Fox Jag-Warrior Tournament Sunday
Although this tournament is called the Fox tournament, if you looked closely at the flier (I admittedly did not at first), you will see that it is being held at SECKMAN HIGH SCHOOL this year instead of Fox High School. Please make sure you know where you're going! FYI - Seckman sits in a valley and is notorious for having virtually NO cell service within its walls, so be prepared for that.
I'm sure it was a disappointment to many that the Pattonville tournament was canceled Sunday. It is highly doubtful that they will reschedule it, so I will be issuing refunds to those of you who registered (unless we have already made other arrangements). Please see me before practice Tuesday or Thursday and I'll return your checks/cash to you. I won't be at Minis practice Wednesday, but I will get theirs to one of the coaches to hand out.
AAU/USA State Tournaments
Separately, I've sent information on both the AAU State and USA District 8 tournaments via email. If you have questions, please do not hesitate to reach out. We'd love to see as many Spartans as possible participate! We will likely have many Spartans doing both.
Both AAU State and USA Districts will hold seeding meetings, and we will need parents to volunteer to attend the meetings on behalf of each age division. If you are willing, please let me know. I will likely need your help to gather the seeding info from parents.
End of Season
For those not competing in the USA series (districts, regionals, state), the season will conclude with the AAU State Tournament on Feb. 23-24. Those who are competing in the USA series will continue practicing through March 7.
We will plan a post-season banquet for everyone soon, and details will be forthcoming. For the past several years, we have had a separate banquet for the Mini-Spartans due to the earlier ending of their season. With the USA series being bumped up by several weeks this year, however, we will likely bring everyone together once again. We hope all of you will join in the celebration at that time.
Thanks all! Let's finish the season strong, Spartans!
See the attachment below to view the flier for the USA District 8 Tournament, to be held at Seckman High School on Feb. 23. The district tournament is the first step in the USA State series. Wrestlers who place in the top six at the district tournament qualify to compete at the USA Region D Tournament the following weekend, March 2, in Mexico, Mo. The top four placers at regionals will qualify to compete at the USA Missouri State Championship Tournament in Kansas City on March 9-10.
The Spartans have a history of great performance at the USA State Tournament, and this year should be no exception!
Although the deadline to register for the District 8 Tournament is not for a couple of weeks (Feb. 14 at practice), please let us know if your child is planning to compete in the tournament for the first time this year. All participants must have USA competition cards, and we will need to make sure we secure those before registering our club members. Note, the USA State Series is open to wrestlers in the 8U, 10U, 12U and 14U age divisions. Six-and-under wrestlers are not eligible (they have their own separate tournament, which is actually in Sedalia this weekend). So, this means no wrestlers born after 2011 may compete.
The registration envelope will be available in the board this week, and feel free to respond with any questions.
For anyone planning on or interesting in competing in Missouri Nationals on Feb. 2 in Lebanon, Mo., here is a link to the flier and a list of weigh-in options provided by the organizers.
It is a USA tournament, so all participants need a USA card to participate. (If you are 100% sure you are going but do not yet have a USA card yet, please let me know right away.)
Note that the tournament may be in conflict with weigh-ins for the rescheduled Ozark Blue tournament that are that evening, so plan carefully if you plan to do both.
The club will not be sending coaches, so you will need to make sure another parent with a coaching card is willing to coach your son if you don't have a coaching card yourself.
Registration is on your own, but submit payment to Spartan Wrestling Club, as they require one check per club.
Weigh in Options
Remote weigh in options:
Friday February 1st: 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm (On-site & remote - all divisions - open, novice, and girls)
Neosho Wrestling Facility
418 Fairground Rd
Lafayette High School wrestling room
17050 Clayton Road
Wildwood, Mo. 63011
Ozark High School Cafeteria
1350 W Bluff Drive
On site weigh in options
Friday Feb. 1st: 5pm to 7pm (All divisions-open,novice,girls)
Saturday Feb. 2nd 6:30 am to 7:30 am (open divisions 6u, 8u,and 10u only)
Saturday Feb. 2nd 11am to noon (open divisions 12u and 14u only)
Saturday Feb. 2nd 5pm to 7pm (All novice and girls)
Sunday Feb. 3rd 7am to 8am (All novice and girls)
All wrestlers must weigh in wearing competition uniform. Skin checks will be done at weigh-in.
