Youth Club



             
        

Some topics on this page: 
 ... Summary ... Who we are ... Costs ... Season ... Stay Clean ... Practices ... Weekends ... New Wrestlers ... Essentials ... Shoes ... Clothing ... Head gear ... Mouth Guards ... Nails ... Stay Clean!


SUMMARY:      (New to wrestling? Then read this entire page)

The Youth Club allows ages from 8 years old to 8th grade. (Click here for High School info)

CURIOUS ABOUT JOINING?  NO PRESSURE !

FREE TO TRY.  $125 one-time-fee for the entire season! (Due around September)
Dues per wrestler include short and shirt ...
Practice is every [call or check Facebook for latest] from 6:00pm to ~8:00pm ...

WATCH FIRST IF DESIRED:
Just stop by the A.J. to watch practices! 

CONTACT US:
Email us at RiverdaleRaidersWrestling@gmail.com 
C
all \ Text 863-800-0175 (forwards to our manager Rich Soto)
Their are many ways to stay in contact with us, click here.

SCHEDULE & EVENTS:
Check FACEBOOK for practice dates and other events. Or call. (As of 5/1/2017, we are taking a break and not due to start back up until mid-August at the earliest - However, stay in touch with Facebook!)

COSTS:
$125 per year! (Cash or check) (Try for free)
Their are additional costs - keep reading this whole page for all the details.

SEASON:
The schedule is as flexible as you need it to be!
We try to "go" all year round, but the main season is from September to March.

AAU MEMBERSHIP:
AAU WEBSITE:
Use these codes:                                                                                 Youth Club Sponsor Letter
 Club Name: "Riverdale Wrestling Club".
 Club Code: WW6CWA

OTHER:

We are all coaches. Consider taking this course.
 

► WHO ARE WE?

The Lil Raiders non-profit youth club is an AAU club, formed to promote amateur folkstyle wrestling primarily in the Riverdale area, based at Riverdale High School, for boys & girls of all shapes, sizes & weights from 8 years old to 8th grade. (This isn't the WWE). We are comprised of volunteers dedicated to promoting the sport locally, as well as throughout the Sunshine State.

Head Coach: Dusty Fellows; Riverdale alumni, state champion, MMA combatant.

Manager: Rich Soto ... & assisted by many other volunteers.


► HOW MUCH WILL WRESTLING COST ME?

1 ... AAU COST:
An
AAU membership card is required (paid to AAU Inc., and therefore outside the scope of the Riverdale Wrestling Club). An AAU membership is a one time annual fee of $15 ("Individual Athlete") ... Club "Riverdale Wrestling Club".   Code: WW6CWA

2 ... RIVERDALE COST:
Riverdale Wrestling Club Dues ... $125 for the 2017\2018 season. (~Aug - March)
Cash or Check

3 ... MISC COSTS:
Items such as shoes ($40 & up), head gear ($20 & up), travel costs, match costs (average $15), and 
a scale to keep track of wrestlers weight!. ... Read on ...

► 2017\18 SEASON: (~~August through March)

.... The schedule is as flexible as you need it to be!
.... The season schedule is not set by any one single club. ...Keep reading...
.... TRY IT FOR FREE - Don't worry about immediate costs - We invite you to try multiple practices at no cost.
Unlike some other sports, you aren't held hostage to attendance. Youth wrestlers will not be held back for missing practices, events, etc. Although we strive to attend all events as a full team.

"SEASON" ...

First official school-in-session practice is normally early September ...
... through all various weekend events, leading up to & through the "I Own Florida" winter series ... and concluding with any additional events around March, including multiple state championship level events.

The Florida State AAU "I OWN FLORIDA" Winter Championship Series!
The Youth club's core season is the AAU State Championship series named
"I OWN FLORIDA". Also known as simply "IOF", this multi-week December-January series of tournaments is huge among most Florida wrestlers. And make no mistake, all practices & most other events are essentially warm ups, geared towards being successful throughout the IOF tournament.

"OFF-SEASON"  ...

