I have a self-rated player who is causing me some concern, so I need some opinions. Here's the deal. She started playing in summer 2006, drill classes. I first saw her in January 2007 as a prospect for my combo 6.5 team. At the time, she had joined USTA and obtained a self-rating of 3.5. This wasn't based on the assessment of a pro or anything. No, she had been accepted on a 3.5 ladies daytime team and the captain said "Yeah, just put yourself down as a 3.5," so that's what she did. When I hit with her, I could see good groundies but weak net play and doubles inexperience. Good athletic ability. I offered her a slot. I also told her I thought she wasn't a 3.5 (she was clearly less skilled than I am just on account of my doubles experience, and the serve was shaky). I told her I thought she should appeal down to 3.0 and play up on her 3.5 team. I figured if she really turned out to be 3.5, she could just continue playing up and not play for me on the spring 3.0 team. Well, now it's spring, and here's the situation. She is planning to play on my 3.0 team and a 3.5 team. She has played three 6.5 combo matches (1-2) and two 3.5 ladies daytime matches (0-2). She is a bit stronger, but I'd still say she is weaker than I am. I don't want to do anything unethical, but the scores on her losses in the ladies daytime matches (the only ones the computer will know about) were close against tough teams. If she were computer-rated, I wouldn't be the least worried that she'd be disqualified. But she's self-rated, so I'm not at all sure what the computer might be thinking about her. I don't want to deny her a spot on the 3.0 team in error, nor do I want her getting DQ'd. Nor will I cheat and tell her to tank matches or give away games to avoid a DQ. If a player plays a match at a higher level, does the computer consider a competitive loss to be a strike? If you were the captain, what would you do here? One option is to have her be on the team but tell her the issue, tell her not to tank or take a dive, but tell her if that if it looks like she is destroying people that I'll refund her money and not schedule her anymore. Would that make sense? Geez, I sure loved playing with this woman the other night. It was a match made in heaven . . .