About

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 apatton@howardcountymd.gov or visit www.howardcountywrestling.com.

Concussion Information | Sudden Cardiac Information | League Refund Policy | Program Status / Inclement Weather Info

 

Vipers – In-Season Wrestling

Information on exact team practice locations, nights, and times will be available in late September 2019

 

Howard County Vipers Wrestling

4-16 yrs / Start dates & prices below

Learn valuable skills and techniques while participating in the Vipers Wrestling Program. The Vipers Program offers an opportunity to compete at a level which best fits each child’s need. Vipers Wrestling offers 4 programming levels. More information on each level in

(1) Clinic for the beginner in a non-competitive environment, one practice perweek, no weekend commitment;

(2) Recreation for both beginners and intermediate level wrestlers in a semi-competitive environment, two per week, matches on Saturdays;

(3) Advanced B Team for wrestlers transitioning from Rec to Advanced for a competitive level between rec and travel, two to three practices per week, matches on Saturdays or Sundays. 

(4) Advanced A Team for a competitive environment, three practices per week, matches on Saturdays or Sundays. 

 

County High Schools / Schools have different days & times / 6-9 PM

RP5950.601     4-8 yrs                         Clinic                 $88      Nov 11-Feb 15

RP5950.611     6-13 yrs                       Recreational    $168    Nov 11-Feb 15

RP5950.621     7-16 yrs                       Advanced B     $195    Nov 1-Mar 15

RP5950.631     7-16 yrs                       Advanced A     $195    Nov 1-Mar 15

 

Info: Amy Patton, 410-313-4718 or apatton@howardcountymd.gov.

Howard County Vipers Wrestling – In-Season Clinic League

MORE DETAILED INFORMATION ON EACH LEVEL OF WRESTLING BELOW

 

  • 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 15
    • WE WILL UPDATE 2019-2020 INFORMATION ON LOCATIONS / COACHES IN LATE SEPTEMBER
    • Practice Locations: 2018-2019 season:

Glenelg HS (Wednesdays), River Hill HS (Thursdays), Howard HS (Mondays), Long Reach HS (Mondays)

  • Clinic practices are usually 1 hour long and are held between these times:  5:30-7:30pm

 

CLINIC TO REC

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 the clinic level already or is at the age where it is recommended he/she move up to the recreation level where they can participate in a semi-competitive environment and gain a better knowledge of the sport of wrestling.  This is only a recommendation and we leave it to the parent to make the decision when their wresters are ready to move up to the next level. 

Howard County Vipers Wrestling – In-Season Recreational League

  • Recreational –
    • 6 to 13 year olds
    • Beginner and Intermediate, semi-competitive
    • Practice 2 nights a week
    • 8 to 10 teams – geographically
    • Feed into area high schools
    • Coaches meet once a week to determine fair match-ups
    • Season runs from - Nov 11-Feb 15
    • Meets/ tournaments are held on Saturdays
    • Rec practices are usually an hour and a half and are held between these times: 6-8:00pm
    • WE WILL UPDATE 2019-2020 INFORMATION ON LOCATIONS / COACHES IN LATE SEPTEMBER
    • Practice Locations: 2018-2019 Season:  Atholton HS, Glenelg HS, Hammond HS, Howard HS, Long Reach HS, Marriott’s Ridge HS, Mt Hebron, Oakland Mills HS, River Hill HS, Wild Lake HS

 

REC TO ADVANCED

This year we are adding a second advanced division to assist wrestlers and families transitioning from rec to advanced.  There will be an option to register for Advanced A or Advanced B.  Advanced B will practice with the A wrestlers, the only difference is that Advanced B wrestlers will be expected to practice 2 times per week, with the third practice optional.  Advanced B wrestlers will also participate in some tournaments geared towards similarly-situated wrestlers in both experience and skill, rather than the higher-level travel tournaments that the Advanced A wrestlers will participate in. Advanced events tend to be more on Sunday, although there will be some on Saturday.  The dual meets tend to be a half day commitment and the tournaments vary between a half day to a full day commitment.  Travel distances to most events other than those at Gary J. Arthur average between 45 minutes and an hour.  For the travel B kids (a new breakdown we are attempting this season), there may be more Saturday events instead of Sundays, because the coaches will be looking for appropriate tournaments for the B kids to participate in.       

