Hello, I'd love some info from experienced people. I'm 29 and am playing in my first USTA league after some guys I started playing with asked me to join their forming team. I played decently in high school and a little club tennis in college (not varsity or jv!) before injuries and whatnot set in and then years went by with little to no playing and getting out of shape. Anyway, following the online steps, I self-rated at 3.5. I've played 4 league matches so far and am 3-1 at #1 singles against a benchmark player, two computer rated players, and a self-rated player. In order- Match 1 (L-benchmark) 3-6,6-1,0-1; Match 2: (W-comp)4-6,6-2,1-0; Match 3: (W-Self) 6-4,6-4; Match 4 (W-Comp): 6-2,6-4. My questions concern possibilities of being DQ'd by 3 strikes rule. I don't know if I am at risk or understand the ramifications. We have 2 matches left in our team league and we are not very good (so I assume this means we won't make playoffs, right???). My first question: If I win the last two matches handily could I be DQ'd? Second question: If I am DQ'd does this negatively affect my team at all if we have a losing record anyway? Also, what excatly is a benchmark player, an average 3.5 player or a top 3.5 player? Sorry, being new to this I just don't understand the details. Thanks for info!