About

VIPERS Wrestling, a community based organization with a geographic center in Columbia, it has been a Howard County Parks and Recreation program for over two decades. The Viper's mission is to provide the youth of Howard County the opportunity to experience the great sport of wrestling in a fun, structured, and disciplined program. The VIPERS, which are coached exclusively by volunteers, had 364 kids participate in our 2016-2017 wrestling program. We offered three levels of wrestling: clinic, recreation and travel. The clinic program offers children the opportunity to experience wrestling in a non-competitive environment. The recreation program is semi-competitive, while the travel program offers the best youth wrestling training in Maryland. We teach our wrestlers how to become excellent young adults by instilling the intangibles they will need to excel in life. We concentrate on the things we can control in the wrestling room: effort, discipline, focus, and mental and 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.

 

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

RP5950.601     4-8 yrs     Clinic                           $80       Nov 13, 2017 - Feb 17, 2018

RP5950.611     6-15 yrs    Recreational             $160     Nov 13, 2017 - Feb 17, 2018
UPDATED:10/10/17 (Rec League) - The Howard HS and Glenelg HS teams are full and they are no longer options for requests.

RP5950.621     7-16 yrs    Advanced /Travel     $190      Nov 1, 2017 - Mar 11, 2018

WE WILL UPDATE PRACTICE LOCATIONS, DAYS, AND TIMES ON THE WEBSITE AND SEND OUT AN EMAIL ONCE CONFIRMED. (THEY ARE NOT CONFIRMED FOR THIS YEAR AS WE ARE WAITING ON COACHES AVAILABILITY AND PERMITS FROM SCHOOLS) I LISTED TENTATIVE SITES BELOW, SO DURING REGISTRATION YOU CAN SIMPLY NOTE PREFERENCES.  

We will update this site once they are confirmed. Please also visit www.howardcountywrestling.com

DURING REGISTRATION FOR YOUR CHILD YOU WILL BE ASKED THE QUESTIONS BELOW SO PLEASE BE PREPARED

Clinic, Rec, Travel Questions…

  1. Apparel Size:  Shirt Size, Short Size (Sizes tend to run a little small)
  2. Estimated Weight, height and experience:  Please list
  3. Volunteer Coach:  Are you interested in being a volunteer coach?  Yes/No

If yes please list full name, phone number, email address

Rec Wrestling Question for Team Selection…

  1. Tentative Practice Locations First Preference:
  2. Tentative Practice Locations Second Preference:

 

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Updated 8/29/17 - Summer schedule for Off Season Wrestling

  • Practices at Crazy 88 on Tuesdays are no longer running during the month of August. 
  • Practices will resume on 9/6 at Hammond HS and 9/7 at Oakland Mills HS

 Orange crush meets at Hammond HS and OMHS from March to June and then September to Late October.  The summer months at Crazy 88 are a bonus when we get the space. This year it will be at Crazy 88 1 day a week during the months of June-July. 


Viper's Orange Crush Off-Season Wrestling

When schools are closed to students and teachers, there is no practice but when schools are closed for students but open to teachers, we hold practice.  

If you look at a school calendar from the Howard County Public Schools Website, you will notice there are many days in which kids do not have schools because of professional learning days and it says schools closed for students.

Schools closed for students – We practice
Schools and Offices Closed – No practice

HCPSS School Calendar - CLICK HERE

Registration Fees:

  • Cost:  $99 September to July
  • Cost: $50 September to Late October

Tuesdays and Thursdays at Oakland Mills HS – Auxiliary Gym
Start:  9/12/17
End: Late October
Time:  7:00-8:00pm
Head Coach: Brad Howell & Bobby Farace  


Mondays and Wednesdays at Hammond HS – Wrestling Room
Start:  9/11/17
End: Late October
Time:  7:00-8:00pm
Head Coach: Will Yeo 

WE ARE BEGINNING TO PUT TEAMS TOGETHER!  EACH TEAM WILL NOT TAKE MORE THAN 26 KIDS, SO REGISTER NOW AND PUT IN YOUR TEAM PREFERENCES/REQUESTS.  WE SIMPLY CANNOT HONOR EVERY REQUEST, ESPECIALLY FOR LATE REGISTRANTS.  WE HAVE TO CUT REGISTRATION OFF FOR EACH TEAM ONCE IT FILLS.  I HAVE LISTED THE TENTATIVE TEAMS AND PRACTICE NIGHTS BELOW. 

