Team Descriptions

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Chaparral Wrestling Club is a local non-profit youth wrestling club that is dedicated to providing local youth (ages 5 - 18) opportunities for physical, mental, emotional, and social development through the sport of wrestling. The club is made up of the high school team and four different youth teams ranging from first year wrestlers to elite level kids that wrestle year round competing across the country.

To accomplish the goals of our athletes, we break down our youth club into four different teams - Advanced, Intermediate, Novice Red, and Novice Blue.

After reading the team descriptions below you will see that there is a lot of overlap in age and experience level between teams and that is intentional. Some kids may wrestle for 3-4 years before they are mentally and physically ready to advance and to begin competing. Others are ready after only a couple months in the room. Kids mature and develop at different rates and to get the most out of each kid we must remain flexible and adjust to each wrestler.  

**The decision on which team your wrestler is most qualified for and belongs on is determined by the CWC coaching staff. The input of the parent and the wrestler will be considered, but the ultimate decision on which team is best for your wrestler's development is made by coaching staff. Wrestlers will have the ability to advance teams and "test out" throughout the season based on how they progress. Many variables and factors will be considered in making the determination on which team each wrestler belongs on and whether they have mastered the skills necessary to advance team. The criteria and skills that we evaluate each wrestler on includes, but is not limited to: 

  • has the wrestler mastered the fundamental skills, techniques and movements required to advance to the next level
  • understanding of the rules of the sport
  • ability to pay attention and focus at practice
  • attitude on and off the mat
  • consistent attendance at practice
  • attention span
  • coachability
  • ability to be a good practice partner
  • emotional maturity level
  • ability to handle winning and losing
  • do they demonstrate respect at all times to coaches, parents, competitors and officials
  • ability to push themselves mentally and physically
  • availability of practice partners close to the same age and skill level 

You will notice that win/loss record is not considered in determining what team your child belongs on. At a young age aggression and athleticism can lead a child to a lot of success during competition. But as kids mature, their ability to have prolonged success is based on their ability to use proper technique, control their emotions, have good mat awareness, and develop muscle memory so that they react without thought. Our club focus is on having fun, instilling a passion for the sport of wrestling in young athletes, and developing your wrestler to be successful in high school and beyond. We have little concern for wins and losses at a young age and our decision which team to place your child will have nothing to do with a win/loss record.

 

ADVANCED TEAM

The Advanced Team is for the most experienced and highest level wrestlers who compete in the advanced bracket of Peak 2 Peak tournaments, who are willing to travel out-of-state to compete at national level tournaments, and who tend to train and practice all-year round. 

  • On average this group is for 10-14 year olds with 4+ years of wrestling experience and those who have graduated from the Intermediate Team

  • There may be a few rare 8-9 year old kids who belong in this group, but the majority of this team is comprised of 4th - 8th graders as this team requires an ability to focus and stay engaged for extended periods of time, extreme attention to detail, a demonstrated understanding and mastering of fundamental techniques, and the ability to push yourself mentally and physically outside of your comfort zone

  • This level is for kids willing to make the time commitment of wrestling 3-5 days per week

  • This team practices four days per week for 90-120 minutes each day. All Advanced team members are expected to attend at least 3 of the 4 practices each week

  • Advanced team members are strongly encouraged to attend off-season camps, practices, dual meets and participate in the Freestyle and Greco-Roman seasons

 

INTERMEDIATE TEAM

The Intermediate Team is for those kids with 2-4 years of wrestling experience, who routinely compete in the "B" bracket of Peak 2 Peak tournaments, who have not yet mastered the fundamentals of the sport, but who are competing regularly, and showing continued growth and development. 

  • On average this group is for 8-14 year olds with 2-4 years of wrestling experience and those who have graduated from the Novice Red Team

  • There may be a few rare 6-7 year old kids who belong in this group, but the majority of this team is comprised of 3rd - 6th graders as this team requires the ability to focus, pay attention to details and to understand the importance of being a good partner

  • This is the level where we will begin preparing the kids to take that next step in terms of competition and success on the mat

  • Kids will be pushed to test their comfort limits and expand their wrestling arsenal at this level. However, there will remain a strong focus on technique, fundamentals, muscle memory and mat awareness at this level

  • This team practices two days per week for 75-105 minutes each day. Some kids on this team may be invited to participate with the Advanced team on occasion as well

  • Kids at this level will be encouraged to compete as much as they feel comfortable with and with a goal of getting at least 25-30 matches in during the season

  • Intermediate wrestlers are encouraged to participate in off-season work (practices, camps, Freestyle/Greco Roman) to help with their continued development 

 

NOVICE RED TEAM

The Novice Red Team is for those kids with 1-3 years of wrestling experience, who routinely compete in the "C" bracket of Peak 2 Peak tournaments, have not yet mastered the fundamentals of the sport, and have just begun or would like to begin light competition.

  • On average this group is for 6-10 year olds with 1-2 years of wrestling experience and those who have graduated from the Novice Blue Team

  • The majority of this team is comprised of 1st - 4th graders as this team requires an increased ability to focus, increased body awareness and the ability to begin mastering basic technique

  • This is the level where we will begin preparing kids for light competition and to control their emotions while competing

  • Light competition at SSWL duals, SSWL Sunday tournaments and a handful of Peak to Peak tournaments will be supported, but not required

  • Slightly more advanced technique will be covered in this group as well as reinforcing the technique previously covered and mastered in the Blue Group. There will remain a strong focus on basic technique, fundamentals, muscle memory and mat awareness at this level

  • This team practices two days per week for 50 minutes each day

 

NOVICE BLUE TEAM

The Novice Blue Team is for those kids with 0-2 years of wrestling experience, who have rarely or have never competed, and are just being introduced to the sport and physical contact.

  • On average this group is for 5-8 year olds with little to no wrestling experience and are just being introduced to sport and structured activities

  • The majority of this team is comprised of K - 1st grade as this team is comprised of our youngest kids who often struggle with paying attention or focusing for extended periods of time 

  • This is the level where we will begin introducing kids to physical contact, the basic rules of the sport and very basic wrestling technique and body movements

  • Participants on this team will be discouraged from weekend competition and instead we will focus on having fun and working toward graduating to the Novice Red Team

  • Most of the technique and instruction will center around wrestling related body movements and skills and we will play different games to incorporate those skills and movements 

  • This team practices two days per week for 50 minutes each day

 

If you have questions about why the coaching staff is recommending your wrestler be on a certain team, please reach out to Coach Becker with questions or concerns. Just keep in mind that the team your wrestler starts the season on may not be where the team they end the season with. It is our goal and hopefully the wrestler’s goal to move up a team level as the season progresses.

Also, if you belong on one team but cannot make those practice dates or times work in your schedule, please reach out to Coach Becker. It is our goal to ensure every kid who wants to wrestle has the opportunity to do so. We are simply breaking the club into different teams (levels) to offer a better experience to each kid ensuring that what we are teaching every day is applicable to all and that no one is being left behind.


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