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Winter Wrestling  

Registration for the Winter Wrestling season opens on Sept 1st 

If you have ever considered wrestling or a wrestling career in high school, wrestling with SYA is a great place to get started.  

The season starts around the first week in November and runs thru the middle of March.

Please note this is a co-ed league and all are welcome.  

Please note that payment for the program is due at the time of registration.  Registrations will not be processed without payment.  The system will only accept credit or debit cards, it will not accept checks or cash.  If there is a problem with making payment using a credit or debit card contact the SYA secretary before starting registration at [email protected]  

Sign-ups are for ages 5-14 (must be age 5 as of 1 Jan 16; 15th birthday must be after 1 Jan 16 or have approved league waiver).  

The team will be divided into two practice squads.

Young Leopards (K-4th Grade) and Junior Leopards (5th-8th Grade)

Practices are usually held Tuesday thru Friday with the young wrestlers from 5:30 until 6:30 and the Juniors from 6:30 until 8:30. Wrestlers can practice all 4 nights, but are only required to make 2 out of the 4 practices.

SYA competes in the Mid-Maryland Wrestling League which practices Folkstyle wrestling.  Folkstyle wrestling is the style high school teams wrestle.

Wrestlers will need wrestling shoes, shorts (without pockets) and a t-shirt. No sneakers or street shoes are allowed on the wrestling mats. Wrestlers may contact the coaches for used shoes (when available), or they can be purchased at one of the following: Dicks Sporting Goods, or SYA provides the wrestling singlet to be returned at the end of the season along with a wrestling shirt for the players to keep.

Registration cost
Sept 15- Oct 1st        $80
Oct 2nd - Nov 10th    $90
After Nov 10th          $110

Registration and payment must be received before player may begin practice.  Registration will end on Nov 30th.

If you have any questions please call SYA at (240) 329-3907 or email the Director, Tim Ryan @ [email protected] 

Basic Wrestling Rules

Overview of Wrestling Rules

The object of the sport of wrestling is to put your opponent on his back — to pin your opponent.

A pin (or fall) is when you put your opponent on his/her back with any part of both shoulders or both shoulder blades of your opponent in contact with the mat for two seconds. When you pin your opponent, the match is over and you are the winner.

If nobody gets pinned, the winner is the wrestler who has scored the most points during the match..

There are five ways to score points in a wrestling match:

1) Takedown – (2 points) You score two points for taking your opponent down to the mat and controlling him/her.

2) Escape – (1 point) You score one point for getting away or getting to a neutral position when your opponent has you down on the mat.

3) Reversal – (2 points) You score two points when your opponent has you down on the mat and you come from underneath and gain control of your opponent.

4) Near Fall (Back Points) – (2 or 3 points) You get near fall points when you almost but not quite get your opponent pinned. A near fall (near pin) is when…both shoulders are held for two seconds within four inches of the mat, or…one shoulder touches the mat and the other shoulder is at a 45 degree angle coming down to the mat, or…the wrestler is held in a high bridge or back on both elbows.

If a near fall lasts for two seconds, you get 2 points. If a near fall lasts for 5 seconds, you get 3 points.

5) Penalty Points – (1 or 2 points) Your opponent is awarded points if you commit the following infractions.

    • Illegal Holds – There are several holds that the referee will penalize you for without warning. (There are other holds called “potentially dangerous holds” which the referee might make you let go of but will not penalize you for).
    • Technical Violations Going off the mat or forcing your opponent off the mat to avoid wrestling (“fleeing the mat.”)

Grabbing clothing, the mat, or the headgear

Locked or overlapped hands:  (Most common and happens all the time) If you are down on the mat in control of your opponent, you cannot lock or overlap your hands, fingers or arms around your opponent’s body or both legs unless you have met criteria for a near pin of your opponent, or your opponent stands up and has all his/her weight on two feet, or you have lifted the opponent off the mat.

Leaving the mat during the match without the referee’s permission

Reporting to the mat not properly equipped or not ready to wrestle, or equipment that is detected as being illegal after the match has started

    • Unnecessary roughness
    • Unsportsmanlike conduct
    • Flagrant Misconduct (ejection, the match is over)
    • Stalling (you get one warning before you are penalized and points are awarded).
    • Incorrect starting position or false start (You get two cautions before points are awarded).

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