Any questions please contact
Hello, we are passing along this email from Greg Mattison of the Jr. Patriots Wrestling Club, along with the new flier for this tournament. You will notice that Greg says the tournament will allow not only first-year wrestlers (with a 4 rating), but also less-experienced second-year wrestlers ( who would be rated 3s). Just to clarify, this would not include a second-year wrestler who has been wrestling intensively this season and winning most matches (and whom we would hope would be competing in the Ozark Blue tournament that day), but more of a struggling wrestler who is a better fit with the first-year wrestlers due to lack of experience. This is different from the normal AAU Triple-Crown events, which are separated into first-year only wrestlers (Gold) and everyone else (Blue). There will be round-robin brackets and no weigh-ins. Please let me know by next Thursday, Jan. 31 if your child will participate. You can do this by filling out another form at the registration board (write APPLY CREDIT) in the payment section, or just by emailing or texting me. Weights will be taken next week at practice, and those are the weights that will be submitted.
Here's Greg's email:
We've been working with the Ozark Championship and RL Wrestling leadership to help facilitate continuance of the Ozark Blue Championship. We're glad Ozark Blue will be able to run, continuing that great tournament and allowing kids to get some great competition and hopefully a Triple Crown.
To that end, the Jr. Patriots have agreed to run a modified Ozark Gold-like tournament in place of our annual tournament. We will run the Jr. Patriots Gold Wrestling Tournament on Sunday, February 3rd. In short, it will be much like our normal tournament, but focused on Gold (and less experienced 2nd year) wrestlers. There were 350 registered for Ozark Gold on the original date and we hope that you will all come to our tournament. It will be run as Round Robins (as we always do), which is intentional so newer wrestlers get more matches, regardless of win/loss. In addition, as a round robin tournament, it runs super fast and we'll have you out the door by 2pm. We will be running two gyms with 12 mat surfaces and full size mats for the older Schoolboys and Cadets. We have real refs, a great hospitality room, t-shirts and 1st place gets a plaque with nice medals for 2nd and 3rd. Also, there is a Tot division.
Please encourage your 1st (and even less experienced 2nd year kids) to attend as we're "taking one for the team" and hope you'll support our tournament.
Attached is the updated flyer.
Jr Patriots Wrestling
Details on the rescheduling of the Ozark District Tournaments (please read thoroughly)
Below this is an email we received from the organizers of the Ozark District Tournament. In a nutshell, the Blue tournament has been rescheduled for Sunday, Feb. 3, still at Lindbergh High School. If you did not sign up for this tournament previously but would now like to, please do so next week at practice. The envelope will be back out at the board. If you signed up but can no longer attend, or if you need to change a weight class, please respond to this email and let me know. Otherwise, all registrations for this tournament will be transferred over to the new date.
The Gold tournament will not be rescheduled. The Parkway South Jr. Patriots tournament is the same day as the rescheduled Blue tournament (Feb. 3), however, and the Jr. Patriots have agreed to make their tournament a beginner tournament for those wrestlers not participating in the Ozark Blue tournament.
Please let us know by next Thursday what you'd like to do. We will accept new registrations for this tournament next week, as well.
REFUNDS FOR OZARK WILL NOT BE DISTRIBUTED OR CREDITED UNTIL WE RECEIVE REIMBURSEMENT FROM OZARK FOR THE FEES WE PAID FOR THE CLUB. PLEASE BE PATIENT.
Here is the e-mail received:
Attached you will find the new flyer for the rescheduled OZARK DISTRICT BLUE tournament at Lindbergh HS on February 3rd. Details of the event are described in the flyer. All wrestling for the Blue division will start promptly at 9:00 a.m.
The rescheduling of the GOLD OZARK DISTRICT was not achievable by our organization due to many reasons so we are informing everyone that Parkway South Jr. Pats is hosting an AAU gold style event that day February 3rd as well and we strongly encourage any interested gold wrestlers to participate in that event. We would like to thank Parkway Jr. Patriots for their cooperation and assistance throughout this process of rescheduling our District event.
