ELITE YOUTH WRESTLING
DISCIPLINE - DEDICATION - DETERMINATION
The wrestling season will begin in late September and will run through March. For advanced wrestlers, wrestling may continue into early March. All current members must have registration materials in by the first week of practice. New members should register their athletes during new registration week. (Please check the registration link on the home page for details.)
Registration fees do not provide the funds necessary to support this program. The proceeds come from the club tournaments and designated fund-raisers. Elite Youth Wrestling hosts the Omari Nunn Memorial Tournament every year. This event is one of the major fund-raisers for our club and at least one volunteer from each family will be needed to work a portion of the event. Parent involvement is encouraged and needed. As with most organizations, there are always too many things to do and not enough people to do them, therefore, your help is very much appreciated.
Elite Youth Wrestling is a volunteer run entity. We rely on parental help throughout the season to have a successful season. There are many ways in which you can be involved. We encourage parents, both mom and dad’s who are interested, to fill out a coaches application and become coaches. This will not only help you as a parent to further your knowledge of wrestling but it will also help the team as a whole as more kids become involved with this great program. We also have positions available on our board of directors for parents who would like to take a more active role in the club development and decision making process.
The Elite Youth Wrestling is a non-profit organization. This League welcomes any additional support from the business community. Should you know of a potential sponsor willing to donate items such as supplies or raffle items, please contact one of our Elite Youth Wrestling board members. Their numbers can be found on the web site contact page.
Meets And Tournaments
Beginning in November, the wrestlers will begin wrestling in tournaments and dual matches. Tournaments and dual matches provide wrestlers with an opportunity to utilize the skills that they have learned and drilled in practice. These tournaments are usually scheduled on Sunday. Weigh-ins for these wrestling tournaments are on Saturday mornings. The team will caravan to weigh-ins together to make sure that every athlete is weighed-in at his appropriate weight class and age group.
All tournaments are sanctioned by the Western Suburban Wrestling League. Each tournament usually costs between $12 and $15 dollars. All Elite athletes are covered under the leagues designated insurance providers which is through the countries very own USA Wrestling Organization. Information on insurance will be handed out in your team welcome packet which will be handed out at registration and at the first day of practice.
The Match Process
A match consists of three periods plus overtime if the match is tied at the end of the third period.
First Round - The start of the first round begins from the standing or neutral position. Both wrestlers must attempt to stay inside the circle while on their feet and earn a takedown. After a takedown is established then the wrestler on top must work for the pin and the bottom wrestler must work for an escape or reversal.
Second Period - In this period action begins from either the referee’s down position or the neutral position. Choice of position is decided by a coin toss. Winner chooses up, down, neutral, or he may defer to his opponent. If he chooses to defer, he will have the choice in the third period, assuming the match continues to the third period.
Third Period - In this period action begins from either the referee’s down position or neutral position. The loser of the second period coin toss now has the choice of up, down or neutral.
Overtime - A 30 second period begins in the neutral position. The first wrestler to score a point wins. If no points are scored, then a choice will be given to the wrestler who scored a point in the match first. He will choose top or bottom. The top wrestler must ride and the bottom wrestler must escape to win the match for 30 sec. (Times may differ per period per age group.)
Wrestling practice is an instrumental part on the road to success. It is very important that every wrestler attend as many practices as possible. We will cover quite a bit of technique and drills in the very beginning of the season. It is very easy for athletes to fall behind if they constantly miss practice. Wrestlers must be on time to practice. If practice starts at 6:00 PM, then all athletes need to be in full gear ready to practice at 6:00PM. By having the kids ready to go on time we can make sure that all technique for the day is covered and that we are able to end practice on time.
4-6 Year Old Wrestlers: At the coaches and parents discretion all 4-6 Year old wrestlers who are not second and third year wrestlers will practice from 6-7 PM. An hour practice is usually good for the young wrestlers. Due to the difference in attention spans some young wrestlers who can tolerate extra time may be asked to stay until 8:00 PM. Parents are responsible for conveying the importance of appropriate behavior during practice. This will allow coaches to get through the proper amount of technique for the practice.
6-14 Year Old Wrestlers: Advanced wrestlers are defined as wrestlers who have one or more years of experience. The advanced team members will also be selected at the coaches’ discretion. Advanced wrestlers are expected to stay at practice from 6-8:00 pm Tues-Thurs-Fri. The extra day for the kids will allow them extra time on Thursdays that will be open only for advanced team wrestlers. This allows the coaching staff to assure that the advanced wrestlers are advancing in their knowledge and physical aspect of the sport.
Practice, registration and tournament schedules will be posted on the website and on the Elite Youth Wrestling site on Facebook. If the schools in the local area are shut down for inclement weather, practice will be canceled. If we need to contact you by phone to tell you important information we will utilize a parent-calling tree and well as make changes to Facebook.
Athletes will need to show up to practice in shorts and t-shirts. You may go to the nearest sports store and purchase your own headgear, kneepads and wrestling shoes. We will have a vendor who will come in sometime during our first or second week of practice to sell these items to you. Any current parents who have old shoes that are too small for your child to wear this year please feel free to donate your old shoes to our program. This will enable us to help others out with rental wrestling supplies.
Funguses and bacteria can be transmitted from one individual to another. This happens all of the time in everyday life. Due to the close contact of wrestling, we highly recommend that the participants take a shower immediately after practice upon returning home. We mop the mats twice daily and encourage good hygiene. If a wrestler notices a rash, immediately notify a coach. No wrestler may compete or practice with an unidentified rash. Most rashes can be treated in a few days and are more of a nuisance than anything. No one is allowed on the wrestling mats with street shoes. If a child doesn’t have wrestling shoes yet, please disinfect a pair of tennis shoes with bleach and have them use these tennis shoes as wrestling shoes until they receive their wrestling shoes. Do not let them use these tennis shoes for anything other than wrestling. Please do not let your athletes wear the wrestling shoes outside of the wrestling room because it contaminates the shoe with bacteria from the ground.
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