My CP is the only freshman on the varsity/competition squad this year and it's definitely been an adjustment. At first I heard a couple parents questioning if a freshman deserved a spot on varsity but once she showed her skills, they quickly shut up (she's got her full on the dead floor). Because of All-Star, she's always been on teams with older kids but for some reason, high school just seemed harder to adjust to. There is a big age difference and honestly, we haven't let her do all of the social events that the team has done partly based on that. As the year has progressed, she has become more comfortable & made friends so she's getting to do more (also we've gotten to know more of the kids) of the social things. I guess it's just something that I would expect a parent to watch on a case-by-case basis. I think the age difference can make team bonding a bit more difficult.