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News

Gaithersburg Sports Association (GSA) sponsors an instructional (intramural) wrestling league with emphasis on sportsmanship, fun, and learning basic wrestling skills. Wrestling season for our league starts in November and goes through February.  In November 2020 we will begin our 33rd season.  Anyone between 7 and 14 years old is eligible to participate in intramural wrestling. Beginners are welcome. We will teach you how to wrestle.

If you have any questions, please call Bob Christin at (202) 361-5514 or email bob_christin@hotmail.com.




Practice

Our 2019-292 season has been completed.  The first practice for the 2020-2021 season will be on November 5, 2020.  Team practices are twice a week, every Tuesday and Thursday from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. at the Capital Wrestling Club facility at 16740 Oakmont Avenue.  (To get to the practice facility turn onto Oakmont Avenue from Shady Grove Road. Turn left at the long driveway immediately past the iCare K9 sign. The practice facility is the last building on the left.)

Wrestlers should wear T-shirts, gym shorts, and sneakers or wrestling shoes to practice.

Parents are always welcome and encouraged to watch practice. Please don't wear street shoes on the wrestling mat, though.


Girls Practices

Both boys and girls participate in our Tuesday/Thursday team practices and in weekend competitions.  However, we also hold a separate girls-only practice on Wednesdays at Gaithersburg High School. There is no charge for these practices. They are open to any girl who holds a USA Wrestling membership. 

Women's wrestling has been an Olympic sport since 1994. Girls wrestling is now the fastest growing sport in the country. Girls high school wrestling grew by over 27 percent last year. Twenty one high school state associations (including Maryland) now approve some form of official girls wrestling programs. 



Competition

Our team will compete in wrestling meets with other intramural-level teams on weekends in January and February. Meets are sponsored by the Montgomery Youth Wrestling League (MYWL) and will be held at a local high school. Wrestlers will also be encouraged to compete in several novice tournaments that are held in our area during the season.

There will be a tournament for all the teams in our league on the third weekend in February. 

Once the season begins, you can view a complete schedule of events by clicking on the Calendar link on the left side of this page.

 


Registration

We start accepting registrations for the coming season after Labor Day.

You can download and print a registration form by clicking "handouts" on the left side of this page. Mail the completed form and a check for the registration fee to: Bob Christin, P.O. Box 360, Washington Grove, MD 20880.

The registration fee is $170 for the season (with a maximum fee of $340 for families with more than one wrestler). Checks for registration should be made payable to Gaithersburg Sports Association.


USA Wrestling

Wrestlers will need to join USA Wrestling, the national governing body for wrestling in the United States. The membership card is required by the league for insurance. You can buy a "Limited Folksyle" membership card for $15 from the USA Wrestling website at https://www.usawmembership.com.


Equipment

We will supply a wrestling uniform and headgear to be returned at the end of the season. Wrestlers need to bring their own shoes (though we do have a limited supply of used shoes).

If you have braces, the rules require that you wear a mouthpiece. You can get one from your dentist or get an inexpensive one from any sporting goods store

You can buy wrestling shoes at most sporting goods stores, though they may have a limited number in kids' sizes; so it pays to get there early in the season. You can also get shoes online.

There is no reason to buy the more expensive shoes since the kids outgrow them in a year. (We are grateful for any contributions of wrestling shoes you have outgrown. We'll pass them on.) If you don't want to buy wrestling shoes, you can use ordinary tennis shoes,but please keep them only for wrestling. To keep the mat sanitary, street shoes should never be worn on a wrestling mat.


League Weigh Ins

Wrestlers weigh in during the first week of December before the beginning of competition and again just before the February tournament. These are our only two weigh-ins. If you enter a non-league tournament, though, that tournament will have its own weigh in. GSA wrestlers are not encouraged to lose weight.

In our MYWL league competition, wrestlers are matched based on their age, weight, and experience. 



MSWA Novice Tournaments

Maryland State Wrestling Association (MSWA) sponsors tournaments for first, second and third year wrestlers. These tournaments are an excellent chance for new wrestlers to compete against others of the same age and experience.

Wrestlers are put in groups of four and wrestle a round robin; so everyone gets three matches. Groups finish about two hours from the time they start.

Tournament information will be posted under "Handouts" to the left of this page.


Summer Wrestling Camps

 

Bullis Wrestling Camp

www.bullis.org/page.cfm?p=1405 

 

Tony Howard Sports Camp at Gaithersburg High School

https://www.wrestlingsportscamp.com/ 

 


Why Wrestle?