went to a SixPac tournament this past weekend (Colorado, "second worst snowstorm in recorded history...")
Note that girls were a MAJOR factor in most of the successful teams in the 8's, 10's, & 12's.
Even just a year ago, the girl on the team was an oddity at tournaments in the Southwest U.S.
On this occasion, girls were everywhere, even up through the Midgets. and they were not tokens, either. They were players.
overheard by the front door, two departing, unknown parents:
"My kid is really tired, he played four games today..."
"Yeah? See that blonde girl down there? She's played six games today, and she was the most solid defender in her division. She shut the guys down tough..."
Presently, everybody still says, "Yeah, but wait til the girls hit the 14's, when the boys get bigger and stronger..."
I'm telling you today, that next year, girls will achieve the same factor of legitimacy in the Bantam's that they have now established up through Peewee's, at least in programs where numbers of girls have had the same opportunities as boys. The bigger stronger boys will be indeed be bigger and stronger, but the skilled girls will be just as effective as are the smaller and lighter of the boys. They will be there, count on it.
Please remember that you heard it here, and give me the footnote, if you quote me on it...