As many of us know, it'll be dead after next month. These are the facts as I see them: - It'll be dead in 2014 (except for some 16 draw tea parties). - This year (& previous years) the 18s play in Mobile in mid March (the same week that 40-50% of the kids in the US (who are actually going to school) have Spring Break. - This year (& previous years) the 12s, 14s & 16s L1 ("easter bowls") are played 2-4 weeks later depending on Easter (the same week that 20-30% of the rest of the kids attending schools get a Spring Break). My kid has never competed (because he can't miss a full week of school after missing several other Mondays during the year), but I'd still like to see a Spring L1 continue, because: - He might want to attend next year or the year after. - It gives my kid (or any kid) another L1 to compete in that isn't in late July or early Aug. - in 18s it'll be during his Spring Break (& he'd definitely want to attend) in 18s. - Another L1 for college coaches to scout if they wanted to. Here's a way "out of the box", spit balling, solution & suggestion (that I open to tweaks & comments) for keeping this L1... & actually improving it (by opening up to more kids who might be able to compete during their particular Spring Break): - Have 64 draws for each age group at Mobile (during the current mid March 18s week). - Have ANOTHER 64 draw for all age groups 2-4 weeks later in Palm Springs. (gotta sign up for one or the other, not both). - The day before the Easter Bowl (second location) final.....fly (have the USTA pay for) the winners & runner up of the Mobile draws in Singles (& the winners in doubles if you think) out to Palm Springs to play the winners & runner up of that draw. (make it airfare for the kid & one parent (or one coach) plus one or two nights room....whatever makes sense). Benefits: - Keeps the L1 alive. - More (& better) kids compete because 75-85% of the kids won't have to miss school. (They'll compete during their Spring Break) - Exciting East vrs. West battle royale for the title (& only 2-4 kids miss school instead of hundreds....& I'd gladly have my kid miss school for a shot at a gold ball). - Families (parents) who have competitors in different age groups would be able to travel together to the same site. - College coaches could attend one or the other (or both) & could travel when & where THEY want to. (Note - if you wanted the dubs to end at the original location & get finalists points & 1/2 a gold ball.....cool. If you wanted the 12s draw to be 48 (or 32) per location.....cool. If the guru's want to hold the sites somewhere besides Mobile & Palm Springs....cool.) What do you guys think? hound <----wearing flame retardent asbestos alligator shirt.