We would like to take a minute to explain the differences between REC and Advanced wrestling within the VIPER program so that we may ensure that your wrestler is competing at the appropriate level. VIPER Rec is by far the best incubator for youth wrestling in the State of Maryland. Rec offers superior coaching and competition for beginning to intermediate wrestlers. Our "travel" program is more geared towards teaching your wrestler the skills to succeed in High School and beyond.  The term "travel" is often misunderstood as travel programs in other sports can place a difficult burden on families. We have discussed changing "travel" to just "advanced". We practice 3 nights per week and have tournament and dual meet options on the weekends. We approach competition like a buffet, pick and choose what works for your family's needs. Wrestlers are only required to compete in two separate dual meets over the course of the season to be eligible for the end of year tournament. Most tournaments are within a 45-minute drive. We usually "travel" twice per year, this year likely to Delaware (30 minutes from Salisbury) and either Pennsylvania or Virginia. Again, these are optional tournaments. We do not participate in tournaments that require an overnight stay. Coaches recommend that ANY 7th or 8th grader should be moved to travel, including beginning wrestlers. We've had great success with beginners who have started at travel because of older siblings being part of the program. If your child intends on wrestling in High School, we would like to see them at travel. Further, any wrestler who consistently placed in REC tournaments should consider moving up. All our "ALL-STARS" should be wrestling travel. This is only a recommendation and we leave it to the parent to make the decision when their wresters are ready to move up to the next level. 

Howard County Vipers Wrestling – In-Season Advanced League (Team A & Team B)

  • Advanced (Team A and Team B)
    • 7 to 16 year olds
    • Advanced, competitive
    • Advanced Team B – Practice 2 nights a week and 3 nights as a flexible option.
    • Advanced Team B - level appropriate matches on Saturdays or Sundays
    • Advanced Team A - Practice 3 nights week:  M, W, F 
    • Practice locations 2018-2019 Season (We will update):  Glenelg HS (Mondays), Columbia Academy (Wednesdays), Oakland Mills (Fridays)
    • Practices are from 6:30-8:30pm
    • HS Half the events are team events (dual meets or dual meet tournaments) and half the events are individual tournaments. 
    • Traveling out of state is optional and very very rare, if any options are out of state they are to PA, DE, VA
    • Meets/ tournaments are optional and held on Saturdays or Sundays
    • Season Runs from November 1-March 15

 

REC TO ADVANCED

This year we are adding a second advanced division to assist wrestlers and families transitioning from rec to advanced.  There will be an option to register for Advanced A or Advanced B.  Advanced B will practice with the A wrestlers, the only difference is that Advanced B wrestlers will be expected to practice 2 times per week, with the third practice optional.  Advanced B wrestlers will also participate in some tournaments geared towards similarly-situated wrestlers in both experience and skill, rather than the higher-level travel tournaments that the Advanced A wrestlers will participate in. Advanced events tend to be more on Sunday, although there will be some on Saturday.  The dual meets tend to be a half day commitment and the tournaments vary between a half day to a full day commitment.  Travel distances to most events other than those at Gary J. Arthur average between 45 minutes and an hour.  For the travel B kids (a new breakdown we are attempting this season), there may be more Saturday events instead of Sundays, because the coaches will be looking for appropriate tournaments for the B kids to participate in.            

We would like to take a minute to explain the differences between REC and Advanced wrestling within the VIPER program so that we may ensure that your wrestler is competing at the appropriate level. VIPER Rec is by far the best incubator for youth wrestling in the State of Maryland. Rec offers superior coaching and competition for beginning to intermediate wrestlers. Our "travel" program is more geared towards teaching your wrestler the skills to succeed in High School and beyond.  The term "travel" is often misunderstood as travel programs in other sports can place a difficult burden on families. We have discussed changing "travel" to just "advanced". We practice 3 nights per week and have tournament and dual meet options on the weekends. We approach competition like a buffet, pick and choose what works for your family's needs. Wrestlers are only required to compete in two separate dual meets over the course of the season to be eligible for the end of year tournament. Most tournaments are within a 45-minute drive. We usually "travel" twice per year, this year likely to Delaware (30 minutes from Salisbury) and either Pennsylvania or Virginia. Again, these are optional tournaments. We do not participate in tournaments that require an overnight stay. Coaches recommend that ANY 7th or 8th grader should be moved to travel, including beginning wrestlers. We've had great success with beginners who have started at travel because of older siblings being part of the program. If your child intends on wrestling in High School, we would like to see them at travel. Further, any wrestler who consistently placed in REC tournaments should consider moving up. All our "ALL-STARS" should be wrestling travel. This is only a recommendation and we leave it to the parent to make the decision when their wresters are ready to move up to the next level. 

