If your not planning on playing any tournaments, you don't need to be ranked.
Go to the Appa website and get a number, when you do, it also has a breakdown of how many points you need to move up.
I don't know how it is where your from, but where I live you can actually start out d4. We only go down to D5 in my area, but i hear other areas have D6.
I play my 1st speedball tourney May 14th as a D4, but I've been playing awhile, just not on a team.
Hope this answered you question.
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