How Do I Compete in OTB Chess Tournaments?

Wesso
Wesso
Jul 2, 2013, 12:07 PM |
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I really enjoy playing chess and now I would like to compete OTB but I have no idea how to go about doing it.  In doing a little research I found that the USCF has tournaments but how do I receive an official rating in order to compete?  It looks like I have to join the UCSF and then pay to register in a tournament.  Is this correct?  How long does it take to earn a rating?  I could use as much info as possible.  Thanks in advance.