So we had our first tournament today, and it didn't exactly go well. I wouldn't say that it went poorly, but we struggled. This group of kids is very streaky, up then down. Actually, when I look at it objectively, we were probably just a hair away from going exactly the other way.
I got to spend some quality time talking to parents, and I realized that's where high school ball was such a problem. In J.O. you have down time and you can talk to them. That helps with getting to know the personalities of the kids.
What's next? Well, I have a good idea of the things we need to work on, a lot of it mental. Aside from that, I'm still fairly optimistic about the rest of the season. The thing that makes 18's a different animal is that you never know what the competition will be like. There aren't many "average" teams (where I think we place)... they're either hot or cold generally.
One thing that's certain is that every kid will be better by the end of the season. I can see the improvements already. The juniors will be ready to lead their high school teams when they go back.