MY SON MADE THE TOURNAMENT TEAM (ALL STAR TEAM) AND THEY HAVE A GREAT TEAM. I WANT HIM TO HAVE A CHANCE TO PLAY FOR THE CHAMPIONSHIP WHEN HE IS 12 BECAUSE OUR TEAM IS AWESOME. WHY SHOULD I TAKE THAT CHANCE AWAY FROM HIM?

First, congratulations on your son making his tournament team (or as many parents refer to it the ‘ALL STAR” team).  There is no doubt that this particular team is good, and you most likely believe it’s the best in a long time. The reality is very simple. Your 12 year old team is NOT going to the Little League World Series. They will NOT get to the Regional Level. There is tiny immeasurable chance the will make it to the State Level. There is a pretty good chance they will make it to Sectional Level because there is little to no competition at the District Level. However winning the District is typically as far as they will go (check the records, it’s something like 35 years). Now, ask yourself is that what you want. To spend the month of June / July preparing for ONE District Tournament only to be eliminated at the next level. One never knows, and of course past performance is no guarantee of future results. However we also all know the definition of insanity.

Now if it’s the experience of participation is all you are after then there is no argument that that is a good one. However if you choose to join a travel team, this experience will be repeated and enhanced as we participate in many high level World Series class tournaments.

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