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Top 5 Wrestling Club

CWC is one of the biggest and most successful wrestling clubs in Colorado. CWC is nationally accredited by USAW and frequently competes in and has a tremendous amount of success at national tournaments.

All Age & Skill Levels

CWC has teams for kids of all ages, experiences, and skill levels. CWC offers programs for kids aged 4 - 19 years old. Our focus is on developing your child on and off the mat.

501c3 Non-Profit

CWC is a registered non-profit with the sole mission to provide Colorado kids with opportunities for physical, mental, emotional, and social development while enhancing their competitive spirit through the sport of wrestling.

Building Champions

CWC understands the importance of teaching fundamentals at an early age as proper technique is the foundation for future success. We pride ourselves on teaching the sport of wrestling the right way!

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Chaparral Wrestling Club Philosophy

Chaparral Wrestling Club Mission

Chaparral Wrestling Club is a local non-profit youth wrestling club dedicated to providing local youth (ages 3 - 18) opportunities for physical, mental, emotional, and social development through the sport of wrestling. The club comprises the high school team and multiple youth teams ranging from first-year wrestlers to elite-level kids that wrestle year-round, competing across the country.

To accomplish the goals of our athletes, we currently break down our youth club into eight (8) different teams:

  • High School Club Team
  • Elite Youth Travel Team
  • Advanced/Intermediate Youth Team
  • Big Men Team
  • Girls Team
  • Novice Red Team
  • Novice Blue (3-4-year-olds)
  • Novice Blue (5-6-year-olds)

How We Determine The Proper Team For Your Wrestler

After reading the team descriptions for each team, you may see a lot of overlap in age and experience level between teams, which is intentional. Some kids may wrestle for 2-3 years before they are mentally and physically ready to advance teams and begin competing. Others are ready after only a couple of months in the room. Kids mature and develop at different rates, and to get the most out of each kid, and we must remain flexible and adjust to each wrestler.

**The decision on which team your wrestler is most qualified for and belongs on is determined by the CWC coaching staff.**

The input of the parent and the wrestler will be considered, but the ultimate decision on which team is best for your wrestler's development is made by the coaching staff. Wrestlers will advance teams and "test out" throughout the season based on how they progress. Many variables and factors will be considered in determining which team each wrestler belongs on and whether they have mastered the skills necessary to advance teams. The criteria and skills that we evaluate each wrestler on includes, but is not limited to:

  • has the wrestler mastered the fundamental skills, techniques, and movements required to advance to the next level
  • understanding of the rules of the sport
    ability to pay attention and focus at practice
  • attitude on and off the mat
  • consistent attendance at practice
  • attention span
  • coachability
  • ability to be a good practice partner
  • emotional maturity level
  • ability to handle winning and losing
  • do they demonstrate respect at all times to coaches, parents, competitors, and officials
  • ability to push themselves mentally and physically
  • availability of practice partners close to the same age and skill level

You will notice that the win/loss record is not considered in determining what team your child belongs to. At a young age, aggression and athleticism can lead a child to success during competition. But as kids mature, their ability to have prolonged success is based on their ability to use proper technique, control their emotions, have good mat awareness, and develop muscle memory to react without thought. Our club focus is on having fun, instilling a passion for the sport of wrestling in young athletes, and developing your wrestler to be successful in high school and beyond. We have little concern for wins and losses at a young age, and our decision on which team to place your child in will have nothing to do with a win/loss record.

Objectives & Expectations by Team

High School

While CWC is affiliated with Chaparral High School, our club team is made up of high school wrestlers and athletes from across the southern metro area and Douglas County. Our club wrestlers at the high school level practice with our partner club, Black Fox Wrestling Academy in Franktown, CO.

Our high school club team trains year-round as many of our kids have goals of wrestling in college and representing Team USA at international events. To reach that level, we expect our high school-aged club members to travel to national tournaments, wrestle outside the traditional folkstyle season, and consistently seek out the best competition every weekend.

To be the best you have to train with the best and compete with the best!

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Elite Travel

The Elite Team is reserved for youth and middle school wrestlers who consistently seek out the best competition every weekend by traveling across the country and competing in the toughest national tournaments we can find. Our Elite team wrestlers rarely compete at local tournaments, but when they do, they always compete in the advanced bracket and rarely, if ever, lose matches in these local tournaments.

Many of our Elite Youth Team members train year-round and compete in all three styles to enhance their skills and knowledge in the sport of wrestling. Our Elite Team wrestlers at the high school level practice with our partner club, Black Fox Wrestling Academy in Franktown, CO.

