Living in the Twin Cities and being part of a large hockey association, I have concerns on how much hockey young kids are playing and the professionalization of this sport at such a young age. Kids are being recruited out of mites (7-9 years old) with promises to parents that they can maximize the college and pro potential of their kids by enrolling in their programs. They are doing the intense version of AAA hockey(11-12 months a year) while skipping out of most other sports. My research (internet searches) into the subject shows that kids should participate in multiple sports thoughout the year if they want to maximize their potential. This approach is also good since kids may find out they enjoy other activities more, which keeps them involved and active through their teen years. What makes this extreme hockey so appealing to so many is the number of high draft picks and college players being developed in the area, with people making legitmate claims that they helped develop this talent. My son is a top ten player in our association for his age (9), but he is the only one not doing the extreme hockey. There is pressure to get him involved, but then he would not be able to play baseball, lacrosse, tennis, football etc. as much as he would like. What are peoples observation of how kids develop? Do they see the superstars at 9 become average at 12? Does the extreme hockey work, or is the more well rounded approach seem to be the way to go?