Generally, wrestling totals about 10 months out of the year. From ~March through August is considered "off-season", which basically includes more "camp" opportunities (i.e. 1-day or multi-day specialized training-sessions) and a variety of other events and practices, all of which have separate costs.
... Wrestling coaches love to remind us that " There is no 'off-season' ".


► STAY CLEAN!

Even though mats are sanitized before and after practices and matches, germs are everywhere as we all know! ... Enter the wrestling room clean, and wipe down and shower as soon as you can afterwards.

RING WORM ... A great prevention is wearing long sleeve clothes. 
Read this link

LYSOL ..... It is a
lways helpful to spray everything before and after working out.

OTHER
... Consider body wipes and pre-match foam. Check this link.


► PRACTICES:

WHEN:

Call for days.  Times are normally 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Check Facebook for more info.

WHERE:

All practices are held 
in "THE A.J." on the campus of Riverdale High School !

AAU MEMBERSHIP
:

An AAU card is required
 for any live wrestling.
Use club name
  "Riverdale Wrestling Club" and code  WW6CWA

NEW WRESTLERS:

Feel free to first stop by & watch, ask questions etc.! Or contact us first.
Brand new wrestlers can practice free with us for "a while" without an AAU card, however, without a card they will not be allowed to "wrestle live". They would only be allowed to work drills and calisthenics.




* PARENTS, SIBLINGS, FANS, PRESS, WRESTLERS *

PLEASE STAY QUIET IN THE A.J. Thank you in advance!
YOU DON'T REALIZE HOW EVEN THE LOW SOUND OF A YOUNGIN'S VIDEO GAME OR MOVIE OR MUSIC CARRIES ONTO THE MATS & DISTRACTS.
.... WRESTLERS NEED TO FOCUS AND CLEARLY HEAR ALL INSTRUCTION.

KEEP MATS CLEAN
.... BY NOT WALKING ON THEM WITH STREET OR DIRTY SHOES.

USE THE CLEANING PADS
.... WRESTLERS .... EVERY TIME BEFORE YOU STEP ON THE MATS, INCLUDING AFTER A WATER OR BATHROOM BREAK ... ALWAYS FIND THE DESIGNATED CLEANING PADS & CLEAN THE BOTTOMS OF YOUR SHOES ... THOROUGHLY !


► WEEKEND EVENTS:


TEAM RIVERDALE:

We push to attend all events as a team. However, you will realize that parents are free to bring their youngsters to any weekend event of their choice (or of course, to none at all). Our coaches plan ahead, as much as their volunteer free time allows them to, and decide which events they would like the team to attend. If the team is not going anywhere on a given Saturday, again, wrestlers are free to go to any event of their choice. We will post and notify you of our targeted events.


ABOUT TOURNAMENTS:

Practices are what Riverdale controls 100%.
Tournaments and weekend events ...
are more dynamic ...

...... Most events are on Saturdays.
...... You are free to attend or not to attend any event.
...... A few are held
at Riverdale High School (hosted by us)
...... Most events are held at other clubs throughout South Florida.
...... The normal driving time to events is between 30 minutes to 3 hours.
...... From clubs down in Naples, over in Homestead, or up past Orlando ... and a select few out of state as well.

...... Events are individually run and managed by the hosting club.
...... Sometimes there are multiple choices for a weekend.
...... Sometimes there are no events for a weekend.


We post our targeted events on our Facebook Youth page.
These two links will list most potential events: AAU and USAW.
We are an AAU club. Although, we sometimes attend USAWrestling events.
.... Attending a USAW event requires a USAW card, but that is rare; no worries.




"ON ANY SATURDAY":


For new parents ...

The general process of a weekend is...


DAYS or THE NIGHT BEFORE...

>  SKIN & NAILS:
    Don't forget to have "clean skin" (no rashes) and those finger nails trimmed.
    You may not be allowed to wrestle if they find ring-worm or long nails.

