Mrs CCF and I decided this week to bite the bullet financially and put CCF Jr into an elite private club for hockey. We live in an area with only a very small organization, no paid coaches, not a lot of interest from parents to play a lot or pay for good coaching etc. Our organization preached the top goal of minor hockey to be "having fun". While that was fine for my son the first year he played and when he was one of the weakest players, it was not that good for him last year. He improved a lot with all the extra skating, hockey schools etc and likely would have been the top or second from the top player in his organization for H4 (8 year olds before Dec 31). After we saw what kind of team we were going to have this year we decided to enquire into the private club. He agreed to move so while the cost is nuts (5000 to join the club as a member, 200 a month for dues) and then 997 to register for hockey), it is worth it as he will get better coaching, more icetime and be with players who want to be better. It is like moving from a Div III school to the SEC. He will be a middle player where he will be but he knows he will have to bust his butt to get to the top. Anyone else ever put their tot into a private club for any sport, and if so, how did it work for you?