Originally Posted by Misterbill
The bolded text is not consistent with my experience.
Anyone who wants to be a standout in high school or get a shot at competing after high school, needs to compete outside "small catchment" areas. Doesn't have to be at national competitions, but at least at the state/regional level.
I think the USTA changes take account of the point that at least regional competition "is critical for development beyond a certain level" as you say
I would say it is consistent with my experience, and I think we qualify as a small catchment area.