 Practice Times vary and will be finalized closer to the start of the season.  I listed the tentative times below… We cannot get into the wrestling rooms until the HS Teams are done practicing, therefore each school will vary.

  • Clinic practices are usually 1 hour long and are held between these times:  5:30-7:30pm
  • Rec practices are usually an hour to an hour and a half and are held between these times: 5:30-8:00pm
    • UPDATED 10/10/2017 (Rec League) - The Howard HS and Glenelg HS teams are full and they are no longer options for requests.
  • Travel practices are usually from 6:30-8pm.  We are still confirming the Mon and Wed location as River Hill HS may be a possible new spot.  Friday at OMHS is confirmed.

 

Division

Coach Status

Name

Location

Practice Nights

Clinic

Head

Len Pettiford

Howard HS

Monday

Clinic

Head

Will Filbert

Long Reach HS

Monday

Clinic

Head

Troy Scogland

Marriotts Ridge HS or Glenelg HS

Tuesday

 

 

 

 

 

Rec

Head

Tony Conti

Glenelg HS

M & W

Rec

Head

Adam Eldridge

Howard HS

M & W

Rec

Head

Jim Hulbert

Marriotts Ridge HS

M & W

Rec

Head

Anthony Ahumada

Oakland Mills HS

M & W

Rec

Head

Mark Saylor

Atholton HS

M & W

Rec

Head

Brian Leitzel

Wilde Lake HS

M & W

Rec

Head

Ryan Murphy

Hammond HS

T & Th

Rec

Head

Nathan Piechocki

Long Reach HS

T & Th

 

 

 

 

 

Travel

Co-Head

Brad Howell

Columbia Academy/OMHS

M-W-Fr

Travel

Co-Head

Kurt Tamai

Columbia Academy/OMHS

M-W-Fr

Travel

Co-Head

Bobby Farace

Columbia Academy/OMHS

M-W-Fr

Clinic

Viper's Clinic Wrestling 

  • 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 14-Feb 17
  • Practice Locations Last Year (NOT CONFIRMED FOR THIS YEAR):
    • Atholton HS (Thursdays), Howard HS (Mondays)
    • Practice time is generally 6-7pm, or 6:30-7:30pm

Please visit www.howardcountywrestling.com.  

 

Practice Times vary and will be finalized closer to the start of the season.  I listed the tentative times below… We cannot get into the wrestling rooms until the HS Teams are done practicing, therefore each school will vary.

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

 

Division

Coach Status

Name

Location

Practice Nights

Clinic

Head

Len Pettiford

Howard HS

Monday

Clinic

Head

Will Filbert

Long Reach HS

Monday

Clinic

Head

Troy Scogland

Marriotts Ridge HS or Glenelg HS

Tuesday


 

 

Recreation League

Viper's Recreation League 

  • 6 to 15 year olds
  • Beginner and Intermediate, semi-competitive
  • Practice 2 nights a week
  • 6 to 8 teams – geographically
  • Feed into area high schools
  • Coaches meet once a week to determine fair match-ups
  • Season runs from - Nov 13-Feb 17
  • Meets/ tournaments are held on Saturdays 
  • We will not know the practice days of the week until we confirm coaches’ availability and schedules. This will be early October.


Updated 10/10/2017:
The Howard HS and Glenelg HS teams are full and they are no longer options for requests.


Tentative Practice Schedule. Information below is from last year.

Location:  Practice Night:
 Resevoir High School T & Th
 Marriotts Ridge High School           M & W
 Oakland Mills High School
M & W
 Long Reach High School T & Th
 Glenelg High School T & Th
 Wilde Lake High School M & W
 Howard High School M & W
 Hammond High School T & Th

Please visit www.howardcountywrestling.com.  


Practice Times vary and will be finalized closer to the start of the season.  I listed the tentative times below… We cannot get into the wrestling rooms until the HS Teams are done practicing, therefore each school will vary.

