The 2014-2015 season is about to start! We will have plenty of details at parent info night but here are a few highlights you may be interested in now.

Parent info night: Wednesday, October 8th, 6:00-7:30 PM at the Merrimack Middle School Gymnasium.  The kids will get a chance to “try-it-out” on the mat before you register so that you can see if the sport works for your child. Remember, this sport is for girls and boys.  Join us and get all of your questions answered

Registration:  9:00am to 11:00am on October 18th or 25th at the MYA building or at the parent info night on October 8th. If those dates cause a conflict, please contact the program director. He will make arrangements to get your child registered. Registration fee is $100 and includes a MYA Wrestling logo t-shirt and a $20 refundable deposit for the uniform.

Practices: We will have two squads.  Wrestlers are expected to arrive 15 mins prior to to practice to help setup the mats.  Wrestlers are also expected to help clean-up at the end of practice.  Practices start the week of November 4th and the season typically runs through the end of March.

  • Senior squad (grades 4-6) will practice Tuesdays & Thursdays, 6:30-8:00 PM at Thornton’s Ferry Elementary School and on Saturdays, 9:30-11:15 AM at Merrimack Middle School
  • Junior squad (grades K-3) will practice Wednesdays, 6:30-8:00 PM at Thornton’s Ferry Elementary School and on Saturdays, 9:30-11:15 AM at Merrimack Middle School
  • We will hold advanced technique clinics on Sundays, 10:00-11:00 AM at Merrimack Middle School until tournaments start.  These are optional practices and geared towards wrestlers who have mastered some of the basics and are ready to learn more advanced techniques.

Tournaments:  Tournaments start in December and are generally on Saturdays or Sundays.  Tournaments are usually from around 7:00 AM to around 5:00 PM depending on how well the tournament is run.  Entrance fees for each tournament is a responsibility of the parents.  Wrestlers are not required to compete in any tournaments and in fact, many junior wrestlers find the practices and the tournament-like “open mat” competitions to be very satisfying.

Fundraising: The income for our program is derived from registration fees, town funding, sponsors, and fundraising. Funds are used to cover the cost of insurance, equipment, uniforms, etc. We make every effort to keep fundraising that involves the participating families to a minimum. We do appreciate volunteers though so let us know if you are willing and we will help plug you in to something you’ll enjoy!

Equipment: Uniforms are supplied by the program but wrestling shoes and headgear must be purchased by parents. Kids grow quickly so we encourage our parents to participate in selling/swapping used equipment at the beginning of the season. Wrestling shoes are required before walking on the mats. Street shoes will damage the mats.

Still on the fence about getting your child involved in wrestling? If so, this quick read from a former 2x NCAA All American wrestler and current youth coach might help you decide (click the link). 10 Reasons Why Kids Should Wrestle