So you've joined a league but, quite frankly, getting dunked on and outrun by everyone else is not your idea of a good time. You've joined a league that is, pun intended, out of your league.
You need to accurately assess your skill level and determine which league is right for you. Recreation departments usually offer preset categories to select from. They may be structured under a letter system -- with C being easygoing and A being intense and competitive -- or the categories may simply be based, at least in part, on the age of the participants [source: Georgia Sports League].
Before signing up, ask yourself what you want out of the experience. Do you want to win more than anything else? Do you enjoy a challenge facing other highly skilled players? Are you pretty fit and ready to handle a full court game? If you answered "yes" to those questions, then a higher, more competitive league is right up your alley.
On the other hand, if you enjoy the game but aren't too worried about the score, or you'd just love a chance to meet some new people while getting some exercise, then a more laid-back league or team is right for you. Ask the organization you're joining what leagues they offer and what sort of people typically join each one. It'll give you a better idea of where you fit.
If all this talk of basketball has gotten you inspired to hit the court, read on for lots more information.