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Last updated 9/30/2015


Q: What are the different options for participating in CYA Wrestling?

A: We provide multiple options for wrestlers of all ages and experiences including a: 

  • Non-Competition Option (Practice Only): For beginner and novice wrestlers who will attend 2 practice sessions during the week but will not participate in tournaments on the weekends.  Non-competitive and competive wrestlers practice together.  This option is called "Non-competitive" on the registration form.    
  • Tournament Competition Option (Practice and Tournaments): For beginner, novice, and intermediate wrestlers who will attend 2-3 practice sessions during the week AND attend tournaments hosted by the Northern Virginia Wrestling Federation (NVWF) on the weekends.  There are 8 tournaments scheduled all throughout Northern Virginia on Sundays and Saturdays in December, January, and February and an end-of-season Regional Tournament.  This option is called "Competitive" on the registration form.
  • Travel Team Add-On: For experienced wrestlers who are looking for a higher level of competition there is a travel-team add-on option.  Wrestlers will attend 2 CYA wrestling practices a week and 2 CAWL practices a week.  For more information about this option, please contact Joel Hegg at  


Q: What is the non-competition option and why would this be a good choice for my wrestler?

A: Non-Competition wrestlers ONLY attend practices and do not participate in the weekend tournaments. This is a perfect option for wrestlers who want to learn to wrestle but do not want to or cannot compete on Sundays for various reasons. Another benefit is that the non-competition registration rate is reduced since NVWF fees do not need to be paid.  Non-competition wrestlers practice with the competition wrestlers and will have many opportunities to wrestle "live" matches during practice sessions without the pressure of attending a tournament.

Q: What is the NVWF?

A: The Northern Virginia Wrestling Federation, aka NVWF, aka "the Federation", is the beginner/novice league in which CYA wrestling participates.  They host tournaments at various schools throughout Northern Virginia on the weekends. The majority of tournaments are held on Sunday with a few Saturday tournaments.

Q: What is the CAWL?

A: The Capital Area Wrestling League, aka CAWL, is the advanced league that many experienced NVWF wrestlers transition to after a few years.  This is a "travel team" that participates in both dual meets and various tournaments around the DC metro area and the Mid-Atlantic region.  CYA does not sponsor a CAWL team however we do partner with the Bandits, a CAWL team that accepts CYA wrestlers.  For more information about participaing with the Bandits as a CYA wrestler, contact Joel Hegg at      

Q: Can girls participate in wrestling?

A: Absolutely! Everyone is invited to wrestle!  Female wrestling exists at all levels of the sport, including the Olympics. Keep in mind though that female participation in the sport is relatively new in Northern Virginia therefore any girls that register will  practice and compete directly with the boys.

Q: Can I help coach even if I don't have any wrestling background or experience?

A: Definitely! We are happy to have all of the help we can get. Even if you dont have experience with wrestling, the kids will benefit from the added one-on-one attention they can get from an adult. If you are interested in serving as an assistant coach this winter, please email  

Q: Who typically participate in CYA Wrestling?

A: Anyone is free to sign-up for CYA wrestling.  However the majority of wrestlers live in the Chantilly and Oakton High School pyramids.

Q: What are the weight classes?  Does my child need to lose weight or make weight?

A: There are no weight classes in the NVWF. If a wrestler participates in the competitive option, they will weigh-in the morning of the tournament and then are grouped together with other kids with similar age, experience, and weight. 

Q: How long does the season run?

A: Practices will begin in early November. The first tournament is scheduled for the second Sunday in December.  The remaining tournaments run through January and February.  The majority of tournaments are run on Sundays with an occasional Saturday tournament.

Q: What equipment does CYA provide?

A: All registered wrestlers will recieve a team t-shirt.  CYA provides a team singlet for competitions (with a security deposit) that must be returned at the end of the season. All wrestlers must purchase their wrestling shoes and headgear.  There is no other equipment necessary for wrestling.

Q: Why am I required to put down a deposit for the singlet?

A: In order to keep the cost down, we loan singlets to all competitive wrestlers.  However, ensure that the singlet is returned at the end of the season, we ask for a deposit check to cover the cost of a replacment if necessary. The deposit amount is $100. The check is not deposited and will be given at the end of the season when the singlet is returned.

Q: What are the hygiene concerns with wrestling?

A: Like any contact sport, its possible to contract certain skin conditions while wrestling. For this reason we take hygiene very seriously. We've had very few skin issues develop over the years with our team. The Chantilly high school team mops and disinfects the mat for us before every practice. Kids should always shower immediately after practices and tournaments. Only wrestling shoes should be worn on the mat, not street shoes. If your child shows signs of an issue please see a doctor immediately and let the coaches know.  Any wrestler with a visible skin disease will not be able to return to practice or wrestle in a tournament until a doctor fills out this release.


Q: How do I register my child for wrestling?

A: Go to the CYA registration page.

Q: How much does it cost for the season?

A: The non-competitve option is $100 and the competitive option is $165. The competitive option covers all of the necesary fees to attend all of the NVWF tournaments.  There is also a 10% sibling discount for families that have multiple children that wrestle.  Please note, in order to have the discount applied, all wrestlers from the same family MUST register at the same time from the same family account.  

Q: What does the registration fee cover?

A: The registration fee covers 2-3 practice sessions per week, a t-shirt, a trophy at the end of season banquet, and all Fairfax County administrative fees. The competitive registration option also the NVWF league registration, a USA Wrestling card (membership and insurance), and ribbons after every tournament. 

