Scenario: An organization fields two 12U teams; one team (older team) is comprised of 2005 birthdates only, the other is 2006s (or younger). Same philosophy holds for organization's 10U and 14U, but for 16U one of the teams is "Select."
Question: In your mind, at the 10U through 14U levels, do the benefits of fielding teams divided up by birthdates (even if there is a fair amount of skill level variation among the girls) outweigh the benefits of having one of the teams be a "Select" team comprised of girls with similar skill development (assume split equally between '05s and '06s)?
Having a Select team of similarly skilled players would make choosing tournaments easier but of course could make for a potential headache the following year because half the team aged up. Not to mention possible hard feelings.
If there is a previous thread on this topic please direct me to it as I couldn't find one in my search. Thanks.