Q.  What age can I join Chatfield Youth Wrestling?

A.  If you are in Pre-K this year and starting Kindergarten next Fall you can join

Q.  What times and days are practices?

A.  Typically, practices are held on Tuesday and Thursday evenings.  Pre-K thru 2nd grade run 5:30pm-6:15pm and 3rd grade-6th grade run 6:15pm-7:30pm. 

Q.  Do I need to have wresting shoes and headgear?

A.  If you are a beginner wrestler that may just do practices, there is no need.  If you are going to participate in tournaments, shoes and head gear are recommended, especially for the older wrestlers. We do have limited gear available on a first come first serve basis and welcome any gently used gear to pass along to the next kids.  

Q.  Do we have to do individual tournaments?

A.  No, but it is encouraged when you feel they are ready.  They provide valuable experience that will help your child improve. 

Q.  What should I expect at an individual tournament?

A.  When you arrive, your child will weigh-in and will be paired up with children close to their weight and age.  Age divisions typically are divided by grades: PK-1, 1st-2nd, 3rd-4th, 5th-6th.  They will call each division to report and will assign your child and their mat.  Most are run as a round robin with 3-4 kids per bracket.  Once they are finished, they will head to the podium to receive their award.

Q.  Will there be coaches at each tournament?  I am not sure I know how to coach my child. 

A.  Coaches will be at tournaments if they are there with their own children, but not always.  If they see your child, they will make every attempt to come to the mat and help out.  With multiple Chatfield wrestlers at each tournament, it can be hard to get to them all.   Don't worry if you don't know what to do, the refs and the other parents will be more than eager to help you out.  Or feel free to grab another wrestling parent to help you out. 

Q.  How do I know what tournaments to go to?

A.  Check out www.theguillotine.com for all the local and state youth tournaments.

Q.  What is the Wresting team and how does my child become part of it?

A.  This year we will participating in several K-6th grade team tournaments and Junior (K-3rd) and Senior Division (4th-6th grade) team tournaments. We have purposefully scheduled more team tournaments this year in an attempt to include more of our youth wrestlers. Some team tournaments we will participate in are intended for our wrestlers that have not yet won a wrestle-off to make the tournament team.  Team Tournaments utilize the dual meet format just as in high school.

Q.  Why do we have wrestle offs?

A.  The purpose for wrestle-offs is to ensure we have our best wrestlers at the appropriate weights to represent the team. As our program continues to grow, we want everyone to have the opportunity to participate in the team activities.  Wrestle-offs provide every wrestler an equal opportunity to represent the team at their weight class.  Even if you child does not win a wrestle-off or elects not to wrestle-off, they still likely will be asked to participate in one or more of the team tournaments we attend. 

Q.  Should my child wrestle-off for the tournament team?

A.  Although we encourage participation in wrestle-offs, the tournament team is typically comprised of older and more experience wrestlers.  If you child is inexperienced or in a younger grade, participation in wrestle-offs may not be in their best interest at this time.  Don't feel obligated to have your child wrestle-off for a position on the tournament team inf you don't feel they are ready. 

Q.  What are the weight classes for Team Tournaments? 

A.  Typically, K-6th grade team tournaments follow Northland Youth Wrestling Association (NYWA) weight classes.  NYWA weight classes are 45,50, 55, 60, 65, 70, 75, 80, 84, 88, 93, 102, 115, 130, and heavyweight.  K-6 grade team events are for wrestlers in K-6 grade and wrestlers in K-6 are eligible to wrestle at any weight class.  So, it is possible for a Kindergartner to wrestle a 6th grader.  Wrestle-offs at each class will occur during closed practices to determine our most competitive K-6th grade tournament team 

Q.  Can I help coach at practice? 

A.  YES!  We are always in need of more help, especially with the Preschool-2nd grade practice, but the 3rd-6th graders also could use more coaches as well.  Even if you have little or no experience with wrestling, you will be able to help most beginning wrestlers.  Coaches typically demonstrate how to perform the moves and then have the children work with a partner to practice the moves.  Often just having extra hands to keep the youngest wrestlers on task is helpful.