Thanks for the comments and I agree with pretty much everything. My son is not age eligible to play anything else until next fall so we are stuck with rec until then. Between rec and his development program, it will offer him a lot of playing time and touches over the next 10 months. The development program he's in is run by a club affiliated (loosely I think) with Bayern. All the coaches are from oversees and they seem to be serious about proper player development. A month or two ago they sent six of their U13 players to US Soccer's National Training Center. One of their kids just got invited back for a second tryout to Bayern's junior academy.