Read below to learn about upcoming Fall wrestling opportunities as well our plans for this year’s team. We will also be emailing this information out and posting updates on the Facebook page:https://www.facebook.com/VYIFirebirds
Our Vienna Firebirds club has become the preeminent program in the Northern Virginia Wrestling Federation (NVWF), producing dozens of regional champions and high school varsity wrestlers. In 2016-2017 we are going to build on this success and take the program to the next level.
Our goal is to teach and encourage a love for the sport of wrestling - the oldest sport in the world. Wrestling teaches a mental and physical discipline unlike any other sport and establishes character traits and skills that are applicable to all aspects of life and which extend well beyond the years spent on the wrestling mat.
Fall: Getting Ready
The NOVA Wrestling Club (NWC) will provide pre-season wrestling opportunities starting September 1st, and we encourage our veteran Firebirds to participate. NWC will be practicing out of Fairfax HS 2-3 nights per week from September through October. They will also provide a number of exciting tournament opportunities throughout Virginia as well as possible travel tournaments out-of-state (TBD). Participation in NWC is recommended for disciplined, experienced wrestlers who want to get a head start on the season, increase their skill level, and improve their conditioning. There is no formal charge, but a donation of $100 to cover two months of training is suggested. Please click on the link below for more information:
We will be wrestling out of both Madison and Oakton High Schools this year. Registration will be opened fromSeptember 15 through October 31and will be limited to 70 kids. The season runs from November to February, with tournaments from mid-December through February. Tournaments, run by the Northern Virginia Wrestling Federation (NVWF), are held on Sundays, with a large number of regional clubs all converging on a single high school; it’s noisy, chaotic, and a lot of fun.
Two Squads: Tournament and Federation
In order to provide more advanced instruction for experienced grapplers preparing for their transition to High School we will be splitting the kids between younger/less experienced wrestlers (Federation Team) and older/more experienced wrestlers (Tournament Team). The coaching staff will make final decisions as to where a given wrestler will receive the most suitable instruction, but in general kids on the Tournament Team should have 2+ years of experience and be ready for a more intense and disciplined practice schedule. Wrestlers may move between rooms depending on how their season progresses. Last year was the first time we split up and we learned a lot, and we will be applying those lessons this season.
The Tournament Team, under the leadership of Coach Ty Megonigal, will train jointly with wrestlers from the Fairfax Police Youth Club (FPYC). Both the Tournament and Federation teams will be eligible to wrestle at the Sunday NVWF tournaments, with Tournament Team members also having the option of traveling to dual meet tournaments in Pennsylvania, Maryland, and Virginia.
We will be sending out additional information throughout the fall and will schedule an open house for interested families sometime in October. Hope to see you on the mat!
We’re excited about the upcoming season, and hope that you will join us. If you have any questions or comments please don’t hesitate to contact VYI Wrestling Commissioners Bob Allen and Mike Nicholas: