Question about how proactive I need to be with my 11 y/o regarding teams/clubs. My son: 11 y/o, slim, but fast, great passer/team player, strong left as well as right, good but not great dribbler, good defender(way above his weight class). He's played 3 years on club teams but has been playing with players of his grade rather than his age (he was tested and pushed up a school grade 10 days ahead of the official schedule). This means he's been one of the smaller guys and consequently was put on 3rd teams (Challenge level) the last two years, but he's been OK with that b/c he likes to play with guys in his grade. The questions are - if his aspiration is to continue on to play in high school at a minimum and possibly into college - do we realistically need to drop him back to his true age bracket AND make efforts to try to get him on a higher level competitive team - like a Classic team - in order to advance his goals? So much of what I've seen is the upper competitive team placement is about size, speed, and aggressiveness with the technical skill, possession focus, and soccer brain sometimes not there. Will emphasis on the level of one's team history play fall away in high school or will he be stigmatized by continuing to play on lower competitive teams?