Holy smokes, fellow captains! If you ever had any doubts about whether you should hit with someone before taking them onto your team, I think I can put them to rest. I sometimes drop in on a particular drill class (both to drill and to find prospective players). At one class, I noticed this woman. Her playing style was similar to mine -- come to net. Good serve, good passing shots, good everything. I talked with her, and she is a computer-rated 3.0. I thought perhaps I had found a new teammate who could help us on Court One. I scheduled a foursome with another prospect, this woman and one of my teammates. It was the longest two hours of my life. Once the woman was in a competitive situation, she was about the rudest person I have ever met. She would walk away from you while you were talking to her. She wouldn't talk with anyone during changeovers. After the first set, she seemed unhappy that we rotated partners and didn't want to play with my teammate. She was hostile to my teammate who was having an off day, refusing to speak to her until my teammate hit some winners. She coached me relentlessly, even when I hit winners. When I asked where she was planning to go with her next serve, she said I needn't worry about that. And she was unhappy that one player kept driving the ball at her at net, telling me she was going to settle it in the parking lot later. I beg your pardon? My teammate, a kind and reasonable person, said that if this woman joined the team, she would flatly refuse to play with her. So we told her no, even though she would have been one of the top 3 players on our team. That's it, then. I will never, ever take on a player without hitting with them first.