We've been trying to explain to our son that what happens in the 12s doesn't really matter in the grand scheme of things. He seems to place such a huge importance on rankings and his 'place' amongst the other players and I get a bit tired of it! So, how important are the lower age brackets if your child is looking to play college tennis? Is it important for them to establish their place in the tennis community early or is it something that can wait. What should they be focusing on at this age(he's 11, by the way)? We also tell him that we just want him to have fun and as long as he's coming out of the bigger tournaments(think level 4's and 5's) with at least one win, then he should be pleased. He's been playing tournaments for exactly one year and I think he's done great, but he gets so disappointed when he loses that it's hard for a mom to watch, LOL!