Last year was my first in USTA league and I was 3.0 self-rated. I finished with 9-3 and was not expecting to be bumped up especially after a first round tournament loss (won the Consolation Draw though). When I was bumped up, I was happy but after some discussion my captain suggested that I should appeal and it would be granted automatically if I was between 3.01 and 3.05. For reasons known to none, I clicked those buttons (maybe I wanted to prove to myself that I was not a borderline case) and to my surprise, I was a 3.0 within seconds. Now I have a 3.0 "A" against my name and I don't like it. True that I have not yet "mastered" 3.0 as I would have liked but it would have been nice to have a 3.5 label. Sincere advice to anyone who is considering an appeal, think about this. If you are in a doubt, don't appeal. If you feel even a little bit happy about getting bumped up, don't appeal. You will play with better players and have earned this promotion. If you do get blown, you will come down next year but you have a new challenge to maintain this hard-earned level. If you do decide to quit playing tennis for whatever reason, you will retire as a higher rated player. I now am going into this season with added pressure. I have learnt my lesson. I will never press that appeal button ever again.