Last year my son was a U14. He was deciding between 2 teams - one was playing Beast and an independent schedule, the other E9. We went with the E9 team, since there were guaranteed games against MSC, SPA and Rats. It was more about the guaranteed schedule. I think both teams played roughly the same number of games, but it was nice knowing the schedule going in to the season. Hopefully Beast gets more competitive and organized as the kids get older, but U14 was a black hole.