Frequently Asked Questions

Everything you need to know is right here…

How do I join NOVA WC?

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What is the off-season?

Off-season wrestling is from March thru October, and is divided into 3 training cycles: spring, summer, and fall. In-season wrestling is from November thru February.

What's the purpose of off-season training?

A dedicated wrestler does not stop learning and training when the last practice of the season ends.

Can my child play a varsity sport & wrestle in the off-season?

An athlete playing an in-season varsity sport can participate in off-season wrestling training with the permission of his or her head coach.

Is off-season wrestling expensive?

Wrestling is the least expensive sport in Northern Virginia. It’s considered by many to be a “blue collar” sport because all you technically need is a pair of wrestling shoes & a USA Wrestling Card to participate.

A full cycle of spring & summer wrestling (March thru July normally costs around $800-$1000.  A fall training cycle costs around $300-500. These costs include tournament entry fees, training, travel expenses, and camp expenses.

What does my child need to participate?

Your child only needs 2 things to participate in NOVA WC:

  1. USA Wrestling card
  2. Wrestling shoes
Is wrestling safe?

Yes. Several studies have shown that wrestling is safer than many common sports such as football, gymnastics, basketball, and ice hockey. The most important finding in these studies is wrestling’s low percentage of serious, permanent, and life-threatening injuries compared to other sports.

Wrestling is a contact sport and injuries will occur. As would be expected, wrestling has ore injuries than tennis and swimming, but most wrestling injuries are minor, consisting of sprains and strains. Wrestling has fewer serious injuries than football, basketball, or ice hockey. There is a lesser chance of getting seriously hurt when wrestling than when riding a car, skateboarding, or riding a dirt bike. -USA Wrestling

Here are some things that contribute to wrestling’s high safety record:

  • High ratio of officials to athletes (1 for every 2)
  • Competitors are matched by age and weight
  • Greater strength and flexibility as a result of more emphasis on practice and preparation
  • Rules, regulations, and state certified officials


But what about ringworm and other skin infections?

What is ringworm?

  • Ringworm (aka tinea corporis) is a fungus — it’s NOT a worm or parasite as the name implies.
  • It appears as a dime-sized circular ring or rash that can last for days or weeks untreated
  • It is NOT a serious condition, but it can spread fairly easily
  • Referees check for ringworm prior to competition and can disqualify a wrestler without a doctor’s permission if ringworm is found.
  • Ringworm accounts for 90% of the skin conditions in the sport of wrestling
  • Less than 1% of wrestlers will contract ringworm in the course of a season

What if my wrestler has ringworm?

  • Take your wrestler to the doctor to be prescribed anti-fungal medication
  • You can also purchase anti-fungal medication over the counter at a local pharmacy (this is not as effective as prescription medication)

What measures does the coaching staff take to prevent skin diseases?

  • Showering: wrestlers are required to shower after every practice
  • Mat hygiene: the coaching staff clean the wrestling facility 2-times daily
  • Street shoes: the staff does not allow street shoes on the wrestling mats