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Q: What is the parent meeting?
A: Its a meet and greet before the season starts. We will have all the coaches there to answer your questions. If you need to bring your wrestler to this meeting, that’s OK but we prefer you did not. It just helps this meeting go quickly with just parents.
Q: When and Where are sign ups?
A: We hold sign ups every year in late October at both Oakville and Mehlville High Schools. This year we will have the sign up on Tuesday and Thursday October 16th and 18th at 6pm-7pm. Watch our Facebook page for updates.
Q: How long is the season
A: We start practicing the first week in November. Tournaments in AAU go from November to March. USA Tournaments go until April.
Q: How much does it cost to have my child in your program?
A: We charge in up front $100 for each wrestler per season. We also hold a separate $100 check that we only cash if you do not volunteer in our annual tournament. As far as tournaments go, each one will have a fee to participate in. Most of them cost $20 and you are not required to wrestle every week.
Q: Can my child try out wrestling before we make a decision?
A: You are more than welcome to try out wrestling. You can sign up and come to practices throughout the month of November. As soon as you sign up, we spend $16 on AAU membership for insurance purposes. After a week or so, if you are still wrestling, we purchase the shirts and other equipment. If you decide to leave after that point, we will deduct the cost of equipment out of the deposit. No refunds after November 30th.
Q: When are the tournaments?
A: Most of the tournaments we attend are AAU Tournaments. They hold them every Sunday in December, January, and February. You get to choose what tournaments to participate in. USA Tournaments are usually on Saturdays and you will get the option to participate in a few of these.
Team MO tries to plan one out of town tournament each season. Usually a weekend stay over a few hours away.
Q: When are the practices?
A: We hold two open practices each week at Mehlville High School Annex Gym. Those are on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6pm-8pm. We also hold advance wrestling practice on Wednesdays.
Q: What is our tournament that we are required to participate in?
A: Our biggest fund raiser each season is our wrestling tournament. We host a tournament every January at Oakville High School. We need volunteers to help keep score, run the concession stand, run the hospitality room, bbq, etc. Our tournament has been growing each year are we usually get over 400 wrestlers. We got nearly 700 wrestlers last year. Our tournament is always on a Sunday at the end of January. If you are unable to help that day, you can send friends and family in your place to help. Our tournament will be Sunday, January 27th, 2019.
Q: Are there any other fund raisers?
A: Besides the initial fee for joining our team and the wrestling tournament, we have 2 other ways we raise money. We always allow sponsors on the back of our t-shirts. If you own a business or know someone who wants to advertise, we only charge a 1 time fee of $200 to be on the back of all of the t-shirts for the season. We also sell TJ’s Pizzas around Thanksgiving.
Q: What do you do with the money you raise?
A: All of the $100 initial fee go towards gear, like t-shirts & other apparel, and memberships to AAU and USA. It also goes towards the banquet at the end of the year. The money we raise from the fund raisers goes towards new coaching equipment, fitness gear, out of town tournaments, and improving our tournament since that is the biggest fund raiser of the year. Our tournament usually cost about $4,000 to put on and we don’t pass any of that to parents or wrestlers.
Q: My child has never wrestled before. Will it be hard for them to win?
A: No, all first year wrestlers only wrestle first year wrestlers, (for the most part). Every tournament is different but most use the same ranking system. That ranking system can be found on AAU.com. But basically, they group wrestlers together by wrestling experience.
Q: Do we need to purchase any equipment?
A: The only equipment that is required are wrestling shoes and headgear. You can usually get shoes for $20-$50 depending on style and headgear usually cost around $20. You child is welcome to wrestle in socks or barefoot until you purchase shoes. If your child will not be participating in tournaments, you will not be required to have headgear, but it’s still recommended.