If you are even thinking of playing in this tourney I would urge you to get off the fence and sign up. My son played in it a few years back and its a great tourney to play in. In addition to the international teams the US based teams come from around the US and are usually quality teams. The folks running this tourney do a great job of making sure everything is running smoothly and also ensure everyone is having fun. The kids love playing teams from other parts of the world. Very interesting watching how teams from Japan, Puerto Rico or Dominican Republic approach the game.
I can't say enough good things about this tourney.