Had another winless tournament. Grrrrr. Granted, it was easily one of the most competitive tournaments anywhere in the region this season, but losing can be OK when you play to your potential. The kids simply aren't doing that yet.
You start to second guess yourself in situations like this, which is ironic because after six straight seasons of winning teams I never take credit for those. But as I carefully look at what they're doing, it's clear that there are two kinds of kids right now. There are the competitive and intense kids, and everyone else. The divide between those two groups is at risk of causing conflict between them too.
But it's not all bad. As the tournament went on, there was progress. There was a certain amount of confidence building and some real glimmers of brilliance there. As they make individual progress, I think the team will continue to develop. The rest of our tournaments shouldn't be nearly as insane in terms of the teams we'll play. So generally speaking, I'm still optimistic about them reaching a higher level of play. Time will tell!