Monday night the Westsider Wrestling Club had some new participants. 20 players from the UBC Mens Rugby Team came out to train on the mat. Rugby and Wrestling are two sports that share a lot of the same athletic movements and many will argue that the best tacklers often come from a wrestling background. When UBC Head Coach Curry Hitchborn was asked about the experience, this is what he had to say:
“Wrestling and rugby are two sports that go hand in hand. It builds in a level of personal safety and resilience you don’t get it in a lot of sports. I actively recruit athletes with a wrestling background as I know that they will be better suited to the collision aspect of rugby. They are more kinaesthetically aware than a number of their peers as well as exhibit an incredible competitive streak. The work that goes into wrestling training plays a large role in the athletes onfield performance as well. Most often, this shows up in tackling technique, work at the breakdown and the set piece.
Wrestling offers numerous benefits. One being the environment. Being indoors allows for year round training and then the added benefit of working in pairs ensures no one gets lost and all the athletes are seeing tangible, skill building volume through safely engaging in pure competition. The benefits of wrestling are vast and being able to utilise the Westsider Wrestling Club will be essential to our programs overall success for the long term not only by training our current athletes but building in the next generation of future Thunderbirds in the classroom and on the field.”
We are looking forward to seeing more of the UBC Rugby Team wrestling. Hopefully this can be the start of more rugby players at all ages and skill levels taking to the mat.
If you have any questions about this program or Westsider Wrestling club,
you can call 604-779-7472 or email email@example.com or visit
Registration is now open for the 2019 War on the Floor!
In order to participate, all athletes must have a BCWA membership card and must be registered into the tournament by December 12th, 2019 by 6:00 pm in the 2M/Interpodia registration system.
To register an athlete on the 2M Interpodia website, they must first have their BWCA membership and must be affiliated with a team. That means all coaches must complete their team set-up prior to the athlete registration! Once this is complete, click on the link below to register the athlete for the 2019 War on the Floor!
REGISTER HERE :https://2mev.com/#!/events/507-war-on-the-floor-2019
December 13th and 14th (see flyer below for exact times)
Pinetree Secondary School
3000 Pinewood Avenue,
Coquitlam, BC, V3B 7Y7
Technical Package/Event Flyer:
Click on either of the links below to open up either the Novice or Elite technical package for more information on the tournament (daily schedule, weightclasses, etc.)
Still need to Create your Club? Click on the link/blue box below to view the Step by Step guide!
Coaches! Your team must be created on the the 2M/Interpodia system or else your athletes will be unable to register for the War on the Floor, and will be ineligible to compete. Your club is likely already created, but you will need to log on and complete the registration.
BC Wrestling Association recognizes that many coaches may be experiencing difficulties in navigating this new system. Thereby, next week we will be holding open office hours in which coaches may either call in or come in to the BC Wrestling Office to get some hands on help!
For those coaches who are unable to come in, please either call our office or the Interpodia registration database help team:
Interpodia Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Interpodia Phone: 1-866-606-2638
Open Office Hours:
December 9th: 1 pm-7pm
December 10th: 9am-4pm
December 11th: 9am-4pm
December 12th: 9am-4pm
Fortius Burnaby Location
Suite 3014-3713 Kensington Ave Burnaby, BC V5B 0A7
Once at Fortius, you will need clearance to access the office. Thereby, please either email or call our office before arrival!
Email: email@example.com & firstname.lastname@example.org
We look forward to competition day!
The CVWC is excited to host the First Annual Western Canada Wrestling Club Championships. The goal of this tournament is to bring some of the best clubs, wrestlers and coaches together to compete in a high level, multi age and gender tournament in preparation for the Canadian National Championships. And, more importantly, further develop our local, provincial, national and international athletes!
Including an elemenatary, U14, U17, U19 and Adult Division, it is sure to be a fantastic tournament!
