My understanding is that Signature was created to serve as a launching point (for lack of a better term) for kids who may not quite be ready for club play. I agree Bronze and Signature may be comparable in quality of play but they are two different animals. Many Signature teams have successfully made the jump to club (when they were ready).<quoted text>
do you want a signature team? ultimately eliminating the signature league and just having one next level league makes sense. Bronze and Signature teams are not really different. There are multiple levels at csl so the term club is not all inclusive and everyone is not the same. Just like in softball the club player may be a level 1 team or level 3 team. pick one don't complicate it. Ultimately it is about the coach and if a child is cut from a team. some don't go because of the coaches personality and some want another option because the player was not chosen for one reason or another.
Signature teams are still recreational teams operating on a different budget than club teams. They also travel less distances during their season. Not only does it offer the kids a growth opportunity, it offers the parents an acclamation period to the financial demands and travel requirements.
The truth is you cannot replace quality game time experience any other way than continuously exposing our kids to quality competition. Club teams travel more and are continually involved in tournaments year round. This is one way they stay competitive, but this requires far more traveling and expenditures than a typical Signature team. With the paid coaches, additional equipment, program and tournament expenses; families are typically shelling out 4-5 times more money than a Signature team.
Some families cannot afford Club expenses while others cannot meet their travel demands or game schedule.
Signature is a viable option and needs to remain a viable option for the 'core' recreational leagues.