Originally Posted by LMK5
The way out of this mess is to base the colored balls on the skill of the player, not the age of the player. I know lots of kids age 6-10 who can beat lots of kids 12-14 years old, yet the younger ones are forced to play with dead balls and the older ones would play with regulation.
Reality: 10 year old advanced players are playing with the green ball, while 12 year old novices are playing regulation. This is what mandates creates. Makes sense?
Here's an interesting one in our section - my son, who is 10 1/2, is playing in an L6 12U USTA event this weekend with GREEN. One of his peers, who is also 10, but not yet 10 1/2 is not allowed to play due to age (cut off is 10 1/2). Both players are intermediate to advanced level. So, his friend is forced to play ORANGE or sit out. That's what mandates do.