At districts this past weekend, one of the players on my team received a three strikes DQ, which reversed a team win that would have sent us on to sectionals. The player had a 4.0T rating. In 2007, he played 3.5 and received a 3.5C. In 2008, he played 3.5 and got bumped up to 4.0C. In 2009, he didn't play in a league, but played tournaments, which resulted in a 4.0T rating. The 4.0T is subject to a three strikes DQ, but a 4.0C is not subject to a three strikes DQ. While the rules seem fairly clear that a rating is valid for 3 years until superseded by another rating (in this case, the 4.0T), this seems like a disincentive for people to play in tournaments. Does anyone have any thoughts about this situation and potential appeals?