i agree with you ,the plan is the ITF unfortunately deiton is a year off before we can play itf's , he just turned 12 and were all ready looking at working on playing some of the Europe tourneys when he reaches 13 and if he continues to grow will play some futures also ,right now time and size is what were waiting on!!There in lies the problem with the ranking system. Roy Lederman is a nice little player, but no where close to a top player. The problem with his record is that the boys he is playing also have rankings that do not mean squat. So the inflated illusions just compound themselves.
The level of Lederman, and those ranked above him in the USTAs, are light years away from a Bernard Tomic at 12-13 or a Donald Young at 12-13.
Brad, you say your goal is world class. You are wasting your time then with the USTA stuff. If you want to know where your son stands, he has to hit with the best international boys. Until you see him hit with the very best international boys, any conclusions you are drawing about his potential are irrelevant.
Professional men's tennis is dominated by non Americans....so why would results against only American boys tell you anything at all? Why would a ranking in California even matter?
How many boys from Spain has your son played? Russia? Serbia? Switzerland? France? Great Britain? Argentina? Until he does you don't have anything to go on in regards to world class potential.
Right now there are 100 boys in Russia who are 12-14 years old, tall, fast as lightening, strong...battling each other every day for every scrap. They made the cut from 20000 who tried out. They are playing for their survival. Same with Serbia. There are boys just as tall as your son, but with muscular legs like grown men. They can lift 3 times what he could, run faster, and are solely focused on being the best, school be damned. That is the reality of the competition, not Roy Lederman.
Any results vs USTA ranked boys will not tell you a darn thing about your boys pro potential. You are living in a fish bowl compared to the huge ocean of players that are coming.