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WWF Women’s Program Newsletter | 2-2-2017

By TomM February 3, 2017 00:08

WWF Women’s Program Newsletter | 2-2-2017

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Volume 09 | February 2, 2017
 WWF Women’s Program Newsletter
 Upcoming tournaments in February and March, Q&A with the WWF Women’s Director – Pat Kilty, Folkstyle Nationals new location and new weight classes, 2017 Schoolgirls Pan American Team selection process, and February freestyle training.
 Upcoming Girls Tournaments or Tournaments with Girls Divisions
February 4, War of the Roses Tundra Championship, Crivitz High School
 February 5, KWA Bulldog Brawl, 2002-2009 Girls Division, Indian Trail HS, Kenosha
  • No walk-ins, register by 10 pm on Feb 2
  • Weigh-ins are Friday night at Indian Trail HS. If you live too far for weigh ins, register and then message or call Joey Torres​ at 312-989-0603. Give him your daughter’s name, birth year and weight for an honor weigh-in.
  • Almost 30 girls are signed up in the 2002-2009 divisions; will wrestle in afternoon
  • More girls in the 2010 & under coed division; will wrestle in morning
February 11, North Shore Girls Division Open, PreK-8th Grade Girls Division, Proctor MN
 February 12, Wisconsin Girls State Tournament, K-High School, Bradford HS, Kenosha
 March 11, WWF Women`s High School Folkstyle State, Wisconsin Dells
 March 18, WWF Kids Folkstyle Qualifiers at 8 locations statewide, 2009-2002 (8th grade) Girls Division
 March 24-24, WWF Kids State, 2009-2002 (8th grade) Girls Division, Madison
 Participation numbers at recent tourneys:
  • Dec 4, UW-Parkside Youth, Kenosha, K-8th:  31
  • Jan 21, WI Challenge Series Finals, Wausau, high school:  38
  • Jan 22, AWA Winter Classic, Madison, 3rd-8th:  19
  • Jan 28, Wrightstown Youth, Wrightstown, preK-6th:  46 plus 4 in boys brackets
  • Jan 29, War of the Roses, Fennimore, K-high school:  51
 A USA Wrestling Card is required for the listed tournaments, freestyle training sessions, and participation in the WWF programs. Don’t be left out.
Q&A with the Women’s Director – Pat Kilty
   What opportunities are available for my daughter when she reaches Schoolgirl age?

As of 2016, the WWF formally incorporated schoolgirls training alongside the Cadet and Junior National Teams. By providing this opportunity, Wisconsin schoolgirls are exposed to quality training, quality coaches, and great practice partners. These three elements will better prepare them for when they become part of Team Wisconsin.

Why have the WWF fees increased? Is there a financial gain to the WWF?

This year’s cost to be a part of Team WI (Cadet and Juniors) is $550. No other state in the country can match what we offer for that cost.

  • Registration for 3 National tournaments (double registration if Cadet desires to wrestle in both divisions in OKC and Fargo)
  • Hotel cost for those 3 National tournaments which is 10 nights
  • Transportation to and from Fargo
  • Hotel costs for three overnight camps: River Falls, Middleton and River Falls which all adds up to 7 nights
  • High caliber coaches
  • Five training camps:  Wrightstown March 19th, River Falls April 7-9, Wisconsin Dells May 7, Middleton May 12-14, Pre Fargo July 13 -15

The athlete fees do not cover these costs fully. The WWF financially supports both the men’s and the women’s programs. 

When do you foresee Wisconsin implementing High School sanctioned Women’s Wrestling in Wisconsin?

If I was asked this question 2 months ago, I would of told you one year. After much debate and education on the complexity of the process, there are more dynamics then one would think. Our numbers have increased every year that is on record in regards to the amount of girls skin folding for their high school programs. Looking back at the 2014-15 season, Wisconsin had 151 girls skin fold and this year we had 200. The same holds true for our WWF Folkstyle Youth State numbers. In 2010 which was the first year of the WWF’s implementation of the girls division, we had 123 girls compete. Last year, we had 218. We are growing as you can see but we need to grow even more before we can pursue sanctioning.

