There will be some slightly older American kids in the future as a new trend for some US players is repeating the 8th grade. The repeated year has to be before high school as NCAA is strict about 4 years to complete high school. We know a couple kids who repeated a year for tennis-that is one way to jump from a 4 star to 5 star overnight. One kid has a fall Bday so he was older anyway; he will turn 20 in fall of his freshmen year. He is older than my son but is a junior now. Of course that means those kids have to play men's tourneys as juniors or seniors in high school; there are few tournament opportunities for 19 year juniors except for the Circuits. Those kids will probably be playing a lot of qualifiers...Ok, so its complicated, thanks for the info! This ultimately seems to favor the international player, so its just a vicious cycle. Makes sense that coaches build around that, I would if I were a coach.