See ya, 2020! Here is the practice schedule for the last week of this hellacious year!
Tuesday, Dec. 29, 6-8 p.m.
Wednesday, Dec. 30, 6-8 p.m.
All kids who plan on wrestling in an upcoming tournament should get a weight check this week.
As usual, kids who would be quarantined if school were in session or who have had a possible exposure to Covid should NOT attend.
The Missouri Challenge (first leg of the AAU Triple Crown series) will be hosted by Hillsboro Wrestling Club on January 9 & 10. Click here for the flier for full details. For first-timers, this is a bracketed tournament for which you must 1) choose a weight class when you register and 2) take your child to one of the weigh-ins listed on the flier to weigh in. Your child has to weigh at or below the weight class registered for, while wearing a singlet. The weight classes for each age division are listed below (and also on the flier):
Tot: 35, 40, 45, 50, 55, HWT
Bantam: 40, 45, 50, 55, 60, 65, 70, HWT
Midget: 50, 55, 60, 65, 70, 75, 80, 85, 92, 100, 112, 125, HWT
Novice: 55, 60, 65, 70, 75, 80, 85, 90, 95, 100, 108, 119, 132, 148, HWT
Schoolboy: 65, 70, 75, 80, 85, 90, 95, 100, 105, 112, 119, 125, 130, 135, 140, 145, 152, 160, 171, 189, HWT
Cadet: 88, 95, 103, 112, 119, 125, 130, 135, 140, 145, 152, 160, 171, 189, HWT
All HWT entries must provide exact weight of wrestler when registering.
Although there is usually a gold division for first-year wrestlers and a blue division for experienced wrestlers, that is NOT the case this year. Wrestlers will all be bracketed together, and wrestlers are generally eliminated if they lose twice (except in the semifinals or place matches). The top four wrestlers earn medals. In some weight brackets where there are not many competitors, a round-robin format may be used instead.
To register, choose one of the following options:
•Venmo $30 to @LeAnn-Cross no later than Wednesday, Dec. 30. In the notes, list 1) your child's name, 2) tournament name and 3) the weight class you choose. (Do NOT list your child's actual weight, only the weight class YOU choose.)
•Send $30 cash or check with your child to practice Tuesday or Wednesday, in an envelope with 1) child's name, 2) tournament name and 3) the weight class you choose. (Afterward, please confirm with your child that he or she gave the envelope to the coach.)
Also mark your calendar for Sunday, January 17, for the New Year's 2021 Breakout Jr. Viking Tournament at Francis Howell HS. We will take registrations for this after registrations for MO Challenge have closed. Click here for the flier.
Enjoy the rest of the holidays!
In case you didn't see the Remind message, we will NOT be practicing Wednesday, Dec. 23. This is a change from the schedule that was sent out. I will be sending info out about the next tournaments on the calendar in the next day or so. Happy holidays to everyone!
If your child is interested in getting in some extra wrestling over the holidays, however, Purler Wrestling Academy is offering Christmas Camps. See Nick Purler's message below.
For Christmas Camp registration (we have locations all over MO)
Kids from MI, OK, IL etc already signed up….our camps have been drawing a lot of out of staters for the past 3 years so it has been pretty awesome and the word is out that the new Purler Wrestling gyms are the place to be. Plus, makes for some good partners as well.
20 matches of live, and some camps are LEG ATTACK focus, others are TILTS / TOP
I hope everyone had a good weekend. We had a good sized group compete at Howell North today, and although I think it went a bit later than our tournament did, it sounds like it went well for the most part.
That said, we cannot stress enough how important it is that all of our club families respect the rules of every tournament they attend, especially regarding mask wearing. We heard that Coach Brown at FHN had to threaten to stop the tournament late in the day if the wrestlers did not properly wear their masks when they were not wrestling. We had similar issues last week in our last session of the day with both the older wrestlers and their parents. While there was no complaint specific to our club, it is essential that our parents have masks covering nose and mouth for the entire duration (including while coaching matside), and for wrestlers to wear them at all times except during their actual match. After the match ends, mask goes back on.
