Yes, it is. Our coach originally planned for us to start practicing in September, so that's two months' difference. Plus, most of the people started freaking our because of our 13 year winning streak at State at that point, and wanted to keep it up another year (we did, the number is now up to 14 years), and we do pretty well. Our coach is pretty ambitious too, so it was very surprising that we started so late. I looked on some State websites; we have some of the earliest Regionals and States in the entire country. By the time our State was done, about three quarters of the rest of the country hadn't even done Regionals yet, or had had them within a week of our State.
Physics is difficult for 99% of the world's population because they don't understand it. The other 1% know too much.
"Physics is a psychiatrist?"