I highly recommend taking a Competition BBQ Class for all cooks who are serious about their BBQ and winning.
Many Teams and instructors out there are very good so they all can be good. Sounds like you were in one of those. I've helped my Mentor and Teacher Chef Paul Kirk teach his classes and they are Top Notch.
Next year see if those guys need help either Judging or working the class. You'll learn even more.
Now go cooks something and post us some pics!