Scholastic Program
About the CWC

The Cavalier Wrestling Club Scholastic program is an amateur wrestling club based out of Charlottesville, VA that provides a safe, supportive, competitive, and fun environment for young athletes to learn the sport of wrestling. More experienced athletes are able to interact with and learn from some of the best coaches/athletes in the country and we foster a fun and exciting introduction to the sport for beginning wrestlers. We are proud to offer several seasonal sessions as well as various camps throughout the year for K-12 wrestlers in central VA region. The goal is to teach life lessons, such as teamwork, discipline, courage, humility and a healthy lifestyle, through sport.

Organization

We are a 501(C)3 non-profit with a functioning board that consists of parents, coaches and others who want to see our organization succeed. The CWC is a sanctioned USA Wrestling club.

Session Offerings

The primary three month wrestling session takes place in the Winter, where there are typically 2-4 opportunities to train/learn/compete a week, depending on the wrestlers level and desire to participate in competitions. New wrestlers are encouraged to start in the Winter session. The CWC typically will offer two month sessions in the Spring and Fall where there are two opportunities to train/learn a week. Additionally, there are often a variety of camp offerings throughout the year that are typically tailored to help wrestlers prepare for the season or a competition opportunity. See the registration links or web-schedule for detailed information on a specific session/camp.

Levels

The CWC welcomes scholastic wrestlers ranging from K-12. We host a Pee-Wee Program (roughly K-1), Elementary Program (roughly 2-5), Middle School Program (6-8), and High School Students (9-12).

Location

The CWC is proud to be able to offer our youth wrestlers the exciting opportunity to train at the UVa Wrestling room (Onesty Hall), with some sessions offered at local schools. Local competitions are typically scheduled in the Charlottesville area with other competition opportunities throughout VA.

When do you recommend that I start wrestling?

The CWC welcomes K-12 athletes. Athletes that are new to wrestling are encouraged to start during the Winter session.

What program/level should I sign up for?

We host a Pee-Wee Program (roughly K-1), Elementary Program (roughly 2-5), Middle School Program (6-8), and High School Students (9-12). Contact one of our coaches if you have questions about the program that is the best fit.

What will I need for wrestling?

Most importantly is a good attitude, willingness to learn, and respect for you coaches/fellow wrestlers. Additionally, you will need the following:

  • - USA Wrestling Card – MANDATORY
  • Head-gear
  • Wrestling shoes
  • Singlet (optional)
  • Knee pads (optional)
What is USA Wrestling?

USA Wrestling is the national Olympic governing body for wrestling in America. CWC is one of approximately 3,500 USAW sanctioned wrestling clubs. All CWC members are required to become a member of USA Wrestling. Additionally, the CWC requires that coaches (and ANY volunteers that will be on the mat with the kids) obtain a USAW Coaches card; the process by which to get this card includes a background check by USAW. The CWC is committed to providing a safe environment for our wrestlers by ensuring that the adults that are interacting with our young athletes are certified by this process.

What does a typical practice look like?

Practices will vary for the different program levels but are typically 1-2 h. The CWC Scholastic Program Director and coaches have put together a set program targeted to each program level. Typically practice will include: warm-ups, stretching, learning new technique and reviewing previously shown technique, live wrestling with practice partners, conditioning, and even mat games for fun! These practices aim to help the wrestler learn and improve, but also are structured to keep the fun and focus of the sport intact. These key ingredients are scaled to the different program levels and skill levels of the athletes.

What are the opportunities to compete?

The CWC offers (non-mandatory) opportunities to compete via dual matches with other local Charlottesville-area wrestling clubs. There are also numerous tournaments offered in central VA area and around the state (a listing can be found at http://www.virginiawrestling.com/page/show/980380-tournaments). Of note, there are both standard tournaments and “Rookie” tournaments that are targeted to wrestlers with less than 2 years of experience. The CWC typically attends 1-2 of these tournaments as a team but encourages and will try to support individuals or small groups of wrestlers that want additional opportunities to compete.

