Membership to the USCF (United States Chess Federation) is required for most chess tournaments. Purchasing a USCF membership allows a player to participate in rated-USCF tournaments and obtain a rating (indicating strength of play). Several membership options also include online access or a mailed copy of ChessLife magazine. The most common memberships are current for one year.
A complete list of available memberships for new or renewing members is available HERE.
For scholastic players, a one year membership options (depending on age):
Regular Young Adult Membership (Age 24 & Under) – online access to ChessLife is $26. (Premium Young Adult Membership includes 12 issues of ChessLife for $33)
Regular Youth Membership (Age 15 & Under) – online access to ChessLife is $22. (Premium Youth Membership includes 6 issues of ChessLife for $28)
Regular Scholastic Membership (Age 12 & Under) – online access to ChessLife is $17. (Premium Scholastic Membership includes 6 issues of ChessLife for Kids is $24)
All memberships can be purchased online HERE. Members will immediately get an 8-digit USCF ID number that is needed to enter a rated chess tournament.