CYW’s Parent Handbook provides parents with everything they need to know about CYW and should answer most questions they have.
Practices will be held at Jack Jackter Intermediate School’s gym beginning Tuesday, November 15th and will be structured As follows:
• Mighty Might wrestlers (YOB 2011-2012) will practice Tuesday and Thursday from 6-7:30pm.**
• All others will practice Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday with beginners from 6-7:30pm and advanced wrestlers from 6-8:00pm.
• We have also designated 3-4 Friday nights as scrimmage/clinic nights with other local programs and special instructors (as available). These nights are free of charge.
Parent participation is vital to CYW’s ability to maintain a high-quality, competitive program. The annual recruitment of new coaches, and development the of our current coaching staff, is especially important given the one-on-one nature of the sport, the relatively short time frame we have for practices and the large number of wrestlers we have attending weekly tournaments. If you are interested in coaching this season, please contact our Head Coach, Jeff McAllister .
All wrestlers are required to wear wrestling shoes ($30 and up). Good wrestlers are always in constant motion. Having good traction on the mat is a must to prevent injuries. Wrestling shoes should not be worn outside. Only wrestling shoes may be worn on the mat (street shoes are not allowed) to keep the mat clean and to prevent it from being damaged. Headgear also is strongly recommended to avoid injuries to the ears and is required at most tournaments. CYW requires all wrestlers (with exception to those in the introductory program) to wear headgear in competition and at practices as directed by the Head Coach when live wrestling and drilling. Wrestlers who wish to donate used shoes or headgear for use by other CYW wrestlers may do so by depositing them in the wrestling equipment donation box found at practice.
A wrestler’s uniform is called a singlet. Wrestlers are not required to wear singlets at practices or tournaments. Shorts or sweatpants and T-shirts may be worn, however, they must not be loose fitting or have buttons or other items that could cause injury.
Wrestling equipment (e.g., headgear, singlets, kneepads, hygiene kits, etc.), will be available for sale from Competitive Edge Wrestling on the night of parent orientation, however, shoes should be purchased prior to the first practice (available locally at Dick’s Sporting Goods and Sports Authority). Wrestling equipment and other merchandise is also available for purchase at most tournaments, or may be purchased on-line (e.g., suplay.com, wrestlingone.com, WWSPORT.COM, USAWRESTLINGPRODUCTS.COM).
Tournaments & Dual Meets
Wrestling tournaments (participation optional) take place both in state and out of state from late December through early spring. A tournament schedule will be posted on CYW’s web site and provided to each wrestler at practice in early December. Regular-season tournaments are generally held every Sunday in Connecticut beginning in mid-December and ending with the New England Youth Wrestling Championship in early March. A registration fee (usually $25; $10 for each additional sibling) is charged for each tournament. At tournaments, wrestlers compete individually against opponents of similar age and weight and medals are awarded to the first, second and third place wrestlers in each age and weight division.
CYW encourages its wrestlers to participate in tournaments throughout the season (and post-season) based on their individual level of development and interest. With guidance from the coaching staff, wrestlers have the option to choose which tournaments they wish to wrestle in. “Novice tournaments” are held periodically for beginner wrestlers only (those wrestlers with one or two years of experience that have not medaled in a regular tournament). The number of wrestlers that will have the opportunity to attend each tournament will depend on the number of available coaches. More experienced/advanced wrestlers may, at their option, travel out of state to compete.
Prior to the first tournament, a tournament orientation meeting will be scheduled to provide parents with some insight into what a tournament is like, how it is run and what they need to know to help make their child’s experience a positive one. Please note: The coaching staff will provide feedback on your child’s progress/development to assist you in deciding whether they are ready for their first competitive experience.
CYW may schedule a few dual meets and/or practices with other youth wrestling clubs in the state where the competition is head to head with the opposing team. There is usually no charge to participate in dual meets. Wrestlers will be matched up based on their age, weight and experience. Depending on the size of each team, it may not be possible to match up all wrestlers with an opponent. Dual meets will be announced during the season with advanced notice.