Is The Tournament Right?

The answer to the question 'is the tournament right' for your team involves many decisions so choose your event carefully. Make sure the tournaments that you are considering offer an appropriate level of competition for your team. By all means use a tournament as an opportunity to challenge your team by pitting them against higher level or older teams than they might face in weekly league play. Traveling further away will also enable you to see how your team gets on against unfamiliar opposition. But don’t go overboard.

Sending your recreational team to a prestigious regional tournament for select clubs will not only give your players a frustrating and demoralizing experience but will also have opponents and tournament organizers unhappy with you. Remember that the other team paid their money, too, and they also want to be challenged. Nobody benefits from a 14-0 score.

Most tournaments have websites that carry the schedules and scores of previous year’s events. Take a look at them and see if there are any familiar team names on there. Perhaps you will see a local opponent and use how they did to gauge how your team may fare. Or perhaps you can call any coaches you know who have competed in the tournament to ask their opinion on how your team might stack up.

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