Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What are the different options for participating in CYA Wrestling?
A: The following options for wrestlers of all ages and experiences during the 2021-2022 season:
- Future Champions (Practice Only): This is a once-a-week introduction to wrestling with age-appropriate games and drills. Limited to 15 wrestlers, ages 5-6.
- Recreational Team Option: For beginner and novice wrestlers who will attend 2 practice sessions during the week and Mason Dixon Wrestling League competition on the weekend.
- Advanced Team Option: For advanced wrestlers who will attend 3 practice sessions during the week and Mason Dixon Wrestling League competition on the weekend as well as optional competition options throughout Virginia, Maryland, West Virginia, and Pennsylvania.
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. Please keep in mind though that females practice with and compete directly against boys. But we will offer a girls only practice once a week.
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 don't 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Q: What are the weight classes? Does my child need to lose weight or make weight?
A: There are no weight classes in the local leagues (WWS or MDWL) that we participate in. Wrestlers are grouped together with other kids with similar age, experience, and weight.
Q: How long does the season run?
A: The winter season is from November through February. There is an end-of-season league championship tournament in March for those wrestlers that qualify.
Q: What equipment/uniforms are required?
A: The only required piece of equipment is wrestling shoes. Wrestlers with braces must wear a mouth guard. Competition wrestlers must wear headgear at tournaments. There is no other equipment necessary for wrestling. Singlets are loaned to competition wrestlers. Spirit wear is also available for purchase and is optional.
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 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 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: Each option has a different cost
- Future Champions
- Recreational Team Option
- Advanced Team Option
Q: What does the registration fee cover?
A: The registration fee covers practice sessions per week, a team t-shirt, an end-of-season banquet, and all Fairfax County administrative fees. This season, there are no competition fees included in the registration fee.
Q: Where are practices held?
A: Practices will be held at both Chantilly HS and at the CYA Fieldhouse.
Chantilly HS: Enter through Door #10 and the wrestling room is on the left side
FIeldhouse: Enter through main entrance and the wrestling room is to the right, in the back corner
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.
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 many matches will my child wrestle at a tournament?
A: Most wrestlers wrestle two or three matches during a tournament. However, if there is difficulty pairing your child due to age, weight, and experience, the tournament organizers will ask your permission to move them to a different weight group or age group in order to get them matches.
Q: Will my child be grouped with more experienced opponents?
A: During the regular season, most first-year wrestlers only get paired with other first-year wrestlers. Experienced wrestlers will only wrestle other experienced wrestlers. At the end of the year tournaments, all wrestlers will wrestle against one another.
POST SEASON QUESTIONS
Q: What are the post-season tournament opportunities?
A: There are several opportunities to wrestle at the end of the wrestling season (TOP Championships, Mason Dixon League Championships, Virginia Kids State Wrestling Championships, etc). However, these tournaments are not included in the registration fee and you must register individually. CYA coaches will be present at all post-season tournaments.
Q: What is the awards banquet?
A: There will be an awards banquet in March to recognize the hard work of all of the wrestlers. All wrestlers will receive trophies and additional awards will be presented to specific wrestlers. Details will be sent by the banquet committe at the end of the season.
Q: How do I obtain a competition singlet?
A: Due to COVID-19 safety protocols, all wrestlers will be required to purchase a singlet from the team store this year. Loaner singlets will not be distributed. A link will be sent to purchase singlets.