Not sure that the % of flight 1 boys making DA is really meaningful for the prospect of a kid making a DA team and like JackZ said everything is diluted and it would be impossible to define flight 1 teams. Plus there are loads of Flight 1 players that are better than many DA players.Random question: Anyone have any idea what approximate percentage of flight 1 boys make a DA team in SoCal?
Are we talking maybe 1 kid in twenty? 1 in 50? Do certain positions have a better chance? Does playing for certain clubs, ie those with "pathways", increase your odds?
If your youth player is a true unicorn, stick with your local low-cost club because everything will come eventually anyway. If your youth player is not as good as mommy's eyes perceive, then stick with you local low-cost club because nothing will come eventually anyway. However, there is a great expanse of middle ground players who might eventually get some benefit of the purported better coaching, competition, and exposure. Now what mother is going to look at her child and say "Sorry, Susy, you're just not good enough for us to spend all that money on you"? That's the target market.$3k per year from the age of 9-15. ($3k x 6 =$18K+) without getting into the travels and extras (gas, hotels, etc.) what do you think its worth?
Then when he makes DA team ,, you still gotta pay for travel costs, gas, food, etc..