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Thunder practice room assignments:

Practice room assignments, days, times, and locations ~ attachment soon to be posted


- Wrestlers are assigned to a practice group based on age, weight, and skill level.  

- Adjustments are often made upon coach evaluations of skill level, availability of partners, and wrestler attitude, and mental toughness.

- Boys and girls are integrated with all groups.

DSYS practice schedule for Season 2017-18:

DSYS practices are expected to begin Monday, November 6, 2017. 

DSYS plans to have five groups:

Lightning refers to those that are in the travel elite program that enter (a) open style tournaments in Maryland and Pennsylvania, (b) Mason Dixon league, or (c) CAWL.

Travel/ Elite ~ advanced middle school and 5th grade wrestlers, focused on drilling, chain wrestling, and advanced techniques that build on a strong understanding of the basics (kids must be very mature and have the ability to focus in this group); others may be selected upon evaluations

Thunder refers to those in the Northern Virginia Wrestling Federation (NVWF) Sunday league designed as an open style individual based format.  

Middle school (grades 6-8) heavy kids ~ mostly middle school, and additionally 5th grade wrestlers selected by weight
Middle school (grades (6-8) light kids ~ mostly middle school kids, and additionally 4th or 5th graders selected by weight
Elementary school grades 3-5 advanced ~ typically kids with two or more prior years of experience
Elementary school grades 1-5 novice ~ typically for kids in their first year and/or kids in their second year that may not have yet grasped the basics

Practice locations are available at:

- John Champe HS

- Freedom HS

- Rock Ridge HS

- Briar Woods HS


Other details:

DSYS wrestlers have numerous opportunities to participate in practices, camps, clinics, tournaments, and events. This sport is for boys and girls in grades K-8th with a wide variety of experience levels from beginners to advanced. Kids may participate in practices without ever competing if they choose so that they may grow into the sport at their own pace. 

The benefits of the sport of wrestling are enormous. Clearly kids become more physically fit as compared to other sports. Most kids tremendously improve in other valuable ways including their ability to focus, channel their emotions, learn determination and perseverance, confidence, self esteem, a sense of accomplishment, sense of team, and good sportsmanship whether through wins and losses. 

Skill level and determination are the principal keys to success, and although this is a male dominated sport, young ladies do exceptionally well especially at the younger ages and often achieve a great deal of success.


Wrestling at the youth, high school, and collegiate levels are very different than what is seen on TV, and the sport contains many checks and balances to maintain a positive and safe atmosphere. See more on safety.

The main part of the competitive program revolves around the NVWF structure (www.nvwf.net) which is a 10 county wide program consisting of 30-plus clubs in the northern Virginia area. This program is an "individual open" style tournament format where individuals compete against one another based on age, weight, and experience. Overview of NVWF

Mason Dixon league competes on Sundays in January and February between Front Royal and beyond Winchester along the route 81 corridor. 

DSYS competes in select duals for elementary and middle schools periodically throughout the season. Duals are structured with a set of roughly 10-12 roster slots whereby kids compete against other teams for team points. 

DSYS wrestlers also may enter "open" individual style tournaments throughout PA, VA, MD, DE, NJ and VA areas. Sources include:



Some of the more advanced wrestlers also participate in CAWL which is a duals format in the Washington metropolitan area (http://www.cawlwrestling.com/). 

DSYS coaches regularly share information related to all of these forums, so please ask questions.