Skill Level Descriptions

These levels are just basic guidelines. Some wrestlers will be able to advance very quickly based on athletic ability and work ethic. Others may need more time to develop the same skills. Please choose your level based on experience, skill level and success in competition.

Beginner

Starting Point: Where you are
• Anything less than 2 years experience
• No or limited experience and success in competition
• An interest in learning

What to Learn:
• The starting positions, logistics and objectives or an individual bout
• Agility and tumbling exercises
• Stance, Motion, Penetration Step from the Neutral
• Double leg takedown
• Sprawl and cross face
• Stand up
• Waist and Ankle breakdown
• Half Nelson
• Patience, success will come with time on task and hard work

To the Next Level: How to move up
• Practice technique instruction
• Drilling repetition
• Short “live wrestling” situations
• Attend practices one or two times a week

Events/Activities: What you should do
• Find a wrestling club with a program for beginners
• Attend some novice tournaments specifically designed for beginner wrestlers
• Join a local recreation council program

More about the Beginner Level:
• 0-2 years experience and/or limited success in competition.

A beginner is learning the basics of the sport. Beginners often practice one or two nights a week building a foundation of the techniques before starting competition. Practices will consist of technique instruction, drilling repetition, and short “live wrestling” situations. Many programs host novice tournaments specifically designed for beginner wrestlers. Many local recreation councils sponsor beginner wrestling programs. Wrestling clubs also offer programs for beginners.

Intermediate

Starting Point: Where you are
• 3-5 years experience
• Some success in competition
• Have a knowledge of basic technique
• Have a desire to improve

Things to Learn:
• Multiple takedowns
• Counter offense from neutral position
• Multiple moves from bottom and top position
• Technique starts to become natural reaction in live situations
• Be able to handle both disappointment and success in competition

To the Next Level: How to move up
• Expect higher intensity practices
• Attend practices at least 2-3 times per week
• Continued success in competition

Events/Activities: What you should do
• Attend competitions on weekends during the regular season
• Attend some off-season competitions and camps

More about the Intermediate Level:
• 3-5 years experience and/or some success in competition

An intermediate wrestler has a knowledge of basic technique and has experienced marginal success in competition. If you or your child has reached the level of intermediate, prepare for higher intensity practices and potentially a larger time commitment. Practice can be two to three nights per week with options for competitions every weekend during the regular season and most weekends during the off season.

Advanced

Starting Point: Where you are
• 5 or more years of experience
• Frequent success in competition
• Have a strong grasp of the basic techniques
• Have high goals for success and a desire to work to attain these goals

Things to Learn:
• Develop new techniques that compliment your individual strengths
• Repetitive drilling of technique to develop muscle memory
• Implementation of moves should become a reaction rather than a thought during competition
• Be able to link a chain of moves together in a series
• Attend practices 3-5 times per week
• Be able to handle both disappointment and success in competition

Events/Activities: What you should do
• Drill, drill, drill!
• Compete in high level events every weekend possible during regular season
• Travel may be necessary to find adequate competition

More about the Advanced Level:
• 5 or more years of experience and/or frequent success in competition

Advanced wrestlers have a strong grasp of the basic techniques and often work on developing new techniques that complement their individual strengths. Repetitive drilling of technique is a way to develop muscle memory so implementation will become a reaction during competition rather than a thought. Drilling is a large focus of most advanced wrestling practices. Most advanced wrestlers will practice 3-4 nights per week while competing in high level events every weekend. Advanced wrestlers have been known to travel extensively to find adequate competition.