Wrestlers must qualify for this team and be placed on this team by both the CWC Head Coach and the Black Fox Head Coach.

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Intermediate / Advanced

The Intermediate / Advanced Team is a combined team that consists of at the Advanced and Intermediate levels. Kids on this team generally have 3+ years of wrestling experience and are beginning to be able to control their emotions and can stay focused for extended periods of time.

Kids will be pushed to test their comfort limits and expand their wrestling arsenal at this level. However, there will remain a strong focus on technique, fundamentals, muscle memory, and mat awareness at these team practices.

This is the level where we will begin preparing the kids to take that next step in terms of competition and success on the mat. Kids at this level will be encouraged to compete as much as they feel comfortable with and with the goal of getting at least 30+ matches during the season

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Big Man

The Big Man team is for kids ages 8-18, with training and technique specialized toward heavier weight classes. Teaching heavier kids the same technique as the smaller or "average" sized kid sets the bigger kids up for failure.

The Big Man Team at CWC focuses on techniques used by heavier weight classes that are frequently different from the lighter weight classes.

This group has specialized training from coaches that have wrestled in the heavier weight classes and understand the differences in style and training at the heavier weights.

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Girls

The Girls Team is our smallest, but fastest growing team in the club. Girls wrestling has experienced great growth in the last five years and we want to keep that momentum going at CWC. We accept girl wrestlers of all ages, experiences, and sizes. Girls wrestling has been sanctioned by CHSAA and we look forward to building a national level girls team at Chaparral.

Our girls team currently practices with Intermediate/Advanced Team, but we soon hope to have enough girl wrestlers in the program to have our own breakout practices for the Girls Team only. Until then, the Girls Team will continue to work with our other team to ensure adequate practice partners and continued development.

 

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Novice Red

The Novice Red Team is our largest and most diverse team when it comes to the age of the kids on this team. Kids on this team must be at least 7 years old, but can be as old as 12 years of age. Many kids on the Red Team are in their first or second year of wrestling and are learning the very basic fundamentals of wrestling.

It is also the team that many kids spend several seasons on before acquiring the technical, emotional, and physical skills necessary to advance to the Intermediate team.

This is the level where we spend a significant amount of time drilling and wrestling live so kids can acquire "a feel" for body position, pressure, balance, and develop the critical muscle memory that is needed to excel in the sport of wrestling.

Participants on this team are discouraged from competing more than once or twice a month, and many kids will not compete at all during their first year on the Novice Red team.

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Novice Blue (5 - 6)

The Novice Blue Team is broken out into two separate teams. One for kids ages 5 - 6 and another for kids ages 3 - 4. This is due to the large difference in focus, attention span, and emotional maturity between the two age groups. Kids at these ages and levels are just being introduced to the sport of wrestling and physical contact.

The Novice Blue (5 - 6) team is our next level of Blue Team kids who often struggle with paying attention or focusing for extended periods of time.

This is the level where we will begin and continue to introduce kids to physical contact, tumbling, body awareness, balance, toe pressure, using their head and hands as the first line of defense, wrestling games, and the basic rules of the sport.

Participants on this team are discouraged from tournament competition, and instead, we will focus on having fun and working toward graduating to the Novice Red Team.

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Novice Blue (3 - 4)

The Novice Blue Team is broken out into two separate teams. One for kids ages 5 - 6 and another for kids ages 3 - 4. This is due to the large difference in focus, attention span, and emotional maturity between the two age groups. Kids at these ages and levels are just being introduced to the sport of wrestling and physical contact.

The Novice Blue (3 - 4) is for our youngest kids who are full of energy and love to rough house.

This is the level where we will begin introducing kids to physical contact, tumbling, body awareness, balance, toe pressure, using their head and hands as the first line of defense, wrestling games, and the basic rules of the sport.

Participants on this team are prohibited from tournament competition, and instead, we will focus on having fun and working toward graduating to the Novice Blue (5 - 6) Team.

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Become a Coach

How to Become a Volunteer Coach for CWC

All Coaches at Chaparral Wrestling Club are volunteer coaches who are USAW certified. CWC requires all coaches to pass a USA Wrestling background check, be SafeSport Trained, and become USAW Wrestling Leader Certified.

If you are interested in becoming a volunteer coach, please reach out to Coach Becker by email at chaparralwrestlingclub@gmail.com.

 

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Contact Info

Nate Becker
CWC Head Wrestling Coach / CWC Vice-President

720.891.0094

chaparralwrestlingclub@gmail.com