I told my 6.5 team that I wouldn't captain at that level again and would instead captain a new 7.5 team. So far, no one has stepped up to captain the 6.5 team. Yesterday, two of the 3.5 players and I were talking about this. One of them is thinking of stepping up to captain and keeping the team together. The subject turned to the question of whether there is any benefit to us as 3.5s in continuing to play 6.5 level. The one lady was saying that if you want to improve, you have to play up. She isn't interested in playing 6.5 anymore. I was making the argument that there is benefit in playing 6.5. My feeling is that all of us have shots that we are afraid to use in a competitive match at a high level. If the pace is slower (as in 6.5), this is the ideal way to work on our "B" game. If I play that level again, I would use the time to work on elements of my game I am not comfortable with at a higher level. Those things would be receiving on the deuce court, service return variety (lobs, slices, drop shots), approach volleys, S&V. The very reason those things are not part of my "A" game is that I don't feel comfortable with them with the faster pace you see at higher levels. How come the prevailing wisdom is that the only way to improve is to play against the highest level possible?