Q: What are the registration deadlines?

A: For 2016-17 the regular registration deadline for the competitive option is November 24, 2016.  The late registration deadline is December 17, 2016 and there is an additional $25 fee.  Your child will also not eligilbe to compete in the December tournament. For the non-competitive option, registration is open until December 17, 2016 but there is no late fee.  No registrations will be accepted after this date.



Q: What is the practice schedule?

A: The exact days and times are still be worked out based on the availability of the wrestling room at Chantilly HS.  For your reference, this was last year's practice schedule.

Q: Where are practices held?

A: In the wrestling room at Chantilly High School.  The wrestling room is most easily accesible through Door #10.  It is on the left side across from the gym.

Q: What equipment does my child need for practice?

A: Wrestlers practice in a t-shirt, shorts, headgear and wrestling shoes.  They may not wear any other footwear (including sneakers or tennis shoes) on the wrestling mats.  Wrestlers who have braces must also wear a mouth guard.  

Q: My child can’t make all practices, can he/she still participate?

A: Yes.  Practices are not mandatory but it is highly recommended to attend every practice possible.  As an individual sport, the amount one improves is proportional to the amount of time they practice and spend time on the mat.  

NVWF Tournaments

Q: What is the tournament schedule?

A: The final tournament schedule, including dates and locations, is currently being developed.  The first tournament scheduled for Sunday December 11th.  Please note that tournaments are schedule all throughout Northern Virginia including surrounding counties such as Loudoun, Prince William, Fauquier, and Stafford.  The majority of tournaments are scheduled for Sundays with an occasional Saturday tournament.  

Q: What are the start times of the tournament?
A: The starting times at NVWF tournaments are based on the age division that your child wrestles in. All wrestlers must weigh-in before the tournament begins.  Wrestling begins about an hour after the close of weigh-ins.  The following were the weigh-in times during the 2015-2016 season:

  • Bantam/Midget: 8:00-8:45 AM
  • Junior: 10:45-11:15 PM
  • Intermediate: 12:45-1:15 PM
  • Senior: 2:45-3:15 PM

Q: What equipment does my child need for tournaments?

A: All wrestlers must wear wrestling shoes, headgear, and the team singlet. Optional: mouth guard.

Q: What are the weight classes?

A: For the beginner/intermediate tournaments there are no weight classes. After all wrestlers weigh-in, they are grouped with other kids with similar age, experience, and weight.

Q: How long are tournaments?

A: Including weigh-ins and wrestling, most tournaments last around 2 to 2 1/2 hours.  The Bantams and Midgets are a large group and sometimes take longer due to the higher number of matches. 

Q: How many matches will my child wrestle at a tournament?

A: Most wrestlers wrestle two or three matches in a round robin format. Sometimes there will be more or less, especially for very small and very big kids. If your kid can't be paired, the tournament organizers will ask your permission to move them to a different weight group or age group in order to get themmatches.  

Q: Will my child be grouped with more experienced opponents?

A: First year wrestlers get grouped with first year wrestlers. Wrestlers with at least one year of experience one another.  At the end of the year Regional Tournament, all wrestlers will wrestle against one another.  

Q: What are the volunteer requirements at tournaments?

A: All CYA families will be REQUIRED to volunteer to work at the tables during TWO tournaments.  CYA Wrestling will man one table together. There are vairous jobs including recording scores, keeping track of time, and changing the posted match numbers.  You do not need any wrestling knowledge to do most of the jobs.  A sign-up genius will be created after all families have registered.  

Q: I am not interested in working at the table during the tournament.  Are there any other options?

A: There are many other volunteer opportunties.  Families that have a parent serve as an official assistant coach or lead a committee (i.e. registrar, treasurer, banquet committee, equipment manager, etc) will not be required to volunteer to work at a table.  If a family does not meet their volunteer requirement by the end of the season, their $100 deposit will not be returned.     

Q: What is the regional championship?

A: The NVWF hosts an End-of-Season Regional Tournament that brings together every team in the Federation. This is the final tournament where wrestlers can earn medals for placing 1st, 2nd or 3rd. For more information about the tournament, please see the NVWF website.

Q: How many tournaments does my child need to participate in to qualify for the regional championship?

A: All wrestlers must attend 50%+1of the tournaments that are held this season.  There are currently 8 scheduled tournaments therefore a wrestler must attend 5 of othem to qualify to wrestle at the Regional Tournament.  

Q: What does it mean to "wrestle up"?

A: All wrestlers are eligible to wrestle in their own age division as well as the next age group up on a tournament day for no extra fee.  During the weigh-in for the next age group simply stop by the weigh-in area and tell them your kid wants to wrestle up.  This will allow your wrestler to recieve between 4-6 matches in one day.  


Q: Is there an awards banquet?  Do the wrestleres recieve trophies?

A: Yes, after the season ends,there will be an awards banquet in March. All wrestlers will receive trophies and additional awards will be presented based on performance durign the season. Details will be sent by the banquet committe at the end of the season.

Q: How do I return the singlet and recieve my deposit back?

A: The equipment manager will establish a time and place for this exchange at the end of the season.  At this time, your deposit check will be returned.  Please note that this check is never deposited and will be returned to you or torn up when the singlet is returned and all volunteer requirements are met.