Originally Posted by thefan
To join the tournament, do you need to have a specific skill level? Can beginners join?
Also about the league, does it cost anything? Also, in league, is there a ranking system or something where you can advance up to?
there are tournament entry fees(usually ranging from $10 to $20, in my experiences). yes, you have to sign up for a specific skill level. there are draws made for 2.5, 3.0, 3.5 etc and you enter the one that matches your level. sure, beginners can participate in a tournament---that would be 2.5 ranking.
in addition to the USTA membership fee, there is a $20 fee to play on a league. the ranking system works the same in the league---2.5, 3.0, 3.5 etc. in a league, you can play a half-step up too(i.e. if you're 2.5, you can play on 2.5 and 3.0).
here's a link to the USTA site that has all the needed info about joining a league---look at the "about self-rate" on the right side so you can rate yourself and not have to be judged by a USTA person.
let me know if you have any other questions. =)