the Primetime john jay way is great for recruiting, but horrible for the town- they have always focused on the top 5 kids in each grade and not on building the foundation of the youth program. at the younger ages in john jay- only a small fraction of kids play travel at any level. and rest do whatever. this is often a problem when travel and town are somewhat connected. kids that are not capable of playing travel will fall behind and quit at a young age, other towns are doing it smarter at the younger ages and keeping kids playing together - when a childs only instructional option outside the town season is Primetime, it makes it harder to build that foundation
Which is a shame because the Bocklet's helped build that original foundation idea you mention, but has since disappeared.