make accurate passes in practice on a squirt team.

Let him stay down another year, have fun, let his body and skills develop as they should, and then he'll be all the more ready next year.

But at the same time, let him go to the tryout and get a taste of that higher level. Then, when he attends those same tryouts next year, he'll feel a lot more comfortable about it.

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