Last Updated: August 7, 2017 

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Vipers Orange Crush - Off-Season Wrestling 

**Updated 8/2/17 - Summer schedule for Off Season Wrestling

Practices at Crazy 88 on Tuesdays are no longer running during the month of August. 

Practices will resume on 9/6 at Hammond HS and 9/7 at Oakland Mills HS

Orange crush meets at Hammond HS and OMHS from March to June and then September to Late October.  The summer months at Crazy 88 are a bonus when we get the space. This year it will be at Crazy 88 1 day a week during the months of June-July.

 

  • Minimum age:  6
  • Max age:  18

  • Cost:  $99 from March to late October

  • Cost:  $50 from September to late October
  • Description:  Learn valuable skills and techniques while participating in the Vipers Orange Crush – Off Season Wrestling.   This program offers an opportunity for beginner and intermediate wrestlers to participate and get ready for next season.  Practices go until the end of the school year and then resume again in September. Practices follow the Howard County Schools Calendar, so if schools are closed, there is NO practice.

     

    **THEY CAN ATTEND EITHER LOCATION ONCE THEY REGISTER FOR 1. 

  • Mondays and Thursdays at Oakland Mills HS – Auxiliary Gym
  • Start:  9/7/17
  • End: Late October
  • 7:00-8:00pm
  • Head Coach – Brad Howell & Bobby Farace

 

  • Mondays & Wednesdays at Hammond HS – Wrestling Room
  • Start: 9/6/17
  • End:  Late October
  • 7:00-8:00pm
  • Head Coach – Will Yeo


When schools are closed to students and teachers, there is no practice but when schools are closed for students but open to teachers, we hold practice.  If you look at a school calendar from the Howard County Public Schools Website, you will notice there are many days in which kids do not have schools because of professional learning days and it says schools closed for students.
Schools closed for students – We practice
Schools and Offices Closed – No practice

 

Wrestling In-Season starts in November and runs through February. 

Registration is open. 

WE WILL UPDATE PRACTICE LOCATIONS, DAYS, AND TIMES ON THE WEBSITE AND SEND OUT AN EMAIL ONCE CONFIRMED. (THEY ARE NOT CONFIRMED FOR THIS YEAR AS WE ARE WAITING ON COACHES AVAILABILITY AND PERMITS FROM SCHOOLS) I LISTED TENTATIVE SITES BELOW, SO DURING REGISTRATION YOU CAN SIMPLY NOTE PREFERENCES. 

DURING REGISTERING YOUR CHILD FOR WRESTLING YOU WILL BE ASKED THE QUESTIONS BELOW SO PLEASE BE PREPARED

  • Clinic, Rec, Travel Questions…

  1. Apparel Size:  Shirt Size, Short Size  (Sizes tend to run a little small)
  2. Estimated Weight, height and experience:  Please list
  3. Volunteer Coach:  Are you interested in being a volunteer coach?  Yes/No
  4. If yes please list full name, phone number, email address

Rec Wrestling Question for Team Selection…

  1. Tentative Practice Locations First Preference:
  2. Tentative Practice Locations Second Preference:

Clinic -  

    • 4 to 8 year olds
    • Beginner, non- competitive
    • Practice one night a week
    • Basic Skills, fun and games
    • 1 to 2 events and a match at the end of the year
    • Season runs from - Nov 14, 2017 - Feb 17, 2018
    • Practice Locations Last Year (NOT CONFIRMED FOR THIS YEAR) Atholton HS (Thursdays), Howard HS (Mondays)
    • Practice time is generally 6-7pm, or 6:30-7:30pm

    • Detailed explanation on each level of wrestling is below

 

Recreational –

    • 6 to 15 year olds
    • Beginner and Intermediate, semi-competitive
    • Practice 2 nights a week
    • 6 to 8 teams – geographically
    • Feed into area high schools
    • Coaches meet once a week to determine fair match-ups
    • Season runs from - Nov 13, 2017 - Feb 17, 2018
    • Meets/ tournaments are held on Saturdays
    • Tentative Practice Locations for this year:   Atholton HS, Glenelg HS, Hammond HS, Howard HS, Long Reach HS, Marriott’s Ridge HS, Oakland Mills HS, Reservoir HS, Wild Lake HS
    • We will not know the practice days of the week until we confirm coaches’ availabilities and schedules. This will be early October
    • Detailed explanation on each level of wrestling is below  

