While I am not new to the game of tennis, as such, I have never played competitively (in tournaments, etc.). I play about 3-4 times a month in the summer nowadays with one opponent. I win about 75% of the time. We can sustain 20 shot rallies sometimes but there is not much in the way of pace or spin (he hits very flat, I do hit with spin but not that much). I have some other guys I play with once or twice a year but they are at about the same level as my regular opponent. So essentially, I am a weekend public court hacker, and I certainly don´t pretend to be better than I am. Now winter is coming and the municipalities have taken down the public court nets. My regular opponent also suffered a personal tragedy so obviously we will not be playing tennis until at least next spring. Despite the fact that I am not a good player, I do love playing tennis and would like to play a lot more often and with a variety of people. My question is, how good do you have to be to join a club league (beginners level, basically) and not be dismissed as a laughingstock? I don´t want to pay a fee up front and then find myself serving alone on the courts or just not playing at all out of embarrassment. Do hackers like me have any options (besides expensive lessons)? Or should I just stick to hitting against the backboard? Note that I am Canadian, so USTA ratings do not apply to me.