What to expect at a tournament/competition?

Every tournament/dual competition is run differently but on average they range from 2h to all day, where a wrestler can expect 2-6 matches. Young athletes are often matched based on weight, size, and experience. Reach out to CWC coaches if you have specific questions.

How is wrestling scored?

  • 2 points are awarded for a takedown. This is when a wrestler takes his opponent to the mat and is in a top position with control over his opponent.
  • 1 point is awarded for an escape. This is when a wrestler who escapes to his feet from the bottom position and his opponent no longer has control of him.
  • 2 points are awarded for a reversal. This is when a wrestler who is in the bottom position is able to switch to the top position and gain control of his opponent.
  • 2-3 points are awarded for back points. Back points are when a wrestler who has control of his opponent and turns his opponent’s shoulder blades to be less than 90 degrees from the mat. The ref then starts counting seconds that the wrestler holds his opponent there. After 2 seconds, the wrestler will be awarded 2 back points, but it takes 5 seconds to be awarded 3 back points.
  • There are two ways to end the match prematurely. The first way is called a pin and is when the wrestler holds his opponents shoulder blades flat to the mat for 2 seconds. The second way is called a technical fall and is when the wrestler is winning the match by 15 points. This is like a slaughter rule.
How do I get better and improve to the next level in wrestling?

Just like any sport there is a natural progression that occurs in wrestling. The best place to start is in youth wrestling. Here you learn the fundamentals of the sport and develop a foundation of knowledge and experience from which to build. As you continue to build this knowledge and experience, the next level is middle school wrestling, then high school wrestling, then college wrestling, and lastly USA wrestling in an Olympic and world setting. Just like every sport, you cannot just practice to get better, you have to compete. This involves participating in tournaments and wrestling in matches. Tournaments are held all around the country. Some are optional and some last all day, but the key is getting match time experience you only can get when you compete.

Athlete Conduct

We feel it is important that we our young wrestlers operate in a respectful manner; this is expected at both practices and competitions. Specifically, respecting the coach by listening during instruction and attempting the drills. Respecting the wrestling facilities by following the rules and using equipment in the proper manner. Respecting your fellow wrestlers by being a good partner and not distracting others as they try to learn from and listen to coaches.

The sport of wrestling is exciting and fun. The CWC will scale the sessions to ensure they are age appropriate keep the all age kids engaged. However it is important that the young athletes learn to respect the rules, coaching staff, and their peers so that we can ensure a safe, fun, and informative experience for all of our athletes.

Athletes In Need

The CWC does not want a difficult financial situation to deter families from the opportunity to have their children have fun and learn the life lessons inherent to wrestling. If such a difficulty exists please reach out to the CWC personnel so that we can work with you to enable this opportunity for your child.

Parent Involvement

We encourage and appreciate parent involvement in the CWC, this is particularly important for the Pee-Wee and young Elementary wrestlers who may need extra assistance. However, to ensure the safety of our athletes we ask that any parent that wants to assist on the mat will (1) coordinate with and reinforce the techniques being taught by the CWC staff, (2) ensure that they have a USA Wrestling coaches card (which can be obtained for relatively low fee and requires that USAW performs a background check), and (3) that you speak with the CWC staff prior to assisting.

Spectator Conduct During Practice

We encourage parents to enjoy watching their children learn and grow as wrestlers during practice. However, we ask that parents will please refrain from loud conversations and other distracting activities during practice. Wrestling rooms can be hectic with the coaching and drilling, as such additional distractions can deleteriously influence the ability of the athletes to focus and learn. We also respectfully ask for the same quiet and non-distracting behavior from younger siblings.

Concussion Policy

Parents are urged to take their child out of any athletic activity immediately and obtain prompt medical attention if they suspect that the child has sustained a concussion. This is true both in practice and during competition. Following the policies of local high schools, the CWC reserves the right to remove a child out of CWC affiliated athletic activity immediately upon a suspicion of a concussion. In these scenarios the decision of the coach is final regardless of the wishes of the parent or child to continue.