After reflecting on last year and how far Roundnet has developed I came to realise just how important it is to attend tournaments. For newer players who haven't attended a many competitive tournament before, the first tournament may be nerve-racking. Question like "am I ready?" or "is it worth going if we are not going to win?" come to mind for me. To you guys and girls who this applies to this article is to help you make your decision.
1. You are beyond ready
Tournaments are for everyone. Let me say that again... tournaments are for everyone. I've met some people at tournaments that only played a handful of times before that day. If you are questioning your ability you can always enter your first tournament in the beginner or intermediate division!
2. It's time for a challenge
Answer me this! Doesn't it get old playing with the same people day after day? Aren't you curious what's out there? How do your skills stack up against someone on the other side of the country/continent (or even the world)?
If you are starting to reach the ceiling of your skill level playing with the same people time after time you may be the big fish in a small pond. Sure it's cool to be the big fish, but there isn't much room for personal improvement until you're in a bigger pond and you start challenging yourself.
3. You aren't sure if you want to travel
Lucky for you Roundnet has spread like around the world as easily as butter on toast... A couple years ago they were few and far between. In the US, I would presume that there is at least one sanctioned tournament in each state this year. In the EU, there are communities popping up everyday and they have become unified! In 2020 we are seeing an explosion of roundnet communities all over the world and I gaurentee you there is one near you. So if you don't want to travel far you don't have to!
4. Don't you want to meet some new people?
Tournaments create an awesome opportunity to meet other players like yourself. You might also meet some other people who live in your city, thus expanding your immediate group since you found some new people to play with!
5. You will have more fun than you could imagine
You'll get to play non-stop all day, play against strangers, meet some new people, and have a blast.
6. You will create memories!
Sometimes in life as you're in the moment you realize that you're creating a memory. For example, a memory you can look back on with fondness 'My First Spikeball Tournament'. I would even venture out and presume that experienced Spikeball players who are reading this right now still remember their first tournament... I'll close with this, I've never met someone who didn't have fun at a tournament or who regretted entering the first one. When in doubt you'll never know until you try... Right?