Originally posted by Ramned
Can I get some advice on how to find myself playing in OTB tournaments, etc
Your profile states that you are in high school; play in or start a high school chess club. I have played in a few OTB tournaments - inconvenient to attend (at least where I am major cities an hour or more drive away) however fun if you attend with friends although by the end of the tournament tiresome and wishing for home cooking.
In particular I enjoyed the scholastic tournaments.
To improve study lots of games, in particular those games in the few systems that you wish to specialize.