In addition, our high school coaches received an email this week from the FHC administration informing them that they would not hesitate to shut down junior sports programs if participants were seen in the hallways or common areas without masks. There had been reports of kids in the hallways without masks one evening. We believe this was associated with a different program, but wanted to take this opportunity to reiterate a few rules of engagement for our youth program:
- No parent spectators may be in the building, with the exception of one parent for each Mini-Spartan (2nd grade and under) if desired. Mini-Spartan parents who do stay for practice must remain masked and social distanced the entire time (which I think they have been doing a good job of so far). Absolutely no siblings. This applies to both rooms.
-Wrestlers must wear a mask to and from practice, taking it off when they are getting ready to wrestle, and putting it back on before they leave their practice area. Please make sure they have a clean place to store their mask during practice.
-Wrestlers must bring their own water. Although the water fountains may be running, they are off-limits at this time.
-Continue to keep your kids home from practice if they are quarantined from school or are not feeling 100%.
Remember, there are cameras in all the common areas of the building and the footage can be referenced by administrators if there are complaints against our program. Thanks for your understanding and cooperation.
Our schedule is definitely thin this year, and I can only tell you what is happening a week or two in advance.
Next up is Hawk Brawl on 12/12 for Tots, Bantams & Novices and 12/13 for Midgets, Schoolboys & Cadets. This is hosted by the Hillsboro Wrestling Club and will be held at the Quality Inn Conference Center in Festus. We are NOT going to send club coaches to this tournament, although you may take your child on your own if you choose, and registration is on your own. I am including a full roster containing everyone's AAU numbers in this email for your use in registering if you decide to go. If you are going and are willing to coach other kids, let me know which session you'll be there for and I'll pass the word on.
Link to flier with registration instructions:
Northwest Jr. Lions Tournament is Sunday, Dec. 20, and we will take registrations for this now through Dec. 16. Please don't be late, as I have to have everything submitted through Trackwrestling by the 17th. Here is a link to the flier. https://find2.aausports.org/play/event-files/flyers/a5235a57-674a-40b6-a9b7-56a48f63940a_flyer.pdf
You can register in one of the following ways:
If you want to keep an eye on the tournament schedule as events are added, you can do so by visiting www.aauwrestling.net. Click on Tournaments/See All Tournaments, then type Ozark in the District field and click Search. A list will appear of all the local AAU tournaments currently scheduled.
We have a normal practice schedule this week. Have a great week, everyone!
We hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving, even if it wasn't a normal one!
Here a few reminders and hints before Sunday's tournament, along with our roster and the schedule for the day:
Tot/Bantam (doors open 8 a.m., begin at 9 a.m.)
Midget (watch FB for announcement that doors open; tentatively begin at 11 a.m.)
Novice (watch FB for announcement that doors open; tentatively begin at 1 p.m.)
Schoolboy/Cadet (watch FB for announcement that doors open; tentatively begin at 3 p.m.)
Good luck to all of our Spartan wrestlers! We hope they have a great start to the season!
If you haven't signed up to help at the Spartan Kickoff Sunday, there are still spots available. You can sign up at https://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0f4eaca62ca7f94-spartan1
FYI - If you are working a time slot at the tournament while your child is wrestling, you do NOT count as that child's designated adult. Another parent or adult may accompany your child.
If you did not sign your child up to wrestle in our tournament and would still like to, please reply to this email by Monday evening and provide your child's name, your name and a contact phone number. Payment will need to be made by Venmo or brought to practice Tuesday. All registrations must be paid no later than Tuesday. We've said this before, but our tournament is an excellent place for a beginning wrestler to get an introduction to matches and gain context for the skills they are learning at practice. All first-year wrestlers will compete against other first-year wrestlers, so everyone will be learning together!
The Spartan Wrestling T-shirts and shorts that were included with the wrestlers' registration will be distributed to the kids at the end of practice Wednesday. They should wear these over their singlets at Sunday's tournament (and any local tournament). If anyone needs to exchange a singlet for another size, please bring it to practice this week.
