Introduction - Welcome to the Badger Youth Wrestling Club. The primary purpose of Badger Youth Wrestling Club is to provide area youths with an organization focused on teaching the fundamentals of the sport depending on each child’s level of skill & experience. We want every child to have a rewarding & fun experience that creates a positive feeling about themselves & the sport of wrestling.
Practice Groups - Badger Youth Wrestling Club has different practice groups, which are established to serve every child’s needs. The group your child is placed in will depend on age, experience, & skill level. It is important that each wrestlers needs are being met & that we are not progressing to fast or to slow for any one child. Practices will be 1 ½ hours in length & will include a warm-up & some cardiovascular, skills & drills, live wrestling, & for the younger groups, games.
Tournaments – During the season there are various tournaments held throughout the State on almost every Saturday & Sunday. As a club, we participate in many of the tournaments that take place in our region as well as our own tournament, which is normally held the first Saturday in March. While you can attend any tournament you wish, the club is only guaranteeing to have coaches present at the area tournaments we attend as a club. The typical tournament requires your child to be present in the morning for weigh ins & wrestling will begin mid-morning with all matches concluding by early afternoon. Most tournament formats guarantee you child at least three matches. The brackets are all broken down based on age & weight of the participating wrestlers. Most of our area tournaments will have hundreds of participants, which allows them to ensure that all wrestlers in one bracket are very similar in weight, & are guaranteed to be of the same age group.
What to Expect at Tournaments – If & how many tournaments your child wrestles will be determined by you the Parent. Very few beginner wrestlers experience instant success, especially if they are joining the sport at an older age. Most tournaments try to take experience into account, but this is not always possible. Win or lose, your reaction is the most important factor in how your child will react. Losing a wrestling match for a young child can more traumatic than a loss in a team oriented sport. If your child knows that regardless of the results you are proud of him/her for simply having the courage to compete & you focus on the positives it will make the tournament experience more rewarding. We can’t emphasize enough that many of our Country’s top wrestlers did not experience success in this sport right off the bat. Make sure your expectations are realistic & remember they are kids!
Wrestling Styles – There are three primary styles of amature wrestling: Folksyle, Freestyle, & Greco-Roman. Folkstyle is the primary American style & the style Badger Youth Wresting Club will focus on. We do encourage our wrestlers to gain experience in all of the styles are they progress in the sport.
Equipment & Dress – For Club practices shorts, clean tennis shoes, & a t-shirt,are all that we require. We do strongly encourage any of our full club members to have a pair of wrestling shoes & wear their club issued head gear. For Tournaments the Club provides a singlet & head gear although a fully refunded deposit is required.
Code of Conduct – Badger Youth Wrestling Club expects our members to always exhibit respect & sportsmanship towards coaches, other members, & of course competitors. While we understand that young children have limited attention spans we do expect our members to pay attention & follow instructions. We reserve the right to revoke the membership of any wrestler who we feel is hurting the ability of the coaches to conduct a normal productive practice.
We expect all Parents to also exhibit respect & sportsmanship at all times. We understand that watching your child wrestle in a live match can be an intense experience, but how you react & is not only important for your child, but a reflection on the club.