Originally Posted by lala28m
There seems to be much discussion on this forum about "playing too early".
IMHO.. as long as the kid can keep score and is courteous, fair, can call lines correctly, etc...they are ready. You are just training them for one more aspect of the game. it is actually hard to simulate.
Tournament play is such a different, mental aspect to the game: shaking off unfair calls, loud, obnoxious onlookers, brand new opponents, the opponent's parents...sometimes cheering at your unforced errors. Mental toughness... Hard to practice that outside of the real thing.
Agreed, if that is the game plan, to learn and grow it's all good, but it seems that for some it still comes down to winning, and not handing it to their opponent. The other stuffs goes out the window too quickly.