DSYS wrestlers have numerous opportunities to participate in practices, camps, clinics, tournaments, and events. This sport is for boys and girls in grades K-8th with a wide variety of experience levels from beginners to advanced. Kids may participate in practices without ever competing if they choose so that they may grow into the sport at their own pace.
The benefits of the sport of wrestling are enormous. Clearly kids become more physically fit as compared to other sports. Most kids tremendously improve in other valuable ways including their ability to focus, channel their emotions, learn determination and perseverance, confidence, self esteem, a sense of accomplishment, sense of team, and good sportsmanship whether through wins and losses.
Skill level and determination are the principal keys to success, and although this is a male dominated sport, young ladies do exceptionally well especially at the younger ages and often achieve a great deal of success.
Wrestling at the youth, high school, and collegiate levels are very different than what is seen on TV, and the sport contains many checks and balances to maintain a positive and safe atmosphere. See more on safety.
The main part of the competitive program revolves around the NVWF structure (www.nvwf.net) which is a 10 county wide program consisting of 30-plus clubs in the northern Virginia area. This program is an "individual open" style tournament format where individuals compete against one another based on age, weight, and experience. Overview of NVWF
Mason Dixon league competes on Sundays in January and February between Front Royal and beyond Winchester along the route 81 corridor.
DSYS competes in select duals for elementary and middle schools periodically throughout the season. Duals are structured with a set of roughly 10-12 roster slots whereby kids compete against other teams for team points.
DSYS wrestlers also may enter "open" individual style tournaments throughout PA, VA, MD, DE, NJ and VA areas. Sources include:
Some of the more advanced wrestlers also participate in CAWL which is a duals format in the Washington metropolitan area (http://www.cawlwrestling.com/).
DSYS coaches regularly share information related to all of these forums, so please ask questions.