We do not have meets against other clubs. Instead, our competitions take place in tournaments on the weekends. Wrestlers are encouraged to wrestle in as many tournaments as they can. Although wrestlers are not required to participate in any specific tournament, we believe that kids gain the most benefit from the sport if they take advantage of the competition provided by the tournaments.
Tournaments can be just for Novice Wrestlers, just for Open Wrestlers, or for both Open and Novice Wrestlers. If a tournament is listed as "Open/Novice" then Novice Wrestlers wrestle against other Novice Wrestlers and Open Wrestlers will wrestle against other Open Wrestlers; they just happen to be doing it in the same gyms. For Novice Wrestlers, tournaments are held in January and February. For Open Wrestlers, tournaments are held from mid-December through mid-March.
It is up to you and your wrestler to decide which tournaments your wrestler will attend and which tournaments best fit your family's schedule. If you click on the tab labeled "Novice Calendar", you will see a list of the Novice Tournaments that we plan on attending this year. Similarly, if you click on the tab labeled "Open Calendar", you will see the Open Tournaments that we plan on attending this year. You can then RSVP for a tournament on Team Cowboy or you can sign-up in person at practice. You must sign-up for a tournament at least 10 days in advance of the tournament. Each tournament has its own registration fee, which is generally between $16 - $20 per wrestler. Your $150 registration fee does not cover the tournament fees. Tournament fees can be paid at practices. Tournament fees can be paid by cash, check or credit card (a small processing fee - typically 50 cents -- will be added to each credit card transaction).
Any questions about tournament registrations should be directed to Marc Erickson.
Once a wrestler is registered for a tournament, the tournaments do not allow refunds, even if a wrestler is sick or injured.
At the tournaments, wrestlers are placed in brackets based on their age and weight. The age classifications are 6 & Under, 8 & Under, 10 & Under, 12 & Under and 14 & Under. Weight classifications vary from age group to age group, but there is generally a different weight class at every 3 to 5 pounds (e.g., 70 pounds, 73 pounds, 76 pounds, etc.). Each wrestler needs to be officially weighed-in before each tournament to confirm that he is in the proper weight class. Depending on the tournament, those weigh-ins can be held at Shawnee Mission East in the days before the tournament or at the tournament site the day of the tournament. Information about those weigh-ins will be provided for each tournament. WRESTLERS SHOULD WRESTLE AT THEIR NATURAL WEIGHT. NO YOUTH WRESTLER SHOULD ATTEMPT TO LOSE WEIGHT TO WRESTLE IN A LOWER WEIGHT BRACKET.
Tournaments often begin at 8 a.m. or 9 a.m. and last until 2 p.m. or 3 p.m., although those times can vary. On the tournament calendar, you may see that some tournaments are identified as "Split" tournaments. In a split tournament, certain age groups wrestle in the morning and certain age groups wrestle in the afternoon. For example, in a split tournament, the 6 & Under, 8 & Under and 14 & Under wrestlers might start at 9 a.m. and be done by noon. In that same tournament, the 10 & Under and 12 & Under wrestlers might start at noon and be finished by 3 p.m. As a result of this format, the time commitment is often less in a split tournament.
Track Wrestling: Many tournaments are set-up through the website http://www.trackwrestling.com. Information about the track wrestling website can be found on the tab labeled "Trackwrestling".
Districts and the State Championship Tournament: All wrestlers (Novice and Open) are eligible to wrestle in the District Tournament on March 19, 2015. There are 4 Districts in Kansas, and we are in District 1. The top 4 finishers in each weight class at each District Tournament qualify for the State Championship Tournament which is held at the Topeka Expocenter on March 25-26, 2017.
Equipment: At tournaments, all wrestlers must wear headgear, wrestling shoes and a singlet. All wrestlers with braces must have a mouthguard. You are responsible for providing your wrestling shoes and headgear. KCWC will provide you with a singlet for your use this season. A $50 deposit will be collected for each singlet. That deposit will be returned when the singlet is returned at the end of the season.