Thanks to Rhellion of Rhellion's Tabletop for this awesome article about one of the cornerstone hobby events of the Great Lakes region!
It is that time of year. Registration for the 2013 Great Lakes Warhammer League has opened. The GLWL is a Michigan-based Warhammer league that runs annually starting in January. All across the state there are divisions of players that play 5 games for W/L/D points and victory point tiebreakers. The top 8 Division winners then meet up at the Season End Championship tournament in a special championship bracket and fight it out for the League Championship. Last year there were 77 participants in the GLWL across Michigan and northern Ohio, and 30 players in the season end tournament!
Painting is not required, but it is rewarded. If you are new to the hobby or starting an army, don't let you grey plastic models dissuade you. During the end of the season tournament painting is scored, but again is not required. That gives you even more time to finish up.
Beginners are also encouraged to participate, and are helped a little with the New Player Adjustment Rule. After the first two games new players to the league are allowed to alter their fixed lists once if they have lost their first two games. With the laid back system of playing 5 games and the extra rules to help new players, I think the GLWL is a great avenue to introduce new players to some competitive Warhammer.
For more information including how to sign up and the full rules, check out the homepage of the GLWL.