2018-2019 Program Information

Registration:

Registration will run through November 10th, 2018 and is open to all boys and girls grades kindergarten through 8th grade. Late registrations are accepted on an as available basis.

Program Cost:

Registration fees are $30 through October 

ENROLL EARLY AND SAVE 70% over last year’s tuition of $100
Fees cover the cost of t-shirts, insurance, facility costs.

Scholarships may be available for those who qualify. Check with the Littleton Parks and Recreation Department for details.

Although we practice together, our Program consists of 2 levels:

1) Recreational: Kids who are trying the sport as an activity but are uncertain about participating in the competition. Participation includes weekly practice, optional team scrimmages and novice tournaments. Competition is always optional.

2) Competition: Kids who want to compete in wrestling. Will be invited to wrestle at tournaments, scrimmages, and dual meet competition.

No experience necessary! All wrestlers will need the following equipment: wrestling shoes, headgear, a pair of black shorts, and the provided Littleton Youth Wrestling t-shirt.

Practices
Wrestlers should wear clean wrestling shoes and headgear for practices. Clean shoes are essential as the kids will be rolling around on the mats and any grit brought in by dirty shoes is a hazard for wrestling. For this reason, wrestling shoes should not be worn outdoors. LYW t-shirts will be provided with your registration. Do not wear clothing with zippers, snaps, or other metal attachments to practices or competition as these pose a safety risk. Please make sure to label all articles of clothing and equipment.
We encourage parents to help with practices.

NO WRESTLING OR COACHING EXPERIENCE NECESSARY! If you want to volunteer to be a coach, PLEASE ask– we are happy to have you. We need help most before and after practice as we need to set up and break down the mats.
Wrestlers for both groups need to be ready to start practice (appropriate clothing, clean shoes on) at 5:30 PM.
***As always, snow days and school holidays can result in the facilities not being available. Alternative practice sites may be planned during school vacation periods when possible.

Practice:
Time: Monday and Wednesday: 5:30 to 7:00 PM Dates: November 5th, 2018 – February 6th, 2019 Location: Shaker Lane Gym, Shaker Lane Elementary School, Littleton, MA

If the front door is not open at Shaker Lane School, please enter in the back of the building.  The back door to the gym is across from our wrestling storage shed.  You will need to go up a small hill, near the baseball field.  If the door is closed please knock and we will open.   Be careful if there is Ice.


***Please note that these practices are suitable for ALL kids who want to learn/try the sport of wrestling. The coach may ask a participant to consider competition at one of the optional events listed below.

OPTIONAL EVENTS and WEIGHT CLASSES

Competitions
Throughout the season the advanced wrestlers of our team will be invited to attend several tournaments. These are often very large events, in which several hundred wrestlers compete. Such tournaments tend to be long day events (6 hours) in which kids are grouped by weight, age, and experience (to the extent known).
Weight Classes are custom made to suit competition
Typical Novice Age: (lbs), 40, 48, 54, 63, 69, 73, 77, 81, 86, 91, 97, 103, 111, 123, 138, 160 Typical Middle School Age: (lbs): 74, 81, 88, 94, 100, 106, 112, 118, 124, 130, 136, 143, 154, 169 , 188, 215, 250
Tournaments require separate entry fees that generally range between $10-20. Each participant pre-registers or pays at the door (depending on the tournament) individually. Many tournaments issue team awards, so it is important to have as many team members participating as possible.

Scrimmages
Scrimmages are a great way to get experience and some live action against teams from other towns. They are typically held on Saturday Mornings from 7 am – 10 am. Kids can wrestle as many matches as they like. They are not nearly as long as tournaments, so that you may enjoy the rest of your day. All our wrestlers (K-8), regardless of experience level have the option to participate in scrimmages. The amount of wrestling is per individual preference.
All scheduling and other detail of these events will be announced at practices and posted on our website.

Wrestling Gear
Wrestling is relatively inexpensive when it comes to the gear you NEED. If you’re just getting started, it’s good enough to just have a T-shirt, shorts, wrestling shoes and headgear for practice. You can purchase wrestling shoes at most sporting goods stores and they typically cost $15-$50. We will also have a shoe swap which will allow wrestlers to swap shoes with other members when they no longer fit.

Volunteers Wanted!
Littleton Youth Wrestling is an all-volunteer organization. We are much smaller than most of the other sporting programs in town but we are very active. We are currently looking for assistant coaches and volunteer board members. Being an assistant does not require you to have experience in wrestling, just a willingness to learn and help demonstrate some moves. All volunteers who interact with wrestlers need to complete a CORI form and turn it in to the Parks and Rec Department. (Click here to get a form and learn more). CORI form must be filled out in person at the Parks, Recreation and Community Education office. CORI forms CANNOT be faxed, emailed, or mailed. Board members are required to participate in board meetings and facilitate the working of the wrestling program. Even if you don’t know a takedown from a half-nelson (and don’t want to know) you can help make our program successful.

***All wrestlers and their families will be invited to an end of season Pizza Party in February, location and time TBD.

To keep the program healthy and financially stable, we will organize several fundraising events each season. We also welcome your active participation in all other aspects of the LYW organization. There will be many opportunities to help out and get involved during the course of the season. We appreciate your input and look forward to your involvement in making this a better program for all the kids!
President and Coach – James Kennedy
For more information contact us at jkennedy@mbateam.com or
Call my cell phone 978-590-1460

 Program objectives are:

  1. To support pro-social engagement of children around the sport of wrestling
  2. To provide one hour of physical activity including but not limited to running, falling, rolling, jumping, crawling, spinning, and actually wrestling with peers
  3. To teach children to appropriately engage with others around sport, follow multi-step directions, balance, flexibilty and coordination
  4. To build physical strength using various games, drills, and physical contact with other children

Needs:

  • Clean athletic shoes or wrestling shoes, t-shirt and shorts
  • No Jewelry
  • If braces are worn a mouth guard is required.

For questions regarding this program, please contact Coach James Kennedy at 978-590-1460

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