>  WEIGHT & ENERGY:
    Use your scale to weigh yourself (duh), so you aren't overweight for the bracket you want to wrestle in. If it is a "loose" event, then don't worry about "cutting" weight. WRESTLERS NEED TO FEEL GOOD. Drink plenty of water, be energized, eat properly, get rest, and have fun wrestling!

>  "I FEEL LIKE I'M FORGETTING SOMETHING":
    Pack directions, food, water, membership cards, head-gear, singlet, shoes, cameras, basic-medical-kit (especially nose-bleed sponges, which is rare but more common than any other injury), butt-cushions for the bleachers, (for larger events bring proof of age including report cards), etc. etc. ..... etc.    Ask us if unsure of anything.

>  PROOF OF AGE:
    Middle school wrestlers may be asked to prove (on the spot) their age, via a report card showing their name, grade, school, teacher ... and\or via a copy of their birth certificate. So... have these readily available at all times.


THE DAY OF...


>  WAKE UP EARLY:

    Wake up early to make the weigh-in at the facility.
    Average weigh-in time is 8am. This will be posted well ahead of time.

>  TO EAT BREAKFAST OR NOT:

    
If you care about "making weight", then you'll probably want to eat after weighing in.

>  MATS

    We know it isn't the most practical thing "and everybody does it", but, try and lead the way     by not walking on the wrestling mats with dirty shoes. "See Skins"

>  SIGN UPS:
 

    If it's a light event ... Sign up, pay, & weigh-in as soon as the hosting club allows you to.
    A larger team event ... Find your coach, and weigh in as a team with your team.
    Feel free to sign up for multiple divisions\classes, in order to get more mat time!
    1 is minimum, 2 is normal, 3 is usually the maximum.

>  WARM UPS:

    Once weighed-in, chill and relax, eat if needed, but ...
    PLEASE BE BACK IN TIME TO JOIN THE TEAM IN WARM-UPs.
    Warm-ups will last about 30 minutes ...
    with about a 20 minute window before first matches begin.


>  
WRESTLERS WRESTLE:

    Throughout the day, stay hydrated and well fed, and know when your next match time is.

>  PARENTS PARENT:   ... Be the best friend!

    PARENTS SHOULD ALWAYS BE ENCOURAGING.
    6 THINGS PARENTS CAN SAY TO KIDS .... Have fun. Play hard. I love you. Did you have fun? I'm proud of you. I love watching you compete!
    Let the coach "be the bad guy" in providing the discipline, scrutiny, etc.
    The primary thing is to keep our kids happy with this most challenging sport!
    
Feel free to take video of matches. As always, do not hesitate to ask a lot of questions.

>  VALUABLES:

    It is the wrestlers\parents job to protect all valuables (head gear, singlets etc).


>  THE ANTHEM - The Star-Spangled Banner:

Wrestlers ... in short ... please be quite and respectful;  or, SING and be respectful :-)

In this outstanding country of ours, we are of course free to do as we please, mostly.
However, may we ask...

During a rendition of the national anthem (via 36 U.S.C. 301) ...

When the flag is displayed—

(A) individuals in uniform should give the military salute at the first note of the anthem and maintain that position until the last note;

(B) members of the Armed Forces and veterans who are present but not in uniform may render the military salute in the manner provided for individuals in uniform; and

(C) all other persons present should face the flag and stand at attention with their right hand over the heart, and men not in uniform, if applicable, should remove their headdress with their right hand and hold it at the left shoulder, the hand being over the heart; and

When the flag is not displayed—

(A) all present should face toward the music and act in the same manner they would if the flag were displayed.

Carolina Panthers football player Jeremy Shockey once publicly made it clear how proper etiquette for the singing of the National Anthem is necessary to show respect for the flag & those who fought for it. He criticized several Houston Texan players for not putting their hand over the heart as the National Anthem was performed.

Thank You, All.



>  THE BEAUTY OF BRACKETS...


We won't describe herein, everything their is to describe about brackets, but, here is the most important thing to understand & to lock into your memory banks about the process...

