Somehow some people chose to find negativity in my original post that wasn't there.
My point was and is that you need to have a reasonable level of skill before you should attempt IDPA or IPSC competition. I am NOT suggesting that you have to be some kind of an expert, but you do need to know how to be safe, how to watch the front sight, how to manipulate the trigger without jerking it too terribly bad, how to clear malfunctions and reload while keeping your finger off the trigger and the muzzle pointed in a safe direction, ect.
New shooters should focus on safety, and on being accurate and performing the weapon manipulations correctly. Speed will come with practice.
Clubs should be open to assisting new shooters, because that's how we grow the sport. But you do need a base level of skill before you attempt to shoot in competition.
You can only learn from experience if you pay attention!