The reason for me bringing up a stink about this, is because the players are much better than their ratings are showing and the current ratings structure here in the Southwest is saying that they are not as good as they really are. I know for a fact there are many pro caliber players in our advanced divisions but the ratings are discriminating and they believe they are not ready for open. The silly ratings are not a good representation of the players ability here in the Southwest.
Quit introducing them to the idea that a rating tells you when you're ready. It should be a feeling. When you can play what you feel is really bad golf and still win or be top 2-3 in your division every tournament, thats when you should move up to the next level. Get them to hang onto that idea and not the idea that a number tells you when to move up.
It sounds like pot-kettle-black because I really do care about my rating, but its because I'm a numbers freak. When I make the jump to pro, it'll be for the reasons above. If my rating says I'm 950 only, but I'm top 1-3 even when I feel like I'm playing poor golf... its time to move.