I really want to start getting in matches. I'm still a beginner but I want to practice versing people.
Your Local Gaming/Comic Book Shop likely hosts Yu-Gi-Oh tournaments, along with similar games such as Magic the Gathering, Force of Will, Pokemon, etc.
Without knowing your location, I cannot point you to a specific shop, but there is a store locator available Here
Local Card shops would work. Also, if you are planning to go into serious tournaments, look up locations and scheduling of YCS and Regionals