Is your team out of an allstar gym? or are they registered to a town league? our kids register under the Commack youth league, we are a town organization, we have football, cheerleading, basketball and lax. We play/compete against other town teams- we are coached by volunteers, we are non for profit and we answer to our board members. Cheerleaders consist of the town residents- everyone who pays- plays... We do not own a facility, pay our coaches nor have access to 55-255 other athletes to fill in if needed. We are not an allstar team, we do not get a pay check. These are some of the differences between rec and prep. It does not warrent 1 of my teams being a rec team (because we think thats where they should be) and 1 team being prep. You compete at the level that you truly are not where the coaches think you will do best. Thats known as sandbagging. I can take my sr 4 team and make them a sr 3 team at a few competitions because I know they will kick butt- but thats cheating and Im not for that. I say stand up give it your best - and if your beat by a better team- then work harder for the next competition. We competed at UCA high school nationals 2 years in a row- yr 1 got 3rd and 4th yr 2 - got 3 out of 12 1st and 1st (youth and jr got 1st sr got 3rd) so we stood up and worked harder. And Maybe Im taking your posts wrong and if I am Im sorry- Maybe you are a true rec team who took the challenge and went up a level into prep, in which case kudos to you and your team, and hopefully the hard work will eventually pay off.