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 firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.howardcountywrestling.com.
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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 Elementary (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 Middle (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 Elementary (B) $195 Nov 1-Mar 15
RP5950.631 7-16 yrs Advanced Middle (A) $195 Nov 1-Mar 15
Info: Amy Patton, 410-313-4718 or email@example.com.
MORE DETAILED INFORMATION ON EACH LEVEL OF WRESTLING BELOW
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 HIGH SCHOOL TEAM IS FULL - No further request accepted.
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 Middle (A) or Advanced Elementary (B). Advanced Elementary will practice with the Advanced Middle wrestlers on Fridays throughout the season. Advanced Elementary 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 Middle 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 Advanced Elementary 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 Elementary 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.
Details and more clarification on Advanced A and Advanced B Team:
Advanced A Team is for middle school wrestlers and Advanced B is for Elementary aged wrestlers. We prefer that you register this way, but if you are confident that your child should be on a certain team, go ahead and register for what you prefer. The coaches and parents will determine the best fit for each child. The Advanced Elementary Team was created to help bridge the gap between Rec and Advanced.
The very first practice on November 1 and on Fridays, both teams will practice together. However, on Mondays and Wednesdays the teams will practice at different locations. Please always pay attention to the Shutterfly calendar, because you will notice the first two weeks of practice will be different then the remainder of the season.
Main locations for practice:
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.
Important: If you already registered for Spring or summer off-season wrestling, you DO NOT need to re-register for these offerings below. Anyone who did not register (at a reduced rate) for spring or summer off-season wrestling must register before attending these Fall options.
Offerings for off-season wrestling September through early November below
Oakland Mills HS – Auxiliary Gym
Hammond HS – Wrestling Room
Howard HS – Wrestling Room
Howard HS – Wrestling Room
River Hill HS – Wrestling Room
For more information or details:
Please contact Amy Patton at firstname.lastname@example.org or 410-313-4718.
Please visit https://www.howardcountymd.gov/wrestling
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