Here is a few informational points for the upcoming event.
- Our deadline for registration is a hard stop deadline of January 28th at 10 pm. Time constraints of this event are tight and we will not make adjustments after this point in time.
- The Trackwrestling registration for our event is now reopened and active. If you were registered in the original event then you may go to Trackwrestling and make any roster adjustments that you may have (weights, adds, removals) prior to our deadline. If you were previously registered for this event you will be currently registered in the rescheduled date of February 3rd so please go in and verify that information through Trackwrestling. You may add wrestlers or remove wrestlers from your roster depending on the circumstances in the tournament registration. This is Trackwrestling recommendations and processes for this when it occurs.
- No remote weigh ins for our event.
Thank you and we look forward to the event on February 3rd 2019 at Lindbergh High School.
We will start mailing refund checks from the Ozark Gold Tournament back to clubs and individuals.
Because so many of our wrestlers are competing this coming weekend and need the practice, Coach Cross is adding a bonus practice from 3-5 p.m. tomorrow, New Year's Day, for Jr. Spartans only. Anyone from either the advanced or beginner/intermediate rooms is welcome to attend.
Hello and almost Happy New Year to you all!
Here is our practice schedule for New Year's week (the online schedule will be updated shortly):
Monday, 12/31: No practice
Tuesday, 1/1: No practice
Wednesday, 1/2: Minis practice 5:30-7
Thursday, 1/3: Jr. Spartan practice 6-8
Thursday is also the deadline for the Ozark District Tournament. Please have registrations turned in by 6:30 p.m., as I have to submit the roster Thursday evening. Also, please do not forget to select a weight class for this tournament!
Also, do not forget that weigh-ins are required for this weekend's Missouri Challenge tournaments. Review the weigh-in schedule on the flier, as you have the choice to weigh in Friday night or the day of the tournament. Blue tournament wrestlers must make scratch weight (exactly at or below the weight class signed up for). Gold wrestlers only may bump up a weight class if they exceed the weight class for which they registered.
Have a fun and safe New Year's Eve!
If your child plans on wrestling in the Hawk Brawl on Dec. 30 or in the first leg of the AAU Triple Crown, the Missouri Challenge, on Jan. 5 or 6, then make sure to sign up by Thursday evening (tonight!) at 6 p.m. The Missouri Challenge has separate divisions for experienced (Blue) and first-year (Gold) wrestlers, and both divisions require you to select a weight class, so make sure to choose Blue or Gold and write in your weight class of choice on your form.
Important note: Blue wrestlers must weigh in at or below the weight they sign up for. Gold wrestlers will be bumped up to the next weight class if they do not make weight for the class they signed up for.
Refer to the weigh-in schedule on the flier to see when your child's age and division must attend weigh-ins.
Blue wrestlers should submit seeding information WITH THEIR REGISTRATION if they wish to be seeded in their brackets. This includes win/loss records, head-to-head match results with others in their weight class, and so forth. Refer to the parent handbook for more information. If seeding info is not submitted with the registration form or e-mailed before the meeting, no information will be presented at the seeding meeting on behalf of the wrestler.
Have a great week and holiday season!
We've got two great weeks of competition under our belts! Congrats to all of our kids who have been competing. We are hearing great things about them and hope they are all having positive experiences. Special thanks to all of our parent or volunteer coaches who have helped coach at these tournaments, especially Tom Narrow, Blake Standridge, and Clint & Gage Basala, who gave up their Saturday to coach the beginners at the Team St. Louis Beginners Tournament. We were short-staffed to say the least, and these guys saved the day!
Be sure to consult the web site regularly to confirm the practice schedule, at swczone.com.
Deadline this week:
Zebra Classic at Lafayette HS.
-Please have these registrations turned in no later than 6 p.m. Thursday (before practice starts). I usually grab these and run, so please try to get them in early. Cost is $20.
-Note that novices wrestle in the afternoon session for this tournament.