If growth is what is needed to sanction women’s wrestling in Wisconsin as a high school sport what do we need to do differently?

At the high school level, coaches with female wrestlers need to do a better job of educating their female athletes and parents of the opportunities available to them. Be a coach and an educator. Whether its competing in 2 non-WIAA female wrestling tournaments which is allowed during the season or educating them on what the WWF has to offer with Team WI. Of the 200 girls that skin folded, the 60 plus that are on varsity, and the 30 plus teams with 2 or more females on them, I can honestly say that over half of the 200 have no idea of what’s out there for opportunities.

At the youth level, the WWF is providing great opportunities with folkstyle and freestyle state. Youth tournaments are incorporating more and more all girl opportunities. But we can do better. Starting next year, we will be working with youth clubs directly around the state to incorporate all girls divisions into their youth tournaments. The goal is to target one, maybe two youth tournaments per month and promote girls to wrestle at these venues. We will be very aggressive on getting the information to youth clubs and beyond. Last weekend, Wrightstown implemented this and had 50 girls attend. They also had Team WI ladies reffing. This will also be part of what we offer at the selected youth tournaments.

Does my daughter have to be a part of Team WI to go to the 3 National tournaments?

No. Folkstyle Nationals in Oklahoma City and Girls Nationals/World Team Qualifier in Texas are open tournaments which means you could go to those 2 tournaments on your own. Fargo on the other hand requires you to be a part of your state’s association which in Wisconsin is the WWF.  

What will my daughter get with being involved with the WWF’s Women’s National Team/Team WI that she can’t get with another club? 

Some of the best coaching in the country, excellent practice partners, and training opportunities that are second to none. If your daughter has aspirations to make World Teams, win National Titles, become an All American, or go to college to wrestle, why would you not? We have the tools and resources to help your daughter reach her goals.

Have a schoolgirl, cadet or junior wrestler? Encourage them to sign up for our newsletter. They can be in the know on upcoming training opportunities, tournaments and gear.
Find the link to sign up HERE

 USA Girls Folkstyle Nationals New Location

The venue for USA Girls Folkstyle Nationals has changed to the Cox Convention Center. Lots more seating!

Get to know the arena

 New Weight Classes for OKC and Fargo
Cadet Women (2001-2002)
Weight Classes: 94, 100, 106, 112, 117, 122, 127, 132, 138, 144, 152, 164, 180, 200
Junior Women (Born 9/1/1997 & after, plus enrolled grades 9-12)
Weight Classes: 100, 106, 112, 117, 122, 127, 132, 138, 144, 152, 164, 180, 200, 225
 Team Bus Deposit
 Deposits are due for the bus to Oklahoma. To reserve your seat on the bus, send a check made out to Pat Kilty for $100 per person. The deposit is due NOW. You will be asked to pay the balance ($40-$60 per person) in March. Total expected cost is $140-160 per person.We leave early Wednesday morning (3/22) from Stratford, Tomah and Albert Lea, MN. We depart OKC on Saturday night after Juniors compete.
Pat Kilty
Ep691 Cty Rd P
Stratford WI 54484
 2017 Pan American Schoolgirl Selection Process
Irving, Texas – May 19-21, 2017
 View the pdf to see the team selection process for the 2017 Pan American Schoolgirl Championships. Last year, Kylie Welker of Wisconsin earned a Bronze Medal. The selection will happen at Women’s Nationals (formerly known as Body Bar) in May. Win your schoolgirl bracket in the listed weight classes, make the team. This is a freestyle event.   Pan Am Schoolgirl Selection Process
 February Freestyle Training Sessions (some of the coaches charge $5-10 per practice)
 Southeast at Higher Level WC
 Call for training times/dates
 Jeremy Welker – 262-613-3751
Dean Grobarchik – 262-758-3152
 Southwest at Combat WC
 Feb 26  2:30-4:30 pm
 Central at Ramsey’s Intl School of Wrestling
 Call for training times/dates
 Pat Kilty – 715-572-5888
By TomM February 3, 2017 00:08