I've been looking at the attendance numbers for the recent major events and one thing is particularly disturbing. The number of 10-under players seems to be VERY low. We really need to make an improvement somehow to increase the number of our younger players. Otherwise, Pokemon will soon loose its title as being a "Family" game for all ages. One of the main reasons I feel that the 10-under numbers have declined is the practice by many PTOs out there to use Age-modified (instead of Age-separated) at their major events. At my league, the only time I ever see the younger kids playing the adults are when 1) they're in the same family, or 2) they're playing me for prizes. It's just not natural for 10-under players to compete against adults, yet we're FORCING that upon them at our major Pokemon tournaments. PUI is making a very good initial effort at reversing this trend by requiring PTOs to separate the age-groups for the Top X. As we strive to increase our 10-under numbers, hopefully PUI and PTOs will carry this one step further and COMPLETELY separate the age groups even in the Swiss rounds. If there are at least 6 players in a particular age-category, I see no reason not to separate them out. Sure, their swiss rounds may actually end up being a round-robin tournament, but IMO, that's a better choice than making them play adults. So, I really feel that the main reason we're loosing younger players at major tournaments is because we're forcing them to compete against adults.