I have captained a 7.5 ladies combo team for the last few seasons. As we have improved as individuals, the team has gone from bottom feeding to the top few teams. We have now improved to the point that I expect we will be too top-heavy to remain a 7.5 team. In other words, I expect almost all of our nine 3.5s to move up to 4.0. One solution to this is to simply move up to 8.5 combo as a team. I think I am going to reject this solution, though. Half the team will be new 4.0 players who are not even used to playing 7.5 combo as the stronger player. They are simply not ready for 8.5, and I think it is not appropriate for people to play so far above their level. In addition, there are only two 4.0s on the team who have played 8.5, and they would not likely leave their current team to stick with us. That means I will have to tell half of the team that they cannot remain on the 7.5 team. I could do this by just deciding who the strongest 4.0s are without regard to seniority or friendship, inviting them, and not inviting the rest. Or I could try to split the 4.0s into two 7.5 combo teams in some more orderly fashion. Or I could just throw the issue out for discussion and see what happens. My question is how to make something like this work. I mean, if we designate one team as the "competitive" team and designate the other as the "developmental" team, well . . . we know which team everyone would want. What makes sense here?