Here in Connecticut we have some USTA leagues that run from September through May. We do this to keep the indoor club owners happy and prosperous as the clubs would surely be 100% full with season court players willing to pay several thousand dollars to play once a week for an hour and a half through this same time period. And, yes, we do pay $30 per person to play a USTA league match. We have to do this to secure court time for league play. One of the complications that this creates is that our leagues begin before year end ratings come out in December. We have "early start ratings" that reflect local league play and do not take into account any Championship play---Districts, Sectionals or Nationals. The co-ordinators at all levels here have decided that the way to address this situation is to allow players to be "grandfathered in" for the entire season including Championship play. Therefore, if you have an ESR of 3.5 and your year end rating comes back a 4.0 you are allowed to play the entire season as a 3.5 player even if you are "benchmarked." If you are unfortunate enough to be "bumped down" from 4.0 to 3.5 you get the double whammy and have to continue playing as a 4.0 through the entire season. This decision has had a huge impact on the standings here. The teams who have many "grandfathered" players have soared to the top of the standings while other teams with none or few "grandfathered" players have no chance to win a match or in some cases not even a position in a match. Any suggestions that this makes no sense and seems to be unfair to some of our local teams as well as teams that we may meet at any Championship competitions falls on deaf ears. Are there any other areas where this takes place? How do you handle this in your area? How do all of you feel about having to face "out of level" players/teams at the Championship level? Any response would be welcomed.