Need an opinion here. Here's some scenarios: Kid 1: Middle of the row player on an Elite team, good student but grueling ECNL schedule impacts grades = 3- 3.5 GPA and good but not stellar SAT Kid 2: Middle of the row player on Tier 2 team (one of the top players for that team - like a B team) good student and with lighter soccer schedule grades = 3.8-4.2 Stellar SAT and does additional extra-curricular as soccer doesn't dominate time. Obviously neither Kid 1 or 2 get soccer scholarships. Kid 1 might get some looks with proactive campaigning, but all in all may get lost in the soccer wind. In terms of college acceptance to a top school and perhaps even getting a chance to play in college, Kid 2 I would imagine has a better chance of acceptance. If I had kid 1, wouldn't I better suited to move her to kid 2's team as she is essentially getting the same soccer credit in terms of extra curricular but will have more time for studies ? If I am middle of the row, am I not wasting my time and money on the Elite team and not really attaining the incremental college value ?