- Why wrestle?
- Who can wrestle?
- How do we join and what are the costs?
- How long is the wrestling season?
Wrestling is a unique sport. Wrestling focuses primarily on individual achievement while participating in a team environment. Because of the way wrestling matches are run, your child can and will develop more confidence and self-reliance than in any other sport typically associated with youths.
Most kids come into wrestling because they want to have fun. Their experience with the sport is usually from watching TV, the movies, or wrestling and roughhousing with their friends and siblings. Parents want to find a sport that will be fun for their child while helping to develop the child's physical and mental well-being as well as develop important social and people skills that will be so important through their lives. For the child that may be shy, too small, too big, or too slow for other typical youth sports wrestling may be the perfect sport.
Wrestling is a physically demanding sport and practices can be a physical and mental challenge for your child. To ease this challenge on your child the club's approach to the sport is to make it fun. We try to incorporate games into each practice so the time spent seems more like play time rather than the hard work it is. We provide constant positive feedback and encouragement parents to do the same.
Who can wrestle?
The Bethel Allstars Junior Wrestling Club is open to boys and girls who are between the ages of 4 and 13 years. A wrestler's age is determined by his or her age on January 1st of a given year. No wrestler may turn 13 prior to Jan. 1st.
Within the Pierce County Jr. Wrestling League there are 2 age groups: 8 and under (8u)and 9 and over (9o). Within each age group there are weight classes.
The 8 and under weight classes are: 42-46-50-54-58-63-69-78-90-110 lbs
The 9 and over weight classes are: 57-60-63-66-69-73-77-81-86-91-96-103-110-120-145-175 lbs
How do we join and what are the costs?
Club membership is $125 for 2017-2018. A multiple child discount will be offered. This covers cost of the practice facility, wrestling supplies, and goes towards participation in some of the meets/tournaments. There will be additional costs to compete in some of the special tournaments held throughout the season.
To join you may come to any of our practices (see calendar link), purchase a limited folkstyle USA card, fill out a Registration form and come to practice.
As with all sports there are miscellaneous costs associated with wrestling. Your wrestler will be asking for knee pads, sweats, wrestling T-shirts, singlets, wrestling shoes, and headgear. The only required materials are wrestling shoes and headgear (hair caps for those with shoulder length hair or longer), all other equipment can be purchased at your discretion. Please consult one of the coaches before purchasing any extra equipment.
How long is the wrestling season?
The season begins in October and ends in early January with the Rising Star Tournament. The Varsity & JV squads and runs through the end of January. If your child challenges for Varsity/JV, they must be available to participate until the end of January.
What can I expect?
Your child will attend beginner practices until he/she masters wrestling. If often takes several years at beginner practices before your child can advance to the advanced practices. Practices are 2 hours. Be sure to pack your child water and warm clothes to leave in.
The first tournaments are round robins. You will arrive between 7am-9am(depending on the designated weigh-in time. Your child will weigh in. Wrestling tends to start at 10am. Your child will be put in a group of 4 wrestlers with similar experience and in the same age bracket. Throughout the day, your child will wrestle each person in their group. This is often an all day event.
As the season progresses, the wrestlers will challenge for the Varsity and Junior Varsity positions on the team. Those that make Varsity and Junior Varsity will wrestle in additional tournaments. Those that do not make Varsity or Junior Varsity will still have tournaments to participate in.
We practice until the state tournament in February. This practice is optional, but the state tournament is a great tournament. There are also additional USA tournaments you can choose to participate in.