I am getting so frustrated I could yank my hair out. Our adult season starts next week. When new ratings came out, I invited 20 women to be on my spring team. They accepted. Good. Recruiting accomplished, with a nice balance of singles and doubles players. In the ensuing months, I sent out a few emails, just pinging people to remind them they were committed to a team and asking that they let me know if anything changed. I have now had *six* of the 20 players drop off. A few had very good excuses, but a few . . . not so much. More infuriating, though, is how people will not be up front and say what they are doing. I have two players who accepted -- one last fall and one two weeks ago -- who have straight up started ignoring my emails asking them to register. Come on, is it really that time-consuming to reply to my email with, "I'm sorry, but I won't be able to play?" Why are people so dang rude? If you agree to play on a team, that is a *commitment.* The captain is holding a spot for you. It is not cool to up and change your plans right before the season starts, and it is doubly not cool to be a coward and flip the ignore switch. Can you imagine the howls of protest if players accepted my invitation and then as the season approached I told them, "Nah, I gave away your slot to someone better. Good luck finding a team."