In most cases the kids that come to the Clovis area event are looking to test themselves. I have never used the bday as a guidline but rather tried to know the kid and parent in advance of pairing for these spring, summer and fall events. The goal has always been to make sure everyone left with a loss or two in there round robin- Ian has always followed the organizational creed of offering challenge matches untill everyone has had there fill.
I say throw him to the wolves and if he gets eaten repair his flesh in the practice room.
There are two types of people: those that talk the talk and those that walk the walk. People who walk the walk sometimes talk the talk but most times they don't talk at all, 'cause they walkin'. Now, people who talk the talk, when it comes time for them to walk the walk, you know what they do? They talk people like me into walkin' for them.