With a year of the new tournament format under our belts seems like a good time to reflect on the pros and cons of the new system. Just got back from Tucson from what I thought was a very well run tournament given the very compressed time zone. I had 2 kids involved. Both got 4th place in doubles and 4th place in singles - different age groups. They both ended up playing 8 matches in 2 days and 9 matches in 3 days counting the 3rd place matches. My older kid handled it ok but my 12 year old was fried by the end of it and in a lot of ways it ended up taking a lot of the joy out of the matches. On court for hours every day and physically exhausted by the end of it. Did I save any money - not really..did the kids miss less school - maybe a day. Did they have a great time - well they were happy they did well but comparing to the old days of the Copper Bowl - not really! Looking ahead to the Level 2's next moth there are virtually no locations with more that one age group at the site and so I will now have to arrange travel to two different sites - so much for saving money! I hear another round of changes to the National tournament schedule are being voted on this March. It seems such a shame that the young players involved in these tournaments seems to represent a very low priority for USTA junior competition!