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•Overview
 
The Dulles Youth Sports program provides a high quality experience for wrestlers, families, coaches, and spectators.  For the money, our program is "pound for pound" the best deal in the northern Virginia area.  
 
Both boys and girls have access to safe clean high school sports facilities, highly experienced coaches, numerous competition opportunities, and easily accessible practice locations.  The organizational element is a volunteer-based nonprofit 501(c)3 structure, to keep expenses down to a minimum, endorsed by Loudoun County Parks, Recreation, and Community Services (PRCS). 
 
Our wrestling program provides opportunties for youth athletes to get physically strong, mentally focused, and emotionally controlled. Our athletes gain self confidence, high self esteem, a sense of accomplishment, respect for others,
 
They learn how to maintain good sportsmanship behaviors, win with humility and lose with grace. 
 
sportsmanship, the ability to persevere, remain determined, and overcome obstacles.  In short, our athletes simply become better people. 
 
Our coaches have personal examples of friends and families with sons and daughters that have participated in local youth wrestling programs leading to their abilities to conduct time management skills, operate under pressure, push themselves through austere condtions, and confidently communicate with adults, coaches, and teammates. In short wrestlers are conditioned to become great community citizens.  
 
•Participants
– DYS Wrestling is for all youth
– Grades K-8
– Both boys and girls (practices and competitions are coed)
– Skill levels from 0-9 years of wrestling experience
- Athletes interested in participating in one or more seasons
 
•Coaches
–Traditionally practice room coaches have prior high school and/or college experience
–DYS welcomes, solicits, and encourages parents to assist coaches reinforce practice room lessons, and support competition days
- DYS typically has 1 coach for every 6 kids thus maintaining high attention levels
–Instructors are required to obtain a USA Card each year and a background check every two years
• USA Cards are obtained on or after September 1st of each year
• Background checks are obtained every other year on or after September 1st 
• Parents initiate efforts to obtain the background check privately then get reimbursed by DYS once it is successfully complete and the parent provides it to DYS staff
• Information remains confidential between parents and the USA Wrestling organization; none of the DYS coaches or managers get to see results or findings
• DYS staff then determine if an adult or assistant coach needs to get the USA Card, if so, then the parent initiates the action which is reimbursed by DYS upon completion
• Head coaches are all required to have the USA Card
 
•Practice rooms
– DYS plans to have 5-7 practice groups comprised of roughly 25 kids per group during the 2018-2019 season divided by age, weight, skill, and interest (last year there were 5 groups).
- All but one group will compete in the NVWF competition venues during the winter season.
– NVWF allows kids to compete between grades K-8 plus youger 9th graders.
– A more advanced room will be assembled on a more selective basis to compete in higher levels such as Mason Dixon, CAWL, or high level outside events in surrounding states. This room will be comprised of kids mostly in grades 5-8 but advanced 4th graders may join too. 
 
•Winter season
–Practices (kids are typically aligned in terms of the Sunday league competitions in which they intend to enter)
•NVWF kids practice from early November through the end of February (typically novice level)
•Mason Dixon kids practice from early November through mid March (typically advanced wrestlers)
•CAWL kids practice from early November through early March (typically highly skilled or elite wrestlers)
–Competitions for regular leagues (kids would typically enter one but not all three Sunday league options)
•NVWF one mid December event plus most Sundays in January and February
•Mason Dixon, most Sundays between January and mid-March
•CAWL preseason event early December 3, 2017, plus a few dates in January and February
•CAWL final tournament early March
–Competitions for special events
•VAWA States event at end-of-season the last full weekend of February (typically for advanced wrestlers)
•Open individual style tournaments December through late March in surround Washington area
 
SEASON 2017-18 INFORMATION
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