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Frequently Asked Questions



Q: What are the different options for participating in CYA Wrestling?

A: Due to COVID-19 provisions and protocols, we will be providing the following options for wrestlers of all ages and experiences during the 2020-2021 season: 

  • Future Champions (Practice Only):  This is a once a week introduction to wrestling with age-appropriate games and drills.  Limited to 15 wrestlers, ages 5-6.  
  • Elementary School Option: For beginner and novice wrestlers who will attend 2 practice sessions during the week and optional competition options throughout Virginia, Maryland, West Virginia, and Pennsylvania.
  • Middle School Option: For beginner, intermediate, and advanced wrestlers who will attend 2-3 practice sessions during the week and participate in optional competition options throughout Virginia, Maryland, West Virginia, and Pennsylvania.
  • High School Option: For beginner and intermediate wrestlers who will attend 2-3 practice sessions a week. The high school option will only be available during Session 1 as high school wrestlers are encouraged to participate in high school wrestling beginning on December 14th. 
  • Girls Practice: For beginner and intermediate girls who will practice once a week with only girls. This practice session is included for free for any girls that register for ES, MS, or HS options. 


Q: Can girls participate in wrestling?

A: Absolutely! Everyone is invited to wrestle!  Female wrestling exists at all levels of the sport, including the Olympics. Please keep in mind though that females practice with and compete directly against boys. But we will offer a girls only practice once a week. 


Q: Can I help coach even if I don't have any wrestling background or experience?

A: Definitely! We are happy to have all of the help we can get. Even if you don't have experience with wrestling, the kids will benefit from the added one-on-one attention they can get from an adult. If you are interested in serving as an assistant coach this winter, please email  


Q: What are the weight classes?  Does my child need to lose weight or make weight?

A: There are no weight classes in the local leagues (WWS or MDWL) that we participate in.  Wrestlers are grouped together with other kids with similar age, experience, and weight. 


Q: How long does the season run?

A: There are two session options this year. Session 1 runs from November 9th through December 22nd and Session 2 will run from January 4th through February 26th. You are welcome to register for just one session or both sessions. There is a discount to register for both sessions at one time.     


Q: What equipment/uniforms are required?

A: The only required piece of equipment is wrestling shoes.  Wrestlers with braces must wear a mouth guard.  Competition wrestlers must wear headgear at tournaments.  There is no other equipment necessary for wrestling.  Singlets are loaned to competition wrestlers.  Spirit wear is also available for purchase and is optional.


Q: What are the hygiene concerns with wrestling?

A: Like any contact sport, its possible to contract certain skin conditions while wrestling. For this reason we take hygiene very seriously. We've had very few skin issues develop over the years with our team. The Chantilly high school team mops and disinfects the mat before every practice. Kids should always shower immediately after practices and tournaments. Only wrestling shoes should be worn on the mat, not street shoes. If your child shows signs of an issue please see a doctor immediately and let the coaches know.  Any wrestler with visible skin disease will not be able to return to practice or wrestle in a tournament until a doctor fills out this release.


Q: How do I register my child for wrestling?

A: Go to the CYA registration page.

Q: How much does it cost for the season

A:  Each option has a different cost 

  • Future Champions
    • $85 for Session 1
    • $125 for Session 2
    • $189 for Both Sessions
  • Elementary School/Middle Shool Option
    • $125 for Session 1
    • $165 for Session 2
    • $261 for Both Sessions
  • High School Option
    • $125 for Session 1 Only

Q: What does the registration fee cover?

A: The registration fee covers practice sessions per week, an end of season banquet, and all Fairfax County administrative fees. This season, there are no competition fees included in the registration fee.  


Q: Where are practices held?

A: The CYA Fieldhouse. We have built out a wrestling room at the Fieldhouse. You will enter the Fieldhouse, get your temperature taken, take a right, and walk down the hallway. The wrestling room is at the end of the hallway.  


Q: What equipment does my child need for practice?

A: Wrestlers practice in a t-shirt, shorts, headgear and wrestling shoes.  They may not wear any other footwear (including sneakers or tennis shoes) on the wrestling mats.  Wrestlers who have braces must also wear a mouth guard.  

Q: My child can’t make all practices, can he/she still participate?

A: Yes.  Practices are not mandatory but it is highly recommended to attend every practice possible.  As an individual sport, the amount one improves is proportional to the amount of time they practice and spend time on the mat.  


Q: What equipment does my child need for tournaments?

A: All wrestlers must wear wrestling shoes, headgear, and the team singlet. Optional: mouth guard.


Q: What are the weight classes?

A: For the beginner/intermediate tournaments there are no weight classes. After all wrestlers weigh-in, they are grouped with other kids with similar age, experience, and weight.


Q: How many matches will my child wrestle at a tournament?

A: Most wrestlers wrestle two or three matches during a tournament.  However, if there is difficulty pairing your child due to age, weight, and experience, the tournament organizers will ask your permission to move them to a different weight group or age group in order to get them matches.  


Q: Will my child be grouped with more experienced opponents?

A: During the regular season, most first-year wrestlers only get paired with other first-year wrestlers. Experienced wrestlers will only wrestle other experienced wrestlers.  At the end of the year tournaments, all wrestlers will wrestle against one another.  


Q: What are the post-season tournament opportunities?

A: There are several opportunities to wrestle at the end of the wrestling season (TOP Championships, Mason Dixon League Championships, Virginia Kids State Wrestling Championships, etc).  However, these tournaments are not included in the registration fee and you must register individually.  CYA coaches will be present at all post-season tournaments.  


Q: What is the awards banquet?  

A: There will be an awards banquet in March to recognize the hard work of all of the wrestlers.  All wrestlers will receive trophies and additional awards will be presented to specific wrestlers. Details will be sent by the banquet committe at the end of the season.

Q: How do I obtain a competition singlet?

A: Due to COVID-19 safety protocols, all wrestlers will be required to purchase a singlet from the team store this year. Loaner singlets will not be distributed. A link will be sent to purchase singlets. 

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