  • Rec practices are usually an hour to an hour and a half and are held between these times: 5:30-8:00pm

 

Division

Coach Status

Name

Location

Practice Nights

Rec

Head

Tony Conti

Glenelg HS

M & W

Rec

Head

Adam Eldridge

Howard HS

M & W

Rec

Head

Jim Hulbert

Marriotts Ridge HS

M & W

Rec

Head

Anthony Ahumada

Oakland Mills HS

M & W

Rec

Head

Mark Saylor

Atholton HS

M & W

Rec

Head

Brian Leitzel

Wilde Lake HS

M & W

Rec

Head

Ryan Murphy

Hammond HS

T & Th

Rec

Head

Nathan Piechocki

Long Reach HS

T & Th

 

 



M & W
M & W

Travel League

Viper's Advanced/Travel League

  • 7 to 16 year olds
  • Advanced, competitive
  • Practice 3 nights week:  M, W, F
  • 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 rare, if any options are out of state they are to PA, DE, VA
  • Meets/ tournaments are held on Saturdays or Sundays
  • Season Runs from November 1-March 11

 

Please visit www.howardcountywrestling.com.  


Travel practices are usually from 6:30-8pm.  We are still confirming the Mon and Wed location as River Hill may be a possible new spot.  Friday at OMHS is confirmed.

 

Division

Coach Status

Name

Location

Practice Nights

Travel

Co-Head

Brad Howell

Columbia Academy (TBD) /OMHS

M-W-Fr

Travel

Co-Head

Kurt Tamai

Columbia Academy (TBD) /OMHS

M-W-Fr

Travel

Co-Head

Bobby Farace

Columbia Academy (TBD) /OMHS

M-W-Fr

Off-Season Wrestling

**Updated 8/29/17 - Summer schedule for Off Season Wrestling

 

·         Practices at Crazy 88 on Tuesdays are no longer running during the month of August. 

·         Practices will resume on 9/6 at Hammond HS and 9/7 at Oakland Mills HS

 

Orange crush meets at Hammond HS and OMHS from March to June and then September to Late October.  The summer months at Crazy 88 are a bonus when we get the space. This year it will be at Crazy 88 1 day a week during the months of June-July.

 

·         Minimum age:  6

·         Max age:  18

·         Cost:  $99 September to July

·         Cost: $50 September to Late October

·         Description:  Learn valuable skills and techniques while participating in the Vipers Orange Crush – Off Season Wrestling.   This program offers an opportunity for beginner and intermediate wrestlers to participate and get ready for next season.  Practices go until the end of the school year and then resume again in September.

·         When schools are closed to students and teachers, there is no practice but when schools are closed for students but open to teachers, we hold practice.  
If you look at a school calendar from the Howard County Public Schools Website, you will notice there are many days in which kids do not have schools because of professional learning days and it says schools closed for students.
Schools closed for students – We practice
Schools and Offices Closed – No practice

 

**THEY CAN ATTEND EITHER LOCATION ONCE THEY REGISTER FOR 1.  THIS GIVES THEM THE OPTION TO ATTEND ON WHATEVER NIGHTS ARE MOST CONVENIENT DURING IN SEASON SPRING SPORTS SCHEDULES.

 

Registration Number:  RP5950.301

  • Tuesdays and Thursdays at Oakland Mills HS – Auxiliary Gym
  • Start:  9/12/17
  • End: Late October
  • 7:00-8:00pm
  • Head Coach – Brad Howell & Bobby Farace

Registration Number:  RP5950.302

  • Mondays and Wednesdays at Hammond HS – Wrestling Room
  • Start:  9/11/17
  • End: Late October
  • 7:00-8:00pm
  • Head Coach – Will Yeo

COACHING Anyone who wants to coach or interested in even stepping on the wrestling mat to assist, must go through certain steps to complete our coaches’ registry.  The process is easy and free. This process must be completed by each coach or parent wanting to assist prior to the start of the first practice.  Once this process is complete each coach will receive a coaching badge, and it should be worn while coaching at practice or a game.  This is for the protection of everyone involved. If you are interested in obtaining this information, please email me, and I will help you with this process. We are always in need of coaches. 

For more information or details:

Please contact Amy Patton at apatton@howardcountymd.gov or 410-313-4718.   Please visit www.howardcountywrestling.com.

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