Great idea - let's self impose rules on our team and then join a league without those rules, then call everyone who beats us a cheater even if we have no idea if they are or are not following the rules we made up. Fun.
No one self imposes rules not allowing holdbacks. The clubs that don't have holdbacks just didn't have any show up at tryouts or accept spots on the team. No club would tell an older kid, if they are better, that they can't play for them. Most of the lower level clubs have prefirst kids on them too. You just don't notice them because they aren't good enough to stand out. Looneys 2022 has a bunch, and they play in the B division.
If half of what people say is the truth here..Maryland is the land of kids being heldback..There is no where else in the country like this. In the majority of country , holding your child back is looked at as having a child that is not able to keep up with 99% of kids his age. Most actually feel sorry for parents that their child couldnt make it in his grade. Here in Maryland it is celebrated it looks like!
No! 5% of what is said on here is not even true. If kids are held back, it is usually in 8th grade. I do not know any 6th grade holdbacks, and my kid is in 6th grade at an MIAA school. Yes, some kids do pre-first, but they are not doing it for sports. They are doing it because they are late summer birthdays and are too young to begin elementary school. Furthermore, none of those kids are on a club lacrosse team. None. People are conflating a lot of different issues here and acting like this is an epidemic. There are a few, yes. But not at all as it would seem from these ranting lunatics on this site. Especially at this age level. Everyone on my son's club team (which I shall name so as not to embarrass him or the coaches) is 11 or 12 years old. And it is a good team. Competitive. We know many other kids on other teams and the situation is the same. And some of the kids are huge 12 year olds. And some of the kids are small 12 year olds. What you have on this 2022 thread at this point is a case of sore loser-itis. You will find in MD that when a team that was formerly quite successful begins to have loses, rather than look to themselves, they immediately start accusing others of cheating. So much easier than working harder and off season!