Faqs

Tournaments (4)

How many tournaments occur during the season?

Usually 9-10 tournaments for our NVWF league. And, usually on Sundays.

How many tournaments do I need to attend to qualify for the Regional Tournament?

The federation rule is that a wrestler must participate in 50% of all tournaments PLUS ONE MORE to be eligible for the finals.

Example: You would need to participate in a minimum of 5 tournaments (out of 8) in order to compete in the final NVWF regional tournament.

 

How long (time) are tournaments?

NVWF Tournaments: Your wrestler will usually have completed their 3 matches in about 1-2 hours.

Does my wrestler have to compete in Tournaments?

No. But, the NVWF tournaments are very fair for beginner and intermediate wrestlers. We take into account your wrestler’s age, weight and skill level to ensure that they will not be wrestling other kids with an unfair advantage. Your child will usually wrestle other children of the same age, weight, and skill set.

NVWF (5)

How many tournaments occur during the season?

Usually 9-10 tournaments for our NVWF league. And, usually on Sundays.

How many tournaments do I need to attend to qualify for the Regional Tournament?

The federation rule is that a wrestler must participate in 50% of all tournaments PLUS ONE MORE to be eligible for the finals.

Example: You would need to participate in a minimum of 5 tournaments (out of 8) in order to compete in the final NVWF regional tournament.

 

How long (time) are tournaments?

NVWF Tournaments: Your wrestler will usually have completed their 3 matches in about 1-2 hours.

Does my wrestler have to compete in Tournaments?

No. But, the NVWF tournaments are very fair for beginner and intermediate wrestlers. We take into account your wrestler’s age, weight and skill level to ensure that they will not be wrestling other kids with an unfair advantage. Your child will usually wrestle other children of the same age, weight, and skill set.

My wrestler is big / small, who will they wrestle?

Highlander Wrestling is awesome in that you only wrestle people around your same size, age and skill set. As you progress, your skills will improve and you will wrestle tougher opponents. So – If you weigh 80 lbs, you will wrestle people within 5 lbs of your weight.

Our goal, as a beginner and intermediate wrestler, is not to have you go undefeated for the season…it’s to challenge you… If you are dominating at a certain level we will move you up.

Keep in mind… When you wrestle regular tournament or make your school team. You will wrestle people your same weight, no matter what their skill level.

Coaching (1)

How can I become a coach?

All of our coaching staff is required to have a background check and a USA coaching card.  All is provided by USA Membership.  Then, just step on the mat and help.  Email Coach Troy if you are interested in helping at staffordhighlanders@yahoo.com

Volunteer (1)

Do I have to volunteer to help?

YES !!! When you signed up with the Highlanders you agreed to volunteer at least 1 time at a tournament.  Volunteer time only takes 1-2 hours.  We need table workers, time keepers, score keepers, runners, etc… We will send out sign up sheets.  Thanks.

Keep in mind that everyone on the Highlanders is a volunteer.  Coaches, board, staff… If you want to do more, just ask…we are nice.

General (12)

What happened to the Quantico Team?

The Quantico team merged with the Highlanders in 2013. You may see some of our wrestlers wearing, with pride, the Quantico / Marine Corps singlets. Not only is a a throw-back, the red and gold bulldog looks great

Why is your team so inexpensive?

Well, compared to other “for profit” organizations in the area, we are cheap! Mainly, because of our sponsors. Also, we are a registered charity 501(c)(3) and all of our coaches / staff are non-paid volunteers, and most are parents like you. But, our coaching pedigree remains super high; consisting of ex- collegiate, international, military, and even past Olympic wrestlers.

What colors / brands of equipment / gear to I need?

You need to provide wrestling shoes and headgear. Any color and brand is fine. The highlanders primary color is blue, but in wrestling, your child may wish to be more expressive and wear unique shoes, headgear, socks, knee pads, etc.

Are the dues for the team tax-deductible?

YES, Dues and Sponsorship funds are tax-deductible – The Stafford County Highlander Wrestling Team is a registered and active 501(c)3 entity with the IRS. Our EIN# is 54-1774634

IF YOU WOULD LIKE A PAPER RECEIPT CLICK HERE!

Updated and verified with the IRS 10/1/2014

Which tournaments are included in the registration fees?

ALL NVWF and CAWL duel meets are included. Some private CAWL / advanced level events are also paid by the team.

Other tournaments are not included in the registration fees and must be paid for individually. Consult the event flyer or website for additional information.

Do we get team pictures?

Yes…but, they are not included in your fee. However, they are very reasonably priced. The team makes no money from the sale of pictures, therefore the savings is passed onto you. Pictures are usually taken in January or February.

Can my child join late?

