Originally Posted by OrangePower
Here in NorCal our Combo season will be starting soon. Here's an extract from an email, asking captains to consider playing at a higher-than-required level in the spirit of fair competition... hah!
Does your team have self-rated players who have improved during the Adult league season? Maybe your players were 2.5s this Spring, but with any match play during the Adult League season, they are likely to be 3.0s now. In fairness to your opponents, please consider changing your teamís level from 5.5 to 6.5. League play is about fair competition, not total domination.
The same applies to any self rated player who played successfully in the Adult league. His/her place now is at the higher level.
Just send us an email and we can easily change your teamís level.
This email message shows an appalling lack of logic.
About 70 to 80% of the 2.5 players in my local league were self-rated. Many of the same players played 2.5 in the spring and 5.5 in the fall. As a result, many 2.5 players on my team improved--but then, so did those on the other teams.
It is also not true that the place of a self-rated player who played successfully in the spring is at the higher level in the fall. By the rules, the place of a successful spring player (whether self-rated or computer-rated) is at the higher level only at the end of the year, when ratings are changed. A campaign to convince captains to move an entire team to a higher level now is a recipe for penalizing the naive.