Brentwood College School (Main Gymnasium)
2735 Mt Baker Rd, Mill Bay, BC V0R 2P1
Contact: Nick Zuback
See the Technical Package and EVENT REG form below:
Attend the 15th Annual Cougar Invitational!
This is the fifteenth year that the Cowichan Valley has hosted the Cougar Invitational. Every year the number of wrestlers at the tournament has grown from its first year with 61 participants to up to 200 participants. Teams from all over Vancouver Island and a few from the mainland have taken part and we hope to see even more mainland teams this year. This year it's hoped to break the 250 mark!
Saturday, December 7th, 2019
Location: Frances Kelsey Secondary School
Cowichan Valley A, BC, V0R 2P2
Registration from 8:00 am - 9:00 am
Wrestling Starts at 9:30 am
Home Phone: 250-815-0959
Work Phone: 250-746-5919
Entry Fee: $20.00. Please make cheques payable to Cowichan Valley Wrestling Club
Entry: Registration for all divisions is to be done using the new 2M platform. For more information on this, click on "more details" below to view the attachment with detailed instructions. Ifyou have any questions regarding how to register please contact:
Alana Oakes: email@example.com or by phone at 250-723-4209
Richelle Mckenzie: firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 250-735-0354
ALL Registrations must besubmitted by 8pm on Wednesday, December 4th. Any late registrationswill result in a fee of $25 or they may not be able to even wrestle.
Weight Divisions: Note that there will be a 1kg weight allowance. For the elementary division, please email a copy of entry list to email@example.com by 8:00 pm Wed Dec 4th.
Please also include a rating for each athlete (4 = Outstanding; 3 = Good; 2 =Average; 1 = Weak).
E-mail last-minute drops / adds no later than 12:00 noon, Friday, Dec. 4 to firstname.lastname@example.org ABSOLUTELY NO ADDS AFTER NOON FRIDAY!!!
ELEMENTARY BOYS & GIRLS (Gr. 3-6): Weights will bepooled according to exact weight.
JUNIOR BOYS (Gr. 7-9): 35, 38, 41, 45, 48, 51, 54, 57, 60, 63, 66,70, 74, 78, 85+
JUNIOR GIRLS (Gr. 7-9): 34, 37, 40, 43, 47, 51, 54, 57, 60, 64, 69,69+
SENIOR DIVISIONS (Gr. 10-12): Weight classes will be pooled according to exact weight.
*To view the tournament technical package, click on the link below!*
Begin the wrestling season by attending the Fraser Valley Novice (school) Tournament!
When: Friday December 6th, 2019
Time: Registration from 10:00-11:00
Wrestling begins 12:00
Location: Port Moody Secondary School- 300 Albert Street, Port Moody, BC, V3H 2M5
Contact: Gina Carpenter
Registration fee: $15.00 per wrestler. Please make cheques payable to Guilford Park Secondary. Note that wrestlers must be registered members of BCWA and registered with BC School Sports to compete. Undernew BCSS regulations, athletes must compete for their school, as this aschool event.
Weigh-ins: All weights are to be checked and entered on the BCWA website prior to the event. Entries must be made on the BCWA registration website before 8pm on Wednesday, December 4th, 2019
8-10 Boys: 38, 41, 45, 48, 51, 54, 57, 60, 63, 66, 70, 74, 78, 84, 90, 90+kg
11-12 Boys: 45, 48, 51, 54, 57, 60, 63, 66, 70, 74, 78, 84, 90, 110, 110+kg
*8-12 Girls: 40, 43, 47, 51, 54, 57, 60, 64, 69, 75, 75+kg
*Due to historical low turnout, in the girls division, the tournament organizer will combine age groups and create a single girls division unless there are enough wrestlers to create a separate age division for the weight class.
Note that this is strictly a novice tournament. As discussed at the AGM, those athletes who have competed in and won 5 high-school wrestling matches, or those who have had several years of experience (3 years or more) will be ineligible for this tournament. A novice tournament is designed to provide new wrestlers with an opportunity of success. I would ask that coaches keep that in mind when entering athletes, remember that we are trying to encourage growth of our sport.
