Ancientepee 15, Strawman 0. Look at what other US NGBs and other countries' NGBs (e.g. Canada) are doing--they're tailoring their training and competition recommendations to the developmental stages that a young athlete goes through. The ones that have embraced LTAD principles (e.g. "train to train") aren't ruling out national-level competition for 12-15 year olds--but they do want it kept in context. Is there any other sport where Y10s are going to national-level competition? And of those few sports, are there any that don't make you win or place very highly in a regional qualifier to get there?