PAL is set up in divisions of equal playing level. My son started at PAL and that first year the team was terrible. We lost to one towns B team 15-0. Kids still had a great time playing with friends and learning the game. Our team improved over the years. By the last year we were placed in the top division and beat the top team of that same town who’s B team beat us by 15. Many of our PAL kids are playing D1. This all started from a beginners PAL team that took a long time to catch and throw. The kids will have fun playing with friends and love the game more playing PAL. I miss those PAL days. It is a must to join even if your kid is too good for the companion and has to play with his weak hand to improve that aspect of his game.