I didn't play USTA league the past couple of years but did play some tournaments. Got bumped to 4.5 this year, was asked to play on a team, and said "sure". The captain gave me the team number and I went to sign up, only to receive an error message saying something along the lines of, you aren't self-rated so you can't signup. I contacted the league coordinator, who contacted the district office, who said, sure enough, because I have a Tournament Rating I have to go through the self-rate process in order to join this USTA league. My first thought was, 'Hmmmm, I wonder if I can self-rate as a 4.0 then.' I'm not trying to sandbag, but I'm legitimately in a grey area between the two levels. I can beat some 4.5 players occasionally, but I also lose to good 4.0 players in my area. Anyway, I quickly learn while going through the online self-rate process that this is not an option - I'm only allowed to select a rating of 4.5 or above. So then the question becomes, why force me through this pointless process in the first place? Why not just allow me to join the 4.5 team as a Tournament rated 4.5? I was given the option to self-rate as a 5.0, 5.5, or 6.0, but does anyone in my situation actually do that? Seems like there's some clear room for improvement in the system here.