My son is a 2014, and we live in SE PA. The important things to me when it comes to him
is having fun, exercise, playing a team sport, and ultimately learning that if you work hard at something, you will get better at it.
I don't know how I can say this without sounding like I am bragging, but when people find out that my son is 6, they're typically shocked. For his age, he is very good, and people often say I should consider Tier 1. I believe our current organization's team is going to be really good next season, and I am so excited for next year. But the year after that when my son will be in his last season of Mite, the gap between him and the 2nd best player is massive(That can change I know). And that is where my concern lies.
I am concerned that the practices are going to be too easy he will get bored and gain very little benefit. I am worried that he might force the other kids on the team to play in a division they don't belong in.
I read the threads on here, and the feelings about Tier 1, especially at the 8U level, and I get worried. My son loves being on the ice, he loves tournaments and traveling. As does my wife and I. We also can afford it.
I've been told to get him in Tier 1 for the better development. I've had people tell me to just let him excel in his last season of Mite to build up his confidence. Which he has yet to experience since he has never played against kids his own age, and I am not sure he understands how good he is. Most of his time playing hockey has been against kids 2-4 years older than him.
I struggle on where you draw the line on doing what is best for your child's development, compared to just having fun. My goal isn't to get my kid a college scholarship or in the NHL. But I want him to be the best version of himself, all while enjoying every second of it.
We were considering trying out for the Minutemen or the Jr Flyers. So any advice is appreciated.