We had a young girl at the field yesterday
These same pictures where taken during the same game, experienced players who constantly play in tournaments and do well. All in the same game
here is another young guy who played a few weeks ago. has all his own gear.
same kid on the far right. a few of those guys place first in almost all the tournaments around here but are able to play with younger guys.
not sure on the age of those two, but we consistently have young players of there age group playing in big games out in the woods. Once they get comfortable they will be out on the speed ball field like the kid posted above.
I think the biggest thing is how the older/ experienced players tone them selves down when playing with younger guys. At the field we play at, if it comes down to a 2vs1 or even a 3vs1, and the last guy is about to get run down by a guy or two, they blow the whistle before they can lay it on them.
We also make it a point to shoot people in the pack if they dont know we are behind them. I know during one of our games, I ran that younger kid down but once i realized it was him and that he wasnt shooting at me (didnt see me) i made sure to put one shot onto his leg to end them game. I played as hard as i could but adjusted my self based on who was shooting at me. If he keeps playing like he has been, i wont need to tone my self back. I have played against my fair share of young kids who can hold their own against almost anyone that regulars our field.