quote:You obviously haven't been around great travel teams.
Now let's not get testy here. Just looking for information to compare it with what I have seen. First I need you define the term, "great travel teams."
There are lots of things in play here. Quality of the coaching staff. Maturity of the players, not just their age, quality of the competiton, etc.
I have seen teams that call themselves, great, even elite. What I notice in general is that the kids are one age but appear to be 2 years older. The early maturation gives them a temporary edge until the other kids catch up.
Practice time is another issue for me. Kids learn mainly in practice and from the reps, not so much in the games. How many practices per week?
As we all know what separates the players to be from the rest of the pack is innate ability. Anyone with innate ability will be able to refine skills quickly.
I do not know the coach in question. I cannot speak to his abilities from any personal experience. And I do not know you nor your ability to judge. Hence the questions. If I am making you uneasy, just ignore me. I will have to reserve judgement for now.