If the new 5 holdback rule is true, Madlax will stop going to NLF. There is no way they will be able to compete. If you go down their roster of 29, I see at least 13 kids with birthdays before 9/1/2005. It would knock out four of their starting offense (leaving just the owners kids) and two of their starting close. It could get real ugly, real fast. Unless they want to have separate rosters for NLF and non-NLF, there are as many as 8 kids that could be on the chopping block.
I believe that if you take the on age ML players and enter them in tournaments, they would do fine. There are plenty of those kids on their sidelines that are very good but never see the field. But ML wants "guaranteed" dominance at all cost.
“Guaranteed dominance”? ML holdback team beats Lowly Hawks by 2 goals. And beats a subpar LI Express team by same margin. That doesn’t meet my definition of “dominance”. And that’s their holdback team. And you’re telling me their kids that never see the field would do “fine”? Sorry parent of an on age ML player, but they would be crushed by any top 10 team. They may have a few “good” players, but that team would play in B tourneys.
Who knows really.. we will never know because I doubt it will ever happen. Ok maybe "dominant" is the wrong term, but until a team, any team, beats ML one time, then you can use any word to describe it. Bec right now, they are "undefeated".
Undefeated or not, it really doesn't matter. If a team is beating mediocre teams by two goals, which equates to a call or two, or a ground ball or two, the team isn't all that good. Not a fan of teams from LI, but I can think of a team or two from there that could likely beat them, had they played last year, and we all know that LI teams are over a year younger than ML. So, yeah, I'm not impressed. Your logic of the post was based on ML's team being "dominant" and based on that, their back-ups must be the next best thing to "dominant". The logic doesn't hold any water. Their High School age starters are serviceable against teams that are over a year younger. You may be in awe, because they beat your kids team, but last time I checked, 2023 teams are suppose to beat 2024 teams. Back to the point. If they can barely win games against "OK" teams with their holdbacks, then their far younger and smaller back-ups are pretty far down the totem-pole.