Maybe…you need to contact us. If we have space you can join us at practice. However, you may not be able to participate in NVWF events if you are past the registration deadline. If just training month to month after NVWF registration deadline, the cost is $100 per month.

What are the age limits / requirements?

The Highlanders participate in the NVWF.  This team accepts age ranges from 5-14 years old. Our Advanced Virginia Wrestling Academy team is typically 10 years and up. They participate in more competitive Open Tournaments and select Duals depending on registered wrestlers on the team.

There may be exceptions made for kids under 5 years old, if their birthday is during the season. Participation and coaching assistance during practice is required by parents with children under 5 years of age. You may be asked to sign a waiver to participate in events if your child is under the age requirement. Kids under 5 may not be eligible for all events.

How much does it cost to joint the Highlanders?

See our pricing on the registration pages for Highlanders and the Virginia Wrestling Academy. This includes practice facility fees for 6 months (3 practices per week), all NVWF tournament fees (8-10 tournaments), Select Open Tournament fees (VWA Wrestlers), USAW insurance, team shirt and use of the team uniform (singlet). You must provide wrestling shoes, headgear, and any other protective gear you may need (e.g. Kneepads). You may purchase additional t-shirts, shorts, sweats, sweatshirts, etc. Independent tournament fees are not included except for those specifically planned for VWA Wrestlers.

When does the “Season” start / finish?

Our Folkstyle Training Season goes from 1 October through 31 March. NVWF tournaments go from the beginning of December through the beginning of March. Wrestling is normally considered a winter sport with a season calendar similar to basketball. There will likely be one or two tournaments before the holidays in December. Expect to have your weekends in January and February full with tournaments. Practice starts the first week of October, however, we will facilitate late registration for NVWF tournaments up until mid-November.

Do I need a mouth-guard or mouth-piece?

If you have braces a mouth-guard is required. Otherwise it is optional. Please consider using a mouth-guard if your child has a dental appliance or a false tooth.

Do you have a team banquet?

Yes we do – After the season is over we have a put-luck banquet.  You will be sent a sign up sheet and asked to bring a covered dish or supplies within a certain category.  Our banquet is usually at a local high school.  We will be giving out awards and recognizing accomplishments.   And we will collecting uniforms… It usually takes only 2 hours.

Practice (7)

Can I practice without headgear?

Yes you may practice, but we suggest headgear during live wrestling to prevent injury to your ears.

Can I drop off my child at practice?

Yes. You may leave your wrestlers at our facility during practice hours and pick them up later. However, there is a small seating section in the practice facility for you to observe practice.

Can my wrestler attend the VWA Advanced practice?

Only if your wrestler is invited by the head coach. Wrestlers may be asked to participate in the advanced practice anytime during the season when the coach thinks that they are ready. Our coaches are constantly monitoring skill levels, maturity, and mental acuity. All of these factors and more are measured when deciding if your wrestler is ready for advanced training. *** Some wrestlers are immediately brought into the advanced training session because of size and age. However, placing wrestlers that may disrupt the learning environment could negatively effect the practice for the majority of the advanced team. Your wrestler may be asked to return to the NVWF practices to build basic skills. Consult with a coach if there are any questions.

It may be tempting for parents with multiple children participating to bring wrestlers of lower levels to advanced practice. Please refrain from doing this. You may have to attend both practices to help all of your children become better wrestlers. Advanced wrestlers are always welcome at NVWF practice, but not vice-versa.

Is there a vending machine at the practice facility?

Yes. We have bottled water, Gatorade, Propel and some snacks. We also have a water fountain.

What do we need to bring to practice?

You will need wrestling shoes (Only to be worn on the mat), a water bottle, and headgear. Please wear clean shorts and a t-shirt to practice in.

Who decides if my child is placed in the “advanced” wrestling practice?

Your child may be asked to join our advanced team based on the opinion of the coaches. The head coach has final say. There are various factors involved such as maturity level and age that may trump actual skill. In rare instances the wrestler may be asked to return to the intermediate class to work on core skills.

Where is the practice facility?

The practice facility is located at:

71 Commerce Pkwy, Fredericksburg, VA 22406 (Stafford County)

Map –  https://www.google.com/maps/place/71+Commerce+Pkwy,+Fredericksburg,+VA+22406/@38.3470609,-77.5158143,505m/data=!3m1!1e3!4m5!3m4!1s0x89b6ea588b5c24db:0x28243387c53d06d3!8m2!3d38.3470609!4d-77.51472

We may occasionally practice at:
Colonial Forge HS 550 Courthouse Rd, Stafford, VA 22554
North Stafford HS 839 Garrisonville Rd, Stafford, VA 22554
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