Last Updated: December 14, 2015
Dear Parents and Wrestlers,
Welcome to the Bulldog Wrestling Club at Churchill High School in Potomac, MD. We currently compete in the Maryland Youth Wrestling League. Our registration and first practice are on November 17, 2015 at 6pm. Our practices are every Tuesday and Thursday 6pm to 7:30pm.
New for this year, the Bulldog Wrestling Club hopes to begin an intermediate team comprised of our most experienced wrestlers from last year and new wrestlers who might be interested in participating at a higher level. Practices will be held on Mondays and Wednesdays at 6pm to 7:30pm at Churchill High School starting November 16. Legendary coach John Fitts will be the head coach.
The Bulldog Wrestling Club at Churchill High School began in 1994 as a way to teach kids between the ages of 6 and 14 basic wrestling skills. Beginners at any of those ages are welcome. We compete in the Maryland Youth Wrestling League which factors in the child's age as well as his or her weight for assignment to one of 27 weight classes. The goal of the Bulldog Wrestling Club is to introduce wrestling to kids in a positive and fun style. We emphasize that the kids show respect and good sportsmanship both to their teammates and to their opponents. We hope all wrestlers will improve their skills and their fitness, make new friends and enjoy the competition.
We practice on Tuesday and Thursday from 6:00 to 7:30 PM at Churchill High School starting November 17th. There is no practice when Montgomery County public schools are closed for holidays or snow days. The 2016 league competition begins Saturday January 9th with matches held at Walt Whitman High School for six weeks, ending February 14. Our team will be assigned varying start times of either 1:00 PM or 3:00 PM. A complete schedule will be posted before the season starts. All wrestlers will have a match every week and all wrestlers are eligible for the league's county wide tournament, which will be held at Whitman February 20. Top finishers in the county tournament are eligible to enter a four county regional tournament scheduled for February 21.
Our intermediate team comprised of our most experienced wrestlers from last year and new wrestlers will practices on Mondays and Wednesdays at 6pm to 7:30pm at Churchill High School starting November 16. This group will compete in a variety of tournaments on Saturday and Sunday.
All wrestlers must provide their own wrestling shoes both for practice and for the matches. The wrestling mat always is swabbed down with a disinfectant before use. There is a firm rule: never wear your street shoes on the mats and never wear your wrestling shoes on the streets. Bring them and change outside the practice room door. For practice, sweat shirts, sweat pants, T-shirts or shorts all work fine. Avoid baggy clothes because they can get tangled. Wrestling singlets, a team T-shirt and head gear to protect the ears are provided for the matches and included in your season fee. Wrestlers can wear the headgear at practice if they like.
Our head coach is Mark Para and he is assisted by Nick Haines, Zach Girod, Tom Massie, Steve Hertz, Mark Vendiitis, and Steve Cook. Six of the seven started their wrestling careers on the Bulldog Wrestling Club. The Club Director is Henry Higgins.
Only the referees at the matches and tournaments are paid. All the coaches and everyone else involved in running the league is a volunteer. Each club is assigned responsibility each week for a part of what it takes to hold the matches. This may mean arriving early to set up the mats, or running the scoring tables, or staying afterwards to put away the mats. The coaches will organize this but we look to the parents to help out. And don't worry if you aren't familiar with wrestling. We will teach you anything you need to know before you need to do it. (We are coaches, after all.) And you won't be stuck on the scoring table when you child is wrestling.
To see our wrestlers in action, click the "Wrestler Photos" link on the left Main Menu.
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If you don't plan on returning to the team this year, please let me know and I'll remove your name from the email list.
For those that are interested in some additional experience prior to the season end tournament, there are open and novice tournaments listed on the CAWL Home and MSWA Home links on the menu to the left. CAWL is the Capital Area Wrestling League that has a link to open tournaments some of which are for novices. MSWA is the Maryland Sate Wrestling Association that offers novice as well as state elementary and middle school tournaments.