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Vipers Wrestling is a community-based organization with a geographic center in Columbia. It has been a Parks & Recreation program for over two decades. The Vipers' mission is to provide the youth of Howard County with the opportunity to experience the great sport of wrestling in a fun, structured, and disciplined program. The Vipers are coached exclusively by volunteers and 394 kids participated in the 2018-2019 wrestling program. Three levels of wrestling are offered (clinic, recreation and advanced). The clinic program offers children the opportunity to experience wrestling in a non-competitive environment. The recreation program is semi-competitive. The advanced program offers the best youth wrestling training in Maryland. The program concentrates on the things we can control in the wrestling room: effort, discipline, focus, and mental & physical conditioning. It is all summarized in our name: Vipers is an acronym that stands for victory, intensity, pride, endurance, respect and success.

For more information, contact Amy Patton at 410-313-4718 or or visit

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Wrestling Program Updates

Updated September 2020


When can we resume wrestling programs?

Wrestling is listed as a "stage 3 sport" in the Roadmap to Recovery plan.  The State is curretnly in the beginning of Stage 3. The 3 sports highlighed at high contact are still not going to be allowed any more than our current methods with clinic, instructions, and conditioning. This is specifically focused on basketball, tackle football, and wrestling. No changes in the beginning of Stage 3. 


Will coaches be ready once wrestling is allowed?

Coaches have been asked to maintain their coaches registry.


What will happen when wrestling resumes?

We will provide detailed "Return to Play Guidelines" to secure the safety of all athletes. coaches, referees, and spectators.


Do you think any wrestling will be allowed this 2020-2021 year?

Although we do not know when Phase 3 of the State Recovery Plan will go into place, the department is working on some options. The department is optimistic that we will have a wrestling season this year (although modifications will most likely be needed).


Where would practices be held?

We will have more info available once programs resume.


What about Vipers (off-season wrestling)? 

Strength & Conditioning Training may be available this fall.  Information will be made available as soon as this is confirmed.


Can I still sign up for in-season wrestling?

Registration has been postponed until October 1, 2020.


I have equipment (singlet) that I need to return.  What should I do?

Please contact Amy Patton (


If wrestling is allowed, what are your plans?

We are looking into a variety of options for clinic, recreation, advanced, and travel groups.  

Howard County Vipers Wrestling - In-Season Clinic League


RP5950.601 (CLINIC)

The Clinic Glenelg and Long Reach Teams are FULL


  • Clinic -  
    • 4 to 8 year olds
    • Beginner, non- competitive
    • Practice one night a week
    • Basic Skills, fun and games
    • 1 to 2 events and a match at the end of the year
    • Season runs from - Nov 11-Feb 6
    • Clinic practices are usually 1 hour long and are held between these times:  5:30-7:30pm
    • See above for the 2019-2020 Clinic Team list
    • Detailed explanation on each level of wrestling is below



The clinic program is designed as an introduction to the sport of wrestling.  The participants will learn very basic and fundamental moves in a non-competitive environment.  One year at a clinic level is sufficient for a wrestler when being introduced to the sport of wrestling.  Your wrestler has either already participated at