You will go to tournaments and play all 2025 teams, maybe even 2024s. Kids will get crushed. Good luck!
There are at least 5-6 2026 teams around in various stages, in the past there were always 2nd/3rd grade brackets that were very difficult for the little guys. BUT there are now more pure 2nd and 3rd grade brackets in tournaments so they get a chance to compete in most games. Next year they will be out of the woods.