[Talk to me like I'm a five year old if you have to.] I want to play in a tournament this summer. However, I am not a USTA member. I play in a local ladder leage (singles)with 45+ guys on it and I try to play at least once a week. We also play doubles on Saturdays for a few hours and I've got about 6-7 people to hit/practice with at work and we try to get out twice during the week to hit. I'm getting in about 4-5 days each week. I can exhaust myself with tennis during the spring, summer and fall so I've never had a NEED to join the USTA. Not a bad problem to have! Seems all the tournaments I've seen require the membership though. I guess I could join just for the tournament, right? So, walk me through this, taking me down both paths if you will; 1) for a non-USTA member, and 2) for a USTA member. Do I have to play on a USTA league first? Do I have be USTA rated? (I'd have to self rate I guess) I really appreciate your help!