Dr Patricia Butcher, president of the T&T Netball Association (TTNA), says the local association may have to review its own recruiting and selection of youth players for national teams in the future.
This follows a disappointing sixth-placed finish by the national Under-16 team at the Caribbean Netball Association Jean Pierre Youth (U-16) Championship at the Vigie Multi-Purpose Sports Complex, Castries, St Lucia, on Thursday night, with a 1�5 record.
The lone win for T&T youngsters, coached by former national standouts and captains in Janalle Barker and Lystra Solomon-Simmons, came against minnows, Bermuda 20�9.
However, the young "Calypso netballers" who also ended in fifth position last year when the tournament was held in Antigua & Barbuda were beaten by Grenada (23�17), St Vincent and The Grenadines (22�14), Dominica (21�18), eventual champions Barbados (26�21) and in their final match against 2011 winners, and host St Lucia, 30�14.
Reached for comment, Boucher, who is also the American Federation of Netball Associations (AFNA) president, admitted she would have love to see much better results from the team than what actually happened.
She added: "Going into the tournament I knew the coaches and the team put in a lot of work, but maybe our start time of preparations which began last November was not early enough."
With regards to the team's performances and the way forward, Boucher said the local federation officials charged with the responsibilities for the national teams will first have to meet with the technical staff of the Under-16 what transpired in St Lucia and what needs to be done for us to improve.
"One of our shooters (Tiana Dillon) was the top individual shooter in the competition while in the team competition we were second to Barbados, so we need to know why we need to determine why this same type of shooting did not transpired in our matches, and what was the reasons for not executing the way we should," stated Boucher.
Asked if she believes the recruiting and scouting process used by the T&TNA was at fault, Boucher said it is a question they have to ask themselves as well.
"We had an Under-16 identification talent tournament where the coaches were able to get a look at the players from all over T&T, but maybe we need to spread out net much wider.
She added: "Maybe we also pay much closer attention as well to recruiting taller players from a young age, because when we get to the senior like, you see the teams like Australia, New Zealand, Jamaica and England, all dominate mainly through having players who are just not fitter and more athletic, but way taller than us."
"I'm bot sure if this was a factor at the youth tournament in St Lucia, but is something I think we need to play closer attention at," ended Boucher.
Having already captured the title, its third overall and second in four years, Barbados ended with a 6�0 record and 30 points by whipping St Vincent and The Grenadines, 36�11, while Dominica pipped Bermuda, 21�20 for second spot with a 3-1-2 mark and 20 points, the same as Grenada, but with a better goal-difference.
T&T's best ever finish at the tournament was runner-up in 1998, 2000, 2001 and 2008, all to ten-time champions Jamaica, which opted not to defend its title this year.