I recently encountered this situation, and was wondering if you would handle it differently? A really good player, lets call him John, joins your tennis team. He plays the first 2 matches and realizes that he doesn't like the combo format. John contacts the captain, and has an upfront conversation that sounds like... "Hey this isn't working out for me (for whatever reasons). Thanks for the opportunity, but I'm going to withdraw from the team, so count me out for the rest of the season. Thanks" Captain's not too happy about losing a good player, but understands. Near the end of the season, the team needs a few wins to make playoffs. The captian asks John to play and provides diverse reasons: - You're letting the guys down - No one has ever quit mid season unless they were injured - Some guys joined the team because you asked them to...and then you quit. (totally true) John says no because he still doesn't want to play and because other guys "want the ball," so they should play. Captain is not too happy and expresses major disappointment. The question is: 1) Was John wrong to quit mid-season? 2) Should he have played? 3) As a captain, how would you handle your relationship with John in future tennis seasons.