thanks for the responses.
for background, i'm our elite team captain and one of my points of emphasis from a captain perspective is to enhance our overall team program so that there is pipeline of talent coming from the jr. ranks up through the categories and onto the elite team as appropriate, and the elite team can then transition to age graded racing. a whole cradle to grave concept:-).
our jr. team, like many, is all over the map age and ability wise, with lots of representation at the 10 - 12 y.o. level, and the pipeline re-routed when the kids go to college, get a gf, etc., but one of the things I see is that our jrs. don't really race much unless there's a dedicated jr. race at an event. That's fine for the majority of the younger ones who are really just learning to ride a bike as 10 year olds, but I also don't see our older juniors participating in the category races, where in my opinion they should be. I wanted to get some input from respected individuals on this board before reaching out to our jr. coordinator and club BOD to push for more jrs. racing in category races.