Wrong message

Dear sir:
On Oct. 11, 2001, the local Sunset Country Ford Mustangs paid their entry fee for a tournament to be held March 1-3 in International Falls.
The Mustangs are an Atom ‘AA’ team equivalent to U.S. Squirt ‘A.’ Back on Nov. 17, 2001, the Mustangs played the International Falls Squirts ‘A’ team, beating them 15-7.
Fast forward to the middle of February, 2002. The tournament schedule was to be faxed to the manager of the Mustangs. But there is no communication from the Falls team (phone calls to the team’s coach and/or tournament co-ordinator were not returned).
On Sunday, Feb. 24, the manager of the Mustangs phoned the tournament co-ordinator and left a message, which was not returned.
Then on Monday, Feb. 25, another phone call was made—this time to coach of the Falls Squirt team. His wife answered and said her husband would call, which he did an hour-and-a-half later.
He stated that they didn’t want the Mustangs because they were too strong for the tournament. He also mentioned the Proctor, Mn. team wouldn’t come if the Mustangs were in the tournament.
The Mustangs won a tournament in Cloquet, Mn. two weeks ago, as well as one in Baudette in January.
If the Falls Squirts team didn’t want to play the Sunset Country Ford Mustangs, they could have said something several months ago.
Three other teams from Fort Frances have been invited to the tournament now (all the same age as the Mustangs), however, the calibre is lower.
The message seems to be just invite teams we have a chance of beating. But you don’t wait until a few days before the tournament starts to tell a team you don’t want to play them because they’re too strong for your team.
What’s wrong with stepping up your game to the calibre of the Mustangs?
Walter Horban
Fort Frances, Ont.