-Also note that there is a $5 admission fee for everyone over 12. This tournament is a fundraiser for the St. Louis Wrestling Officials Association, which needs the funds for its spring awards banquet, so we'll let them off the hook. :-)
Jr. Spartans should get in the habit of getting their weight checked by a coach each week they are competing. It's probably best if they don't eat a big dinner or down a gallon of water before practice on these nights. If they have multiple weights recorded in a given week, I will use the lowest one for tournament purposes.
T-shirts & Shorts
We have only a couple of team T-shirt & shorts orders that haven't been picked up, so great job on that! That means that attendance at practices has been fantastic. We do have some extra shirts available for sale, so if you would like one, let me know what size and I'll see if we have it.
Shoes on the Mats
We've heard reports of sightings of parents (and maybe kids) walking on our mats in their street shoes. This is a point we hammer home at our parent meeting, in our parent handbook, and at every other opportunity that presents itself. ZERO street shoes are allowed on our mats. This rule keeps the mats cleaner and reduces the damage they are subject to, making them last a lot longer. Please make sure anyone attending practice with your child knows this rule and abides by it.
Have a great week!
Some of you have had questions regarding tournaments and tournament registrations, so I hope this helps answer some of them!
Please make sure you are visiting the tournament board each week to sign up for upcoming tournaments. You can also find the tournaments posted on the calendar on our web site at swczone.com. If you click on the name of the tournament, a box opens up. If you click on the name of the tournament again, the tournament flier will come up. There you an find everything you need to know about that tournament, including:
-Whether all wrestlers start at the same time or if there is a split session. (Split sessions don't always split groups the same way, so always read thoroughly.)
-The deadline for CLUB to register, and submission instructions for the CLUB MANAGER to follow when entering the TEAM. YOUR deadline to submit an entry to us is generally the last practice BEFORE this deadline, at 6 p.m. I submit all our entries together, with one payment. If you write a check for your fee, always make it to Spartan Wrestling, NOT the hosting club.
-Whether there are weigh-ins. The only AAU tournaments that require you to select a weight class and attend a weigh-in are: Missouri Challenge, Ozark District Championship and AAU State Tournament (Triple Crown events). For those, YOU must select a weight class for your child AND take him/her to the scheduled weigh-in. Wrestlers must weigh AT or BELOW the selected weight class at the time of the weigh-in.
-For ALL OTHER AAU TOURNAMENTS: Do not list your child's weight on the registration form. The only weight that will be submitted with tournament registrations will be the one taken by a coach at practice the week of the tournament.
Regarding beginners/rookies: All AAU tournaments will do a pretty good job of separating beginners (also known as 4s on the 1-4 rating scale or "Gold" wrestlers in Triple Crown events) into separate brackets. This is usually fairly easy to accomplish in a larger tournament such as our Spartan Kickoff Tournament. For this reason, we strongly encourage all of our Spartans, Mini and Junior, to compete in this early-season tournament to get their competition feet wet.
There are also tournaments only open to first-year wrestlers, such as the Holiday Beginner's Tournament on Dec. 8 at Whitfield HS. Although we do encourage our first-years to compete in this tournament, it is by no means the only tournament that caters to beginners. AAU is a terrific organization for beginning and intermediate wrestlers, so there is no need to only focus on beginner-only tournaments. All of the AAU tournaments will do their best to separate the beginners from the advanced wrestlers. If at any time you feel that your wrestler has been placed in a bracket that is not right for him/her, feel free to speak to the coach, the mat table or the official. We do not want any wrestler participating in an unsafe situation.
You may register for tournaments as far in advance as you wish; however, if you need to select a weight class, you may want to wait until closer to the deadline to avoid having to make a last-minute change.
If you want to sign up for several tournaments at once but write one check, please put all the registration forms together in the envelope with the EARLIEST deadline.
If there are payment envelopes in the board, feel free to use them for your registration. If not, just staple or clip your payment to your form.
Withdrawing from a Tournament
If your child is unable to wrestle in a tournament you registered for, please notify me or a coach so we can notify the tournament host. Refunds can not be made after the tournament registration deadline. (Once our roster has been submitted, we are required to pay for all registrants regardless of whether they show up to wrestle.) If the tournament is not notified in time to adjust brackets, then the wrestlers in the same bracket as the no-show get fewer matches and less value for their time and money.
Let me know if anyone has other questions!