Welcome to SYA Wrestling – Home of the “Matdogs”!
The SYA youth wrestling program is designed to teach youth (males & females) grades K-8 “Folkstyle” wrestling, the form of wrestling used in High School and College.
SYA offers a beginner’s wrestling program, as well as the opportunity to transition to more advanced wrestling. The goal is to give wrestlers a solid foundation in wrestling, and instill the values of good sportsmanship and character.
Wrestlers compete individually in the Northern Virginia Wrestling Federation (NVWF). Federation wrestlers compete with members of other local youth wrestling clubs, and are grouped by age, weight and experience level. Emphasis is placed on fun, safety, physical fitness and the development of proper wrestling techniques. No weight loss is required or encouraged. We have kids at all different ages, sizes, and levels of experience.
Matdogs wanting to take another step into competitive wrestling can enter “open” tournaments. Coaches will identify and travel to different areas of Virginia, Maryland, and Pennsylvania for tournaments that can be more challenging and offer different experiences.
Wrestling offers many opportunities to learn lessons about life. It can be physically and mentally demanding. Your weaknesses will be exposed and strengths revealed. There is a famous quote from former Olympic champion Dan Gable “Once you’ve wrestled, everything else in life is easy.” We support the complete development of the kids and help them learn balance both on and off the mat. We will praise your child’s success and help them learn from their failures. Wrestlers will learn about hard work and discipline. They will become mentally as well as physically stronger, and develop a self confidence that they will use throughout life.
Practice takes place at Westfield High School, weeknights beginning in November. Weekly competitions begin in mid-December and continue through the first week of March. More details will be posted as they become available.
Introduction to Wrestling clinics at Top of the Podium
Top of the Podium a wrestling focused Non-Profit Organization in Sterling, is offering free “Introduction to Wrestling” practices that are a great way to learn about and try out the “world’s oldest sport.” They teach kids scoring and rules, as well as demonstrate real wrestling. But that’s not all! The participants will get to see what a typical youth wrestling practice is really like. Warmups, learning moves, and of course, live wrestling!
You’ll just need to sign a waiver at the door. Parents are welcome to stay and watch. If you like it, you’ll be able to register with SYA at http://syasports.org/register before wrestling season begins in early November!
RSVP is not necessary, just show up in athletic clothing (no belts, zippers, jewelry). Boys and girls ages 6-14 are welcome!
NVWF Dates and Locations
The schedule has not been release for the 2017-18 season yet, once received we will post it here.
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