We have been informed of a wrestler or two who have had to quarantine due to contact tracing. Please continue to notify us of any quarantines that are required and of any symptoms or positive Covid-19 test results that we should be aware of. We have heard of no positive cases among wrestlers so far.
Next on the tournament schedule is the Howell North Jr. Knights Tournament on Dec. 6. Please register for this tournament just as you did for the Spartan tournament, by replying to this email with your wrestler's name, your name and phone number, and tell me how you will be paying -– Venmo to @LeAnn-Cross (verification phone digits 5007), or by turning the $25 fee in IN AN ENVELOPE MARKED WITH YOUR CHILD'S NAME AND THE TOURNAMENT NAME at practice. Registrations and payments must both be received by next Tuesday evening, Dec. 1.
Practice schedule for the week: Note the change due to Thanksgiving. Practices this week will be Tuesday/Wednesday at normal times. Schedules for the remainder of 2020 are below.
More info will come later this week regarding the tournament. Have a wonderful week and Happy Thanksgiving!
How our wrestlers should register
Given the fact that we are keeping all the parents out of the building during practice (except the Minis), we are offering a different option for registering for this tournament.
To register, please reply to this email as soon as possible but no later than Thursday, Nov. 19 with the following information:
You can pay the $30 fee:
PLEASE NOTE: There are strict rules surrounding this tournament, and we realize those rules may not work for everyone. That said, we do have to enforce them. Properly worn masks are required for everyone at all times, except for wrestlers while wrestling. We have a one wrestler, one parent rule. The only children who may attend are the ones wrestling, and only during their assigned session. This means you may have to come up with child care arrangements or trade kids with your spouse or other adult during the day, and the nonattending parent may have to watch a replay of their child's first wrestling matches of the season by phone. :-(
Please review the flier thoroughly so there are no surprises. Welcome to Covid-era wrestling! Let's make the best of it!
Don’t forget the Spartan WC parent meeting tonight, 6:30 in the auditorium! One parent per family, no kids please, masks required.
You may take care of any outstanding items from 6-6:30, including turning in late registrations, birth certificates, singlet deposits, etc.
Wrestling is on! Sign up for the 20-21 Spartan Wrestling Club 10/7 or 10/20 at FHC.
This year may look a little different, but Spartan Wrestling Club is a go! We ask for your patience as we figure out how to make things work, but here is what we know so far:
It's been awhile! Life has certainly changed since we all last met. Hope everyone is doing fine. Just a reminder, Spartan-Style Wrestling Camp is being held from 5-8 p.m. Monday through Thursday this week. Due to district Covid restrictions, we are limited to one week of camp this year, and it is only open to students entering grades 9-12. If you haven't signed up your entering freshman yet, you can still do so at fhcsummercamps.com. Please be aware that no adults are allowed in the building during camp. Coaches ask that you drop your wrestlers off at the door and pick them up at 8 p.m.
We are uncertain at this time when and how youth wrestling will be able to take place in the fall, but we will keep you informed as those decisions are made. It is our hope to have everyone back on the mat as soon as it is safe to do so; however, there will undoubtedly be additional precautions taken for quite some time.
Still have a singlet at home? Last call! We are offering one last opportunity to return singlets to FHC, this coming Thursday, July 23, 6-7 p.m. Just drive around to the parking lot by the baseball field, and we will collect them there. If you can't make that day or time personally, we encourage you to send your bagged and labeled singlet with someone else. If you need directions to drop it off at our house instead, please text me at 314-640-5007 and I will send you our address. Just make sure all singlets are in before July 30, as that will be deposit check forfeiture day.
Take care, and we hope to see everyone soon!
The Spartans had nine wrestlers place in the top four at Regionals Saturday and punch their ticket to the USA State tournament in Kansas City this weekend. Congratulations to:
Miller Austin, 2nd
Grayson Graham, 3rd
Chase Gray, 2nd
Colton Gray, Champion
Enzo Hernandez, 4th
Noah Keen, 3rd
Sedrick Laird, 2nd
Seamus Lawless, 2nd
Owen McCracken, 2nd
You can follow them this weekend on Trackwrestling.com. Search for the 2020 Missouri USA State Tournament. Good luck, Spartans!!