In my entire life I may have not played many full matches (I was probably 15 at the time and we are talking about a handful in a recreational setting). Years and years ago I would play sets here and there all summer without much in the way of instruction but since I rediscovered the game at 31, no meaningful match play at all (just games during drills, never finished a set). I have taken group lessons starting out as an advanced beginner since February, gradually moving up to 3.0 and 3.5 lessons (only did 3.5 for one session due to my schedule). I have also been going to open drills and hitting with a ball machine here and there for several months. This is mostly due to my work / social schedule. I think my strokes from the baseline are pretty decent (but I do need to work in more topspin off the backhand side, right now I slice almost everything when I am doing live ball drills) and my serve is solid. My serve used to be very inconsistent but capable of a lot of pace and I sometimes I would get aces (or at least force an error on the return, does that count as an ace?) against better players and instructors. Sometimes several in a game if I was on but like I said, very inconsistent and often had to rely on a ping pong type 2nd serve (which was surprisingly effective). Then I developed a shoulder injury. As a result I have been spinning everything in and become more consistent (with less pace) and have more ability to place the serve which has allowed me to hold serve consistently as long as I am not playing someone who is a lot better than me. Volleys and approach shots are much better than they used to be but far from great... but at least I come into the net and can win points if I have to (against players of similar skill... sometimes). Since I have yet to play in a league I know it is hard to gauge where my level is at. I think 3.5 would be a fair estimate. Not sure where among the ranks of 3.5 players I would fall but I am pretty confident that nothing a 3.5 could throw at me would intimidate me. My major downfalls are my lack of match play experience, bad footwork/anticipation at times, inconsistant play/lack of focus at times and the fact that I hold back too much sometimes and play too conservatively (more so in doubles than singles, but still a problem in singles). Playing too conservatively is probably the thing that bothers my the most. I have think that I could hold my own at 3.5. I may or may not lose a lot of matches but I think I could at least be competitive and in every game regardless of the final score (even if I lost a lot of matches I don't see myself getting bageled). The thing that I worry about a little bit is that I may tend to play more conservatively at this level, which has me torn between 3.5 and 3.0. I think the advantage to me playing 3.0 is that it would allow me to get more match play experience, be more relaxed and work on point construction (keeping the ball in play with having more chances to choose my spot and go for it). I am not really in this to win matches at the 3.0 or 3.5 level (even though I do not really want to lose... who does?). I just want to work on getting better and getting comfortable playing a little more aggressively for the next levels, which is something I think I would have more of an opportunity to do at 3.0 at this point. I also think at 3.0 I would have a better opportunity to concentrate on consistent movement and hitting everything (or more things) in my strike zone. I have not seen any 3.0 or 3.5 league matches and with the possibility of sandbaggers and people playing at a level they aren't skilled enough to be at I really don't know what to expect... which I guess is why I am asking here. For my 1st league should I do 3.0 or 3.5? What would be more beneficial?