EVEN IF the event is being controlled by high-cost, technologically advanced, bracketing software, with crafty adult wrestling veterans at the helm ... 
BE PROFESSIONAL AND PATIENT if there are mistakes or delays,. etc.  Most workers of the events are volunteering for free. The LAST thing they want is to screw anything up for the kids or for anybody. But, they are human.  Do we need say more?  

The hosting club takes time to put the brackets together for the day, meaning, the start time of the very first match of the day will be announced, but may be delayed a bit. This is the busiest part of the clubs day, and all the volunteers of the club do their best to expedite the process. Be patient & respectful with them.

If it is your very first tournament ever, then ask a coach how the process of brackets work (or how round-robin works in comparison), and how wrestlers find out when their matches are. In general ...

- The hosting club will usually post all brackets on a board somewhere (listings of who wrestles who) ... Sometimes they will begin matches before 100% of the brackets are posted; be patient.

- When ready to begin, the club will announce for everyone to clear the mats.

- They will then announce your wrestlers name. (or follow the instructions they provide)

- When they do, go to the "head table" to find out what mat you will wrestle on. (they may also pre-designate mats for certain ages or weights)

- Then you'll be put into a queue at that mat, which you'll need to pay attention to.

- Based on the days flow, sometimes matches occur almost back to back, and sometimes (especially as the day progresses), their will be a long time in between matches.

... Brackets normally follow either a round-robin or double-elimination format.

... Wrestlers will normally get anywhere from 3 to 6 matches for the day.


>  
COACHES COACH:

    
If wrestlers are wrestling simultaneously on different mats, then sometimes a wrestler won't have a Riverdale coach for that match. Dad can then step in; understand that yelling only goes so far though. Relax. Newbies, please note that there is 1 designated corner of a mat for a wrestlers coaches - and - only 1 coach should be communicating to his wrestler during the match. Also know that opposing coaches have opposing corners to stay in.


>  END of DAY:

    
The day ends around 3pm, give or take hours.
    For home tournaments, if you can help "pack up", we'd appreciate that!


>  
MEDALS ARE ICING. The rest of the cake always tastes great:

    Medals are handed out accordingly. NOT EVERYBODY GETS A MEDAL.
    
We believe one of the beauties of wrestling is that ALL wrestlers, even if they never win a single match, leave feeling well accomplished, because they worked so hard, even if for a few minutes.  If they can put icing on that cake by winning some or all matches, to earn a medal, then that is even better. ONLY THEY KNOW how honestly hard they worked, and ONLY THEY KNOW how much better or worse their opponents felt during a given match ... so ... when they choose again to work, practice or study, THEY WILL KNOW how much effort THEY NEED & WANT to put forth.





TRAVEL COSTS:

... As we strive to attend events as a team, as a non-profit, wrestlers are responsible for traveling to the events by their own means and cost.


EVENT REGISTRATION COSTS:

... Most registration costs run about $20 per wrestler (paid to the organization running the event). Many AAU events do a $15 for 1st class, and $5 for additional classes. So if you only sign up for 1 division (ex. Novice 75 lb), then it costs $15.



OTHER:

We will of course work with you to make sure you have all the info you need for weekend events. PLEASE do not hesitate to ask questions or offer constructive criticism. A great team must communicate thoroughly and effectively!

► NEW WRESTLERS:
Brand new wrestlers can practice with us for a short while without an AAU card, however, they will not be allowed to "wrestle live" during practices; rather they would only be allowed to work drills and calisthenics. Understand that wrestling is an outstanding life-lessons sport because it teaches youngsters how to work smart and hard for success, how to deal with and overcome major adversity and how to manage their emotions. (Expect some crying). ... (Ok, expect possibly a lot of crying. It is very normal - and part of the growing process of becoming a strong person with a strong mindset in life). ... Therefore, beginners may be benefited by "getting in the arena" (wrestling live and in weekend events) as soon as possible, no matter how green they are. "MAT TIME" is IMPORTANT to the beginner, as it sets straight with them exactly what needs to be done during practice. ... Also, remember the general golden rule > Let coach be the "bad guy" with the selective discipline etc.; it is the parents job to be nothing but ENCOURAGING at all times.

