I'm captain of a 6.5 ladies team, although most of us are just 3.0. In December, we were recruiting new players. I hit with everyone we were thinking of asking to join us. There was one player that I took sight unseen, though. She had a long record in TennisLink, and one of my better players (let's call her "Meg") used to be on a team she captained. I wrote to Meg and asked whether this prospect was a good player. Meg replied that the prospect was "good, definitely not on the low end of 3.0, closer to the middle." Well, it was cold outside, Christmas was coming, indoor courts are tough to come by. So I invited this new prospect without hitting with her first. Now that I've seen her, I have to say I'm underwhelmed. She might well be the weakest player on the team. Now I gotta figure out how to play this new weak player 5 times in the season. I could just pair her with Meg. This is what my co-captain thinks we should do ("Hey, she recommended her, she can play with her.") But that would hurt the team because Meg is one of my best 3.0s. If I saddle her with a partner she doesn't like, Meg could just leave the team. I could just put her on court three with the weakest of the remaining players (let's call her Karen), but what did Karen do to deserve that? I also have to figure out what to do for next season. I hate to hurt anyone's feelings, but . . . how have any of you or your captains dealt with a situation where one player is clearly weaker than the others? I think we will soon get to the point where no one wants their TennisLink rating dragged down by their partner. The results for winter combo don't count, but the scores for the spring season in April most certainly do. Any ideas? Shoot, some of you warned me never to take a player without seeing them first, but did I listen?