I asked mine flat out. But i'm blunt that way. He was good enough to admit that he wasn't terribly experienced in competing Int'l - but he did say that he loved it. He said he competed in American because he thought there was less competition at the pro level - i assume from the international couples that seem to dominate Int'l. I chose him over someone a little more experienced mainly because he said he loved it... i wanted someone with more enthusiasm. Also, he has a great personality - goofy, like me. the other options were... less compatible. as for the credentials on the floor, i guess i didn't about that. he definitely doesn't have a name, but i can't afford to compete at all the high level comps as an Am/Am, much less as pro/am. So i'm in it to compete at the regional level. ok, well, local level.