So this is my first year playing USTA 3.5. I ended up on a team that went 6-2 this season and made city playoffs. A team that will have 5 out of the 12 of us justifiably bumped up to 4.0 next season (I am not one of these.) I understand that, come playoff time, it ends up being a matter of "whose 4.0/4.5s playing down to 3.5 are the best." That fact is pretty gross, but I understand the way the game is played. The coach of the ringery-est team was a real smug d-bag at city, pulling some petty machismo BS to a harmless self-effacing joke one of our players made. One of their singles lines won 6-0, 6-0, and the winner hooked our guy on about 10 calls. And kept grunting at unnatural times. And kept retrieving balls between our player's first and second serves that were SITTING AGAINST THE NET. Obviously coached gamesmanship. Really necessary in a beatdown? I just wanted to yell at the self-satisfied captain: "Congrats, your team of average fifth graders won the first grade spelling bee! You don't have to be so openly proud of yourself." So, I've basically decided that I am going to put myself out there next season on a team that doesn't look to be playoff bound. Maybe a new team or a team we played this season that had cool guys. I have a feeling that the club that hosts my current team might be just that come the fall, since so many of my teammates (including the captain) got bumped up. Is my playoffs-induced disillusionment common?