Howard County Vipers Crush - Off-Season Wrestling

Vipers Crush – Off Season Wrestling

Registration is open

 

Description:  Learn valuable skills and techniques while participating in the Vipers Crush Off-Season Wrestling.   This program offers an opportunity for beginner and intermediate wrestlers to participate and get ready for next season.  Register for the location that is the most convenient and best fit for your child.  Once you register for one location your child can attend other locations that fit within the same age and skill level.  Wrestlers can only attend locations like the one in which they registered.  Age and skill levels are important so everyone can find match-ups on any given night. Summer and Fall Off-Season options will be released later.  All registrants will receive a Vipers Crush T-Shirt.

Sibling Discount:  Must call and register (410-313-7275) and ask for this discount

2nd child = $10

3rd child - $20

4th child and more = $30

 

SUMMER 2019 VIPERS CRUSH OFF-SEASON WRESTLING OPTIONS

 

Hammond HS – Wrestling Room 

  • Program # RP5952.302
  • Level:  Experienced Rec, moving into Advanced, and Highschool
  • Ages:  10-18
  • Start:  6/3
  • End: August 28 (May change days starting again in September)
  • Days:  Mondays and Wednesdays
  • Time:  6:30-8:00pm
  • NO PRACTICE – 7/24, 7/29, 7/31

 

Offerings for off-season wrestling September through early November below

 

Oakland Mills HS – Auxiliary Gym

  • Program # RP5952.301
  • Level:  Experienced Rec, moving into Advanced, and Highschool
  • Ages:  8-18 
  • Start:  TBD
  • End:  TBD
  • Days: Tuesdays and Thursdays
  • Time:  7pm-8pm
  • Head Coach: Brad Howell, Anthony Ahumada
  • Cost:  $39

 

Hammond HS – Wrestling Room  

  • Program # RP5952.302
  • Level:  Experienced Rec, moving into Advanced, and Highschool
  • Ages:  10-18 
  • Start:  TBD
  • End: TBD
  • Days:  Mondays and WEDNESDAYS
  • Time:  6:30-8:00pm
  • THIS LOCATION WILL RUN ALL SUMMER MONDAYS AND WEDNESDAYS
  • Head Coach:  William Yeo, Joseph Killo, Scott Spedden and Jonathan Goodwin
  • Cost:  $39

 

Glenelg HS – Wrestling Room

  • Program # RP5952.303
  • Level:  Experienced Rec, moving into Advanced, and Highschool 
  • Ages: 10-18
  • Start:  TBD 
  • End:  TBD
  • Day:  Wednesdays
  • Time:  6-8pm
  • Head Coach:  Tony Conti, Jason Mackey
  • Cost:  $39

 

Howard HS – Wrestling Room

  • Program # RP5952.311 
  • Level:  Rec Level Wrestling
  • Ages: 8-12
  • Time: 6:30-7:30pm
  • Start date:  TBD
  • End Date:  TBD
  • Day: Tuesdays 
  • Time: 6:30-7:30pm
  • Head Coach: Adam Eldridge, John Povolac, Sam Storrer
  • Cost:  $39

 

Howard HS – Wrestling Room 

  • Program # RP5952.312
  • Level:  Clinic and Rec Level Wrestling 
  • Ages: 4-10
  • Time: 6:30-7:30pm
  • Start date:  TBD
  • End Date:  TBD
  • Day: Mondays 
  • Time: 6:30-7:30pm
  • Head Coach: Will Filbert, Mike Hoppe, Brad Michaels, Sam Storrer
  • Cost:  $39

 

 

River Hill HS – Wrestling Room 

  • Program # RP5952.313 
  • Level:  Clinic and Rec Level Wrestling
  • Ages: 4-10
  • Time: 6-7:30pm
  • Start date:  TBD
  • End Date:  TBD
  • Day: Thursdays 
  • Time: 6-7:30pm
  • Head Coach: Matthew Levine, Chris Walczak, Ankit Joshi
  • Cost:  $39

 

Tournaments