FAQs

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The Program

When does our season start?
Our Winter season starts the first week in November and will go until middle of March. Our Spring season starts the beginning of April and will go until the middle of June.

When will the schedule be out?
We wrestle in multiple leagues. Each league schedule is usually available around the middle to end of December.

When do we receive t-shirt and shorts?
Once I receive a near complete registration roster we will get your child’s sizes and place an order. You should have the shorts and t-shirt prior to our first league tournament in January. I say should because it will depend on the supply and turn around of the vendor.

When will we receive our singlet?
Our program has several stock (plain navy blue) singlets available. If we have your child’s size he will receive one prior to the first tournament. If we do not have his size we will order one for him. Once the custom singlets are delivered you will trade the stock singlet for the custom singlet that you purchase.

When do I have to register by?
You should register your child once you are certain that your child is committed to wrestling for the season. To take advantage of Early registration ($200 sports fee) you need to register your child by December 1. After December 1 the registration fee will be $230.

Do you use Prince George’s County Boys and Girls Club “yellow cards”?
No, we do not use the yellow cards that the Prince Georges County Boys and Girls Club uses. Each child will be required to obtain a USA Wrestling Card, which cost between $15 (Beginner) – $40 (Advanced).

How do I get a USA Wrestling Card for my child?
You can purchase a USA Wrestling Card from here.

Are your coaches certified?
Our coaching staff is made up of former high school / collegiate wrestlers and parent volunteers. All coaches have acquired an ASEP Youth Wrestling certificate. Additionally, all coaches have passed a USA Wrestling background check.

How many days do we practice?
Our program practices 2 – 3 days a week at Frederick Douglass HS located at 8000 Croom Road, Upper Marlboro, MD 20772

Beginners: Experienced:
0 – 2 yrs experience 3+ yrs experience
Grades K4 – 3 Grades 4 – 8
Practices are every Mon. & Thur. 7 – 8 pm Practices are every Mon., Thur., Fri. 7 – 8:30 pm

Is fundraising required?
Yes, it is necessary for each family to participate in fundraising. We will provide each family with an option of selling the fundraising item, or a monetary contribution. In past seasons our fundraiser have been extremely successful and simple to do.

Cost

What are the fees associated with the program?
Sports Fee: $200 per child (uniform, t-shirt, shorts included, and league fees), multiple child discount available ($10 off each child)
USA Wrestling Card: $15 – $40, See Commissioner Allen for details.
Shoes: $30 – $50
Headgear: $25 – $35
Mouthpiece (optional): ~$10, Athletic Supporter (optional): ~25

What happens to the money I spend on the sports fee ($200.00)?
$70 is paid to our wrestling league fees for the wrestlers
$90  is spent on uniform, t-shirt, and shorts which are provided by the wrestling program.
$20 is used for equipment, supplies and other items needed to operate our program
$20 goes to MBGC Sports Fund

Apparel

Where can I purchase wrestling equipment (shoes, headgear, etc.)
Shoes and headgear are usually available at Dicks Sporting Goods (Crofton and Waldorf are probably closes), and sometimes Modell’s. They can also be purchased from wrestling magazines, and via Internet (Online stores).

Do we offer apparel for parents, t-shirts, bags, etc, and when is money due?
Yes, we will offer Fan Apparel: t-shirts, hoodies, etc. Prices are TBD. I should know the prices by the first week in December.

Wrestling Etiquette

Can my son wear his wrestling shoes while in the car?
No, wrestling shoes should only be worn while on the wrestling mat, they should not be worn outside unless they have protective bottoms (cleat skins) on them.

Does my child need to wear a mouthpiece or athletic supporter (cup)?
Mouthpieces and athletic supporters are optional. Some children find them to cause discomfort while wrestling. The decision to use/wear these items shall be made between the parent and wrestler.

Can my son wear athletic glasses while wrestling?
I have to get clarification from the referees on this question. Some referees allow it, while others don’t. I will try to have an answer prior to our first tournament.

My child has long hair, what do I need to do about it?
Your child will be required to wrap his hair using an item of your choice. Such as a stocking cap, or any wrap that will keep his hair wrapped.

Volunteering

How can I help?
First and foremost I need you to maintain a positive attitude toward your child’s participation in the sport. Please understand this is new for most kids, so there is a learning curve. I need you to remain positive, encourage them, and support them even when they have not performed their best.

Do we accept parent volunteers?
We do accept parent volunteers. For more information contact Commissioner Allen 240.479-4449.

Tournaments

Will my child wrestle more experienced children?
There are some tournaments where your child will wrestle kids that are more experienced than him. Experience by itself does not make a wrestler successful. The hard work and dedication of a child is what makes him successful. We have seen numerous first year wrestlers have a lot of success in our program.

Where do tournaments take place?
Most league tournaments take place on Saturday mornings at various schools in the Southern Maryland area including Prince George’s County, Charles County, St. Mary’s County and Calvert County. Some tournaments may also be held on Sunday’s.

What days are tournaments?
Our league tournaments are usually on Saturdays; and some tournaments may be on a Sunday.

How are the children paired up?
In some novice (beginner) tournaments that we will participate in children are paired based on age, weight, and experience. In our league tournaments children are paired based on age / weight.

Can my child participate in wrestling and another sport at the same time during this wrestling season?
The short answer is NO. Although we have had children participate in both sports at the same time, my experience has been that children that do this are not successful at wrestling and therefore do not have a good experience. Often the practices and tournaments/games will conflict and usually the child and parent decide to attend basketball because it is a “team sport” and therefore they forgo wrestling. I encourage parents to speak with their child and assist them in deciding which sport they will participate in during the winter season.

How long are the tournaments?
Tournaments usually last 2 – 5 hours. It really depends on how well the tournament is organized and how well your child does. The more he wins the more he wrestles.

How many times will my child wrestle at a tournament?
The majority of tournaments that we will participate in are double elimination tournaments; therefore your child will wrestle a minimum of 2 times. The more your child wins the more he will wrestle. Your child will usually wrestle no more than 4 times in a given tournament.

Will wrestling make my child aggressive?
Although a certain level of aggression is needed in any competitive sport, wrestling does not necessarily make your child aggressive. Some children are naturally more aggressive than others, however all children have the chance to be successful in wrestle through hard work, dedication, and practice.

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