Advanced / Travel –

    • 7 to 16 year olds
    • Advanced, competitive
    • Practice 3 nights week:  M, W, F
    • Half the events are team events (dual meets or dual meet tournaments) and half the events are individual tournaments. 
    • Traveling out of state is optional and very rare, if any options are out of state they are to PA, DE, VA
    • Meets/ tournaments are held on Saturdays or Sundays
    • Season Runs from November 1, 2017 - March 1, 2018
    • Detailed explanation on each level of wrestling is below

 

 

Extra Detailed Information on each level of wrestling – From experienced Coaches

 

 CLINIC TO REC

 

The clinic program is designed as an introduction to the sport of wrestling.  The participants will learn very basic and fundamental moves in a non-competitive environment.  One year at a clinic level is sufficient for a wrestler when being introduced to the sport of wrestling.  Your wrestler has either already participated at the clinic level already or is at the age where it is recommended he/she move up to the recreation level where they can participate in a semi-competitive environment and gain a better knowledge of the sport of wrestling.  This is only a recommendation and we leave it to the parent to make the decision when their wresters are ready to move up to the next level. 

 

 REC TO TRAVEL/ ADVANCED

 

We would like to take a minute to explain the differences between REC and Travel wrestling within the VIPER program so that we may ensure that your wrestler is competing at the appropriate level. VIPER Rec is by far the best incubator for youth wrestling in the State of Maryland. Rec offers superior coaching and competition for beginning to intermediate wrestlers. Our "travel" program is more geared towards teaching your wrestler the skills to succeed in High School and beyond.  The term "travel" is often misunderstood as travel programs in other sports can place a difficult burden on families. We have discussed changing "travel" to just "advanced". We practice 3 nights per week and have tournament and dual meet options on the weekends. We approach competition like a buffet, pick and choose what works for your family's needs. Wrestlers are only required to compete in two separate dual meets over the course of the season to be eligible for the end of year tournament. Most tournaments are within a 45-minute drive. We usually "travel" twice per year, this year likely to Delaware (30 minutes from Salisbury) and either Pennsylvania or Virginia. Again, these are optional tournaments. We do not participate in tournaments that require an overnight stay. Coaches recommend that ANY 7th or 8th grader should be moved to travel, including beginning wrestlers. We've had great success with beginners who have started at travel because of older siblings being part of the program. If your child intends on wrestling in High School, we would like to see them at travel. Further, any wrestler who consistently placed in REC tournaments should consider moving up. All our "ALL-STARS" should be wrestling travel. This is only a recommendation and we leave it to the parent to make the decision when their wresters are ready to move up to the next level. 

 

 

For more information or details:

Please contact Amy Patton at apatton@howardcountymd.gov or 410-313-4718.  

Registering for programs

Please visit our website at www.howardcountymd.gov/RAP and click on ‘Register Now!’. You will need to create an online account which can take up to 24 hours to be approved. Once approved, you will be able to register online for Howard County Recreation & Parks programs.

Or you can call and register over the phone at 410-313-7275.

 

 

Coaches Needed

Interested in coaching youth wrestling? This is an opportunity to get involved and make a difference in your community.  Contact Todd DelTufo for questions and details about coaching at 410-961-3942 or tdeltufo@verizon.net. You can also contact Amy Patton with Howard County Recreation and Parks, and she will walk you through the steps needed to get certified. Amy can be reached at 410-313-4718 or apatton@howardcountymd.gov.

Inclement Weather Line

Inclement weather line for Howard County Parks and Recs programs (and all HCW events)is 410-313-4451. Call this number if you have questions about practice or a match/tournament being cancelled due to inclement weather.

Gary Author Community Center at Glenwood inclement weather line is 410-313-4452. If event is at Glenwood Community Center, call this number to make sure gym is open. We can't wrestle if the facility is closed.