Beginner/Intermediate/Elite Team:
Beginner must be 8 years old
Elite: 6th grade – 12th grade

November 28th – February 22nd

Tuesdays/Wednesday/Thursdays 6pm-7:30pm

Full payment- $420
Split payment- $225/$225
Gear Pack(required)- $110

Enrollment in Elite Class is based on the following criteria:
1. Must be in 6th-8th Grade.
2. Placement at a state or regional tournaments
3. Knowledge and understanding of Valdez Wrestling techniques and ability to execute during matches.
Previous completion of Valdez Sessions.
4. High School Placement at CIF Tournament
5. Final decision is at the discretion of the Coaching Staff

Wrestling has been in existence for thousands of years, as evidenced by pictures of wrestling techniques inside Egyptian tombs that date back to 3400 B.C. (Fox, 1986). During this time, kings, philosophers, presidents, and commoners have enjoyed the sport. In wrestling, two wrestlers try to pin each others shoulder blades to the ground by unbalancing or controlling their opponent. As with all sports, there are specific rules that guide competition. In many countries, wrestling occurs on an informal basis. In the USA, amateur wrestling is competed in a variety of age groups, ranging from the masters division (ages 35 and older) down to children only 4 years old

The positive impact of wrestling has been noted by many researchers. Carl Gabbard (1978) has asserted that wrestling develops physical elements such as speed, agility, and muscular endurance. He also noted that wrestling helps in the development of self-concept, body awareness, self-control, and sportsmanship. Jarman and Hanley (1983) agree with Gabbard. They noted that wrestling helps develop an individual’s strength, stamina, and flexibility. Additionally, individuals gain mental development through learning different techniques and strategies, as well as acquiring an understanding of the human body and how it works.There is development in the social domain as well, as wrestlers learned to work with others, to interact with an opponent, to respond to authority figures, and to follow rules. Wrestling helps participants grow both emotionally, as they learn to deal with success and failure, and spiritually, as they experience varying stages of courage and perseverance. Wrestling brings together people from all walks of life, striving to be the best they can be. And, most importantly, it’s a fun activity.

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