Posted by g on March 20, 2020 at 19:44:29:
In Reply to: Re: Opportune time for holdback? posted by 29.5 on March 20, 2020 at 17:54:21:
: : If I was a parent of a young 13 year old who is in the 8th grade, because of the school closures (which will probably stay until the end of school), this would be a great opportunity to hold back my child - they’ve missed most of their AAU schedule and training plus almost a third of their academic year. Why not repeat 8th grade, gain another year of both club play and academics while maturing more before high school? Sounds smart to me.
: In order to get better you play up, not DOWN in competition. It amazes me these hold backs think they get better being a big fish in a little pond. It catches up to them by sophomore year.The only exception to holding back this year is start of next school year is postponed based on the virus.One will need to make that decision in May!
No guarantee that anything will be up and running again by fall as well. Things not looking too good, this may be last a lot longer than anyone wishes to accept. No precedent for any of this.
If I were a parent of a 13 year old, I would ask him what he wants and not make the decision for him. How would you like to be put into a class with people that aren't your friends. Parents treat it as if it is such a simple thing. They will adjust, no doubt, but the first year is hard. I know this from coaching numerous hold backs and talking to them about it.
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