So well spoken Crab dad. Does RM break the rules. Technically he doesn't, but...he abuses the true spirit of grade base youth lacrosse, getting players who want to remain with his program to repeat a grade and if they don't they are replaced.
I agree that this holdback/prefirst/reclassify at youth level is not in the spirit of youth athletics.
Most of these kids at youth level are private school kids in the Baltimore/DC area. All these schools constantly preach character building, etc. Sorta ironic that the biggest abusers are the so called kids that are constantly taught being a good character in the world. Character doesn't go with getting an advantage that only a select few get, especially when others cant.