Good question! In general, beginning players start at Flight 7, unless they have advanced athletic skills. Gifted athletes may be ready to play Flight 5-6 shortly after starting tennis lessons. Championship and Flight 1 includes very skilled and experienced players, some of whom played college tennis and/or coach tennis locally.
WTTA rules allow clubs to list their team players on whichever team best fits their collective level. (If a club has only one Flight 3 player, but has a Flight 2 team, that player may have to play Flight 2. However, a higher-flight player is not allowed to “play down” in a lower flight just to round out a team.) One good way to “test the waters” of various flights is to sign up on the sub list and substitute at different levels. You could participate in an AWTA event and ask the players on court with you to suggest a level. Or you can contact our squad rep for names of captains looking for players or subs at the level you think fits best.
Let the captains know you are interested in playing or subbing and ask if they can let you play in afun match or at their team clinic. The captains can then help you determine your appropriate flight.