Here’s a list of some of our most common questions.
Can I use different weight classes or age criteria for a member club?
Absolutely. Member clubs can host odd year, league, conference, use different weight classes, etc. Qualifying Tournaments must use the age divisions and weight classes established by the WVYWA.
How do I become a member club?
Complete Appendix J and mail the same with the membership fee to
West Virginia Youth Wrestling Association
P.O. Box 427
Kingwood, WV 26537
How do I establish base weight?
Base weight is the lowest weight class a wrestler can compete in at Regionals and WVYWA State Championships.
Middle school wrestlers do not need to establish base weight at a Qualifying Tournament as their weight is generally managed by WVSSAC rules. For youth wrestlers, a wrestler must wrestle in a Qualifying Tournament to establish base weight. For example, a 9 year old weighs in at 84.2 lbs at a Qualifying Tournament. The wrestler has established his base weight as 9/10 – 85 lbs. The wrestler can wrestle 85 lbs or higher at Regionals but cannot wrestle in a lower weight class.
How do I change my base weight?
You must attend a Qualifying Tournament and make the actual weight with no allowance. In the example above, if the wrestler wants to wrestle 80 lbs at Regionals and WVYWA State Championships, the wrestler must make weight at another Qualifying Tournament with no allowance or file a Petition to Establish Base Weight with their Region Chair in accordance with WVYWA Rules.
How do I host a Qualifying Tournament?
Contact your Region Chair. The WVYWA desires to twelve (12) Qualifying Tournament each year – two (2) in each Region. The WVYWA will strive to make sure that there are not two Qualifying Tournaments on the same weekend to the extent possible and that Qualifying Tournaments are spread around the State.
How do I submit results?
Email a PDF copy of results to firstname.lastname@example.org. The WVYWA also asks that all results be emailed to www.wvmat.com at email@example.com.
What are my responsibilities as a tournament director of a Qualifying Tournament?
Tournament Directors of Qualifying Tournaments should:
- Write down the exact weight of each qualifying wrestler and email the same to the WVYWA.
- Ensure that a 4-U division is at the tournament.
- A completed win/loss bracket should be sent to the WVYWA for seeding purposes.
- Use the WVYWA age divisions and weight classes
- Mail $1.00 per wrestler fee to WVYWA for insurance coverage. For example, if your tournament has 244 wrestlers, the fee would be $244.00.
How do I obtain Proof of Insurance?
Member clubs can request a copy though email at firstname.lastname@example.org and one will be provided to you. This may take a couple of days depending on when the insurance company provides a copy. If you need a particular school listed on the declarations page, you will need to provie the name of the school and street address.
How do I propose a rule change?
Email proposed rule changes to your Region Chair or to the WVYWA at email@example.com.
The WVYWA is establishing a Rules Committee to review and recommend changes to the WVYWA Rules. The WVYWA is looking for one person from each region. This group of six would review the Rules, recommend any proposed changes and assist with drafting revisions as necessary. The BOD hopes that this would be a standing committee that would review the Rules and recommend changes as necessary going forward. Anyone wishing to volunteer for this committee, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. Final selections from volunteers will be selected by the BOD.
How do I post a tournament my club is hosting?
Email a PDF of your entry form to email@example.com to publish it on www.wvmat.com.
In an effort to avoid unintended scheduling conflicts and to allow member clubs to work out any conflicts that may arise, the WVYWA requests that all member clubs post their tournament entry forms by October 1 of each year.
How do I register my wrestler for the Top 100?
How do I know if my wrestlers received an at large bid the to the WVYWA State Championships?
After the Regional Tournaments, the WVYWA gathers the placewinners for each age division, weight class, and Region. The Regional Champs are seeded based upon various criteria such as head to head, overall record, past performance, etc. This is completed by Wednesday night following Regional weekend. The coach of any wrestler receiving an at large bid will be contacted by Friday of the week following Regional weekend.
Do you have an idea how the WVYWA can be improved?
If you have an idea how the WVYWA can improve or how youth wrestling can be improved in West Virginia, we want to hear from you and we want to hear your idea! Send suggestions, comments, ideas to firstname.lastname@example.org.