Click on the link below for more details!
Wrestling practices started this week for teams all over the province. For the Westsider Wrestling Club it was a start of a new season and the start of something entirely new. There was the usual high school practices where the coaches reacquaint themselves with returning wrestlers and meet a new group of bright eyed, mostly grade 8 kids. Those practices are followed up by group after group of elementary wrestlers who are learning a lot about how to move their bodies and play some games. This year, however, they’ve added something new, an adult program. After seeing some photos on Instagram (@westsider_wrestling), we decided to catch up with head coach Chris Thom to find out more about it. Here is what he had to say:
“We’ve been working really hard over the last few years to build the club up. We started from just a handful of high school kids to over a hundred now when you add the elementary and the high school together. It has been a lot of fun and we hope the growth keeps happening. Over the years we have heard from random people and had a few parents ask if there was any way they could do some wrestling too. I had never really heard of any non-competitive wrestling program for anyone older than high school and I really think that has been lacking in the wrestling community. I also thought back about how at SFU I wrestled 149 lbs and now I’m more like 200lbs. Let’s just say that isn’t all muscle and I didn’t get any taller. There’s no better workout than a wrestling practice, so, we started a program. I’m not sure if this is the start of a comeback for me, but we hope the program can grow and at least we will all be getting some exercise.”
Westsider Wrestling Club is based out of Kitsilano Secondary School and is holding the adult practices on Wednesdays from 7:30~8:45pm. The program is fitness based and combines some wrestling movements, resistance drills with partners and some basic technique to make for a great workout. No experience necessary and the first practice is free!
If you have any questions you can call 604-779-7472 or email email@example.com or visit www.westsiderwrestling.com and www.instagram.com/westsider_wrestling
Norgate Elementary School is now pleased to offer a free development wrestling program! This program is being offered for wrestlers in grades 4, 5, 6, & 7.
Headed by coach Rob Smyth, these events will taking place on Nov. 12, 19, 26 and Dec 5 & 10 from 6pm-7:30pm.
Click on the link for details regarding registration:
War on the Floor will take place December 13-14 at Pinetree Secondary School. Please note that all athletes must have a BC Wrestling Membership to compete. Onsite help will be provided the morning of the competition, please arrive 90 minutes early if you require assistance with membership registration.
The technical package for the 2019 War on the Floor is now available. Please click on the link below:
Free Professional Development Event -
Friday October 25th 6-9pm at SFU
Join us for a coaches keynote on "Developing a Coaching Philosophy" and "Weight Cutting Implications with Development Level Wrestlers" and earn 3 professional development points. Whether you have been coaching for 3 days or 30 years this is a great opportunity to earn an easy 3 points towards your NCCP Coaching Certification. Reminder that you need to earn professional development points in order to keep your coaching certification.
There will be a social after the event at ABC Brewing Company in New Westminster, all coaches who attend the event will receive a free drink ticket!
Due to low numbers of people registered for the community coaching clinic unfortunately this clinic will be cancelled. For those thinking of completing the Community Coaching certification you are still able to register for NCCP Part A Wrestling Certification/ Sport Coach. To register for the clinic please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
NCCP Professional Development Opportunity!
Friday October 25th 6-9pm at Simon Fraser University
Join us for a coaches keynote on "Developing a Coaching Philosophy" and "Weight Cutting Implications with Development Level Wrestlers" and earn 3 professional development points.
Whether you have been coaching for 3 days or 30 years this is a great opportunity to earn an easy 3 points towards your NCCP coaching certification. Reminder that you need to earn professional development points in order to keep your coaching certification. And it's FREE!
***We will also be discussing the new registration process using BC Wrestling's new database.
You can register for this event through the link below. You will need your nccp # to register.