To start with, I have played on a neighborhood team since 2007. Year in and year out, the club teams do better in USTA competition, for the expected reasons: 1. Year-round playing 2. Players who are committed because they have paid a premium to play. 3. (Sometimes) A variety of surfaces. I accept these differences, and realize that I will only very rarely sniff the playoffs on a neighborhood team in this area. A few of the teams we play have both hard and Har-Tru courts, and try to gain advantage with that option also. One practice that I recently encountered, though, crosses the line. We played a top team last Sunday, in the brutal heat. They had a couple of courts available indoors, but they chose to place their #1 singles and #2 doubles, presumedly due to the fact that they thought those players would have an advantage. I think this falls into the realm of gamesmenship. It's a spring league, and the intent is to play outside, except in the case of a rainout, in which case we use indoor courts if we have the option. Why should a club team be allowed yet another advantage? It's not really the end of the world and I doubt anything will change if I contact my League Coordinator, but the club teams need to understand the implications of making neighborhood teams less competitive than they already are. We make up typically a third to a half of any given flight. If not for us, the flights would get fewer, and the drives to matches would get a lot longer. Certain NTRPs might not even have a viable # of teams. To illustrate the lack of competitiveness for neighborhood teams, here are the current standings in our 3.0 flight: Indoor/Outdoor Surfaces 1. Club I/O clay/hard 2. Club O clay/hard 3. Club I/O clay/hard 4. Club I/O clay/hard 5. Club I/O clay/hard 6. Club I/O clay/hard 7. Club I/O clay/hard 8. Club I/O clay/hard 9. Neighborhood (my team) O hard 10. Neighborhood O hard 11. Neighborhood O hard 12. Club (lost 5 matches to a DQ) I/O clay/hard 13. Club I/O clay/hard 14. Neighborhood O clay/hard Clubs will always have an advantage. I only complain when they work so hard to find additional advantages, to make the playing field even more tilted.