WATCH: THE LITTLE WRESTLER


Ah, the passion of a come-from-behind victory! ....


ESSENTIALS:

AAU CARD: ...
Club Name: "Riverdale Wrestling Club". ... Club Code: WW6CWA
Click this link for an AAU card which is required. "Individual Athlete" is ~$15
Brand new wrestlers can practice with us for a short while without an AAU card, however, they will not be allowed to "wrestle live" during practices; rather they would only be allowed to work drills and calisthenics.

SHOES:

For absolute beginners during practice, socks are okay. Wrestling shoes can be purchased from local sporting goods stores or online.
 You generally want to buy a size slightly bigger than normal, especially because most wrestlers wear semi-thick calf-height socks (not to mention that kids typically refuse to stop growing; they're so stubborn sometimes). Ask us for info if you are unsure. We also have some shoes to borrow at the A.J.
("Skins" are optional. They help keep things sanitary: The rule of thumb is to ONLY TREAD ON WRESTLING MATS WITH CLEAN WRESTLING SHOES).

CLOTHING:

Wrestlers wear tight clothes (singlets) for safety, performance & sanitary reasons.

...For practices, wrestlers should consider wearing sweat pants and long sleeve compression shirts. But shorts and t-shirt is okay too. Always check for ring-worm - Catch it early!

...For weekend matches, the same tight clothes can be worn, but wrestlers will eventually wish to own a "singlet". It's rare that an event requires one...
WHEN WE TRAVEL AS A TEAM, WRESTLERS MUST WEAR A RIVERDALE SINGLET (even though your custom singlet is really cool!) and we will have Riverdale-branded singlets to LEND; ask us about purchasing them
.

HEAD GEAR:

Beginners don't need head gear. However, we strongly suggest purchasing head-gear.
Some events will REQUIRE head gear, and some coaches require them for practice. Do a Google search for "wrestling headgear", or ask us.

MOUTH GUARDS:
Mouth guards are only required for braces.

TRIMMED NAILS:
Some weigh ins will check for finger nail length before allowing entry (ie: scratching).

On the day of an event:

... Wrestlers will have their skin checked for infections, ring worm, etc. 
... Wrestlers will have their finger nails checked.
... Middle school wrestlers may be asked to prove (on the spot) their age, via a report card showing their name, grade, school, teacher ... and\or via a copy of their birth certificate. So... have these readily available at all times.



► STAY CLEAN!

Even though mats are sanitized before and after practices and matches, germs are crafty buggers as we all know!
ENTER the wrestling room clean, and shower as soon as you can afterwards.
LOTRIMIN ... Read this link. A great prevention is to wear long sleeve pants\shirts.
LYSOL ........ It is a
lways helpful to give a quick spray on everything after working out.
Consider body wipes also. And pre-match guard spray.

LASTLY ..... There are the outside-of-wrestling group events, which vary. This includes normally an end of year party!  WE ENJOY THE FRUITS OF OUR LABOR! ;-)

 

"Success" = "Constant and Never-ending Improvement" ... "
Kaizen".
Wrestling is an outstanding vehicle, a polarizing journey, through which children will learn valuable life lessons.
We strive to develop life-long champions focusing on CHARACTER & INTEGRITY, commitment, health, & of course skill development.

THANK YOU IN ADVANCE FOR YOUR DONATION (501c3)
"Riverdale High School All Sports Boosters Club Inc."


https://sites.google.com/site/riverdaleraiderswrestling/RDW-letter.pdf




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Finishing on top is the goal, of course ... But lest forget ... "The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena ... whose face is marred by dust or sweat or blood or tears, who strives valiantly, who comes up short again and again, who knows the great enthusiams, the great devotions, who spends himself for a worthy cause ... who, at the best, knows the triumph of high achievement, and who, at the worst, if he fails, at least he fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat." -TR