I'm forking from the other thread as this is not really about Deit... Socal10s wrote in that thread "everyone who plays up always shines,that's why I tell my players to not play up until they've proven themselves as a pressure player,show me some sectional wins or a national win or even a national level 2 .." I was thinking about this the other day...there is a real, tangible benefit of playing up...and that's $$$. Let's say you are really good and you are starting to dominate your local section...you can choose to travel and play nationals, or just play up in your local tournaments. One is obviously much cheaper. Also, I can see that when you first play up, you don't feel the pressure. But seems to me if you convince yourself that it's not about the age, but about finding the right level of competition for yourself...then after a few tournys the initial play up effects should wear off and you will settle in...and it should feel no different? What's wrong with my logic here as seems like all coaches discourages playing up?