Please see the about tab for full details. We require a deeper commitment from parents and athletes than a rec club.
We have 2 seasons. Folkstyle, which runs from October - February, and Freestyle/Greco-Roman, which runs from February – May. See the schedule for up to date info.
We do keep practicing after the State Championships for those participating in Regional and National tournaments.
Novice group is for beginners with little or no wrestling experience, with two 45 minute practices a week. Our Novice Group will be taught and practice the fundamentals of wrestling to compete in tournaments.
Ages vary, wrestlers can start as early as age 3 or 4, but they must be able to keep up with the group and follow structured directions. If you are unsure if your child will be able to follow practice structure, you can register to assure a spot on the roster and you will have two weeks to receive a full refund if your child is not quite ready.
Regardless of age, we require all members to participate in tournaments. If you are in middle school and new to wrestling, we may ask you to register for the Novice Group and try both Novice and Advance practices to see where you are better fit (to make sure you have a wrestling partner fit for you based on age/weight and learning ability). If wrestlers move up to Advance, you will pay the difference in cost. High School Wrestlers please see below.
Advanced group is by coach invite only (unless you are in high school, see below). The advanced group will have three practices a week (5 hours total).
Advanced wrestling is for the experienced wrestler. Our advanced wrestlers will have a more intense focus where competition is the motivation. This is for the serious wrestler who accepts being pushed to their full potential. Participation in tournaments and the WA State Championship is required and Regional and National Tournaments are highly encouraged.
You will be wrestling with the Advance Group.
Folkstyle - If you are in High School, please sign up for our High School Group if you will be participating in High School Wrestling and only participating at practices for a few weeks prior to the start of your high school wrestling season and on a minimum basis. If you are planning on participating in High School Wrestling and Advanced Practices on a regular basis, please sign up for the Advance Group.
Freestyle/Greco - please sign up for the Advance Group. Please let us know if you have any further questions after reading the above information and after reading over each tab of our website.
When registration is open, please tap the 'Register' button on the home page or at the top of this page.
You will be taken to a service called WrestlingIQ, which handles our collecting registration info and payments. You will be able to use WrestlingIQ after registration to be notified of any practice changes, message coaches, and upload videos of your child's matches.
Yes, all wrestlers are required to have a USA wrestling card before participating or trying out a practice. Please purchase at usawmembership.com before registering or participating in a practice.
Chain Wrestling gives a limited number of full or partial, need-based scholarships each season to allow young men and women who otherwise would not have the opportunity to participate in youth wresting.
As a condition of the scholarship, participants must attend MORE than 50% of practices, attend MORE than 50% of tournaments, and contribute to fundraising efforts. As a condition of the scholarship, the participant and/or parent/guardian must perform 10 hours of volunteer service to Chain Wrestling. This can be in the form of cleaning mats or facility, running a time/score table at a Chain Tournament or State Tournament, or other duties suggested throughout the season.
To inquire about a scholarship for your child please contact us.
If you would like to come and watch a practice before deciding to join the club, you are more than welcome. If you would like your child to try a practice before registering, they may join one practice free of charge, but you must still purchase a USA wrestling card and we will not hold a spot for your child unless they are registered. Wrestlers have 2 weeks from the start of practice to receive a full refund, after two weeks no refunds will be administered.
All wrestlers must have a valid USA wrestling card before participating in a practice.
Please arrive and leave on time for all practices.
We have a gate leading to the property that must remain shut 10 minutes before and after all practice start times.
We require all wrestlers regardless of age to participate in tournaments. Tournaments are like our games, you would not sign up your child for baseball and not show up to the games, so we require you to participate in tournaments.
Wrestling is a team sport as much as it is an individual sport. During each tournament team points are calculated for each club and awards are often given to the top 3 clubs. But most importantly, during a tournament is where your child will learn valuable skills through competition. Folkstyle we have the WWKWL tournaments for beginner wrestlers with 2 years or less experience, and USA open tournaments for Novice and Advanced wrestlers. Freestyle and Greco we have only USA open tournaments.
Our club resides in a barn rented out from Carnation Farms.
It is up to every Chain Wrestling member and family to follow these important rules to ensure the safety of your child and maintain the upkeeping of the property and equipment of Chain Wrestling and Carnation Farms. We need everyone to participate in making our club a safe and enjoyable environment.
The Chain Barn is on the property of Carnation Farms.
The street that leads up to the barn, the barn itself, and the parking areas next to the barn are the only areas allowed to be used by the public.
No one is to go outside of these areas based on our rental agreement with Carnation Farms. If you see someone breaking these rules, please report to a coach, board member, or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
We strongly encourage your child to bring a reusable water bottle to practice. We have a filtered water station available to fill up with water. This water is to be used for drinking water, please do not abuse it as it is provided by Chain Wrestling (no water fights, pouring out, etc.).
Chain Wrestling cleans the mats after each practice, but we need each wrestler and family member to do your part in keeping infections and germs off the mat.
Do not wear street shoes on the mat! This includes wrestlers, parents, and siblings! This increases risk of infection.
Clean your wrestling shoes every time you step onto the mat. There will be a cleaning mat with cleaning solution to clean your wresting shoes. If it is out of cleaner, tell a coach to refill it before stepping on the mat.
No street shoes are allowed on the mats. Make sure your child comes in street shoes and changes to their wrestling shoes inside the barn. No wrestling should should be worn outside. This helps prevent germs and diseases that can be transferred to the mat. If your child needs to use the restroom, they need to take off their shoes to do so. It may seem like a hassle, but if a child misses, and your child steps in it, then gets on the mat... you get the point.
Parents, please take off your shoes before stepping on the mats. We have cubbies you can put your shoes in.
Have trimmed nails! Not only can they hurt your wrestling partner, they carry germs under the nails.
If you have a suspected infection on your skin, get checked out by the doctor before stepping on the mat. If it is contagious, DO NOT WRESTLE!
Follow your doctor’s instructions and inform a coach. Clear it with the coach before returning to the mat.
If ANYONE is sick, stay off the mat, and stay home!
Germs spread quickly, and it is better that you or your child recovers rather than spreading it to the whole club. Missing a few days of practice is better than sharing it with the entire club, and possibly having the germs come back to you again. If you have a fever, throwing up, diarrhea, or prescribed an antibiotic, please do not return to the practice facility until 24 hours after your last symptom or first antibiotic dose.
If you need to go outside or use the bathroom, take off your wrestling shoes and put on street shoes. Please try and use the bathroom before practice starts and before you put on your wrestling shoes. Use the hand sanitizer in the bathroom and rub your hands together, covering all surfaces of both hands, including between your fingers and up around your fingertips and nails, let dry for 30 seconds before entering the mat. If you have a wrestling bag/gym bag, do not store your wrestling shoes next to your outdoor shoes! Outdoor shoes carry many germs.
Please talk to your child about keeping the restroom clean. If you have a small child, please monitor them and clean up after them if an accident happens. And make sure EVERYONE uses the hand sanitizer. We get it serviced every month. Please talk to your child about making sure there is paper before they use it! If the paper is out or the hand sanitizer, please tell a coach or board member.
There is a lot of Chain wrestling equipment around the barn. Do not touch the equiment unless given permission by a coach. This includes small children. No one should be playing with the equipment, no matter where it is.
Please help keep our barn clean and tidy by cleaning up your area before you leave practice each night. We have 2 main garbage cans in the Chain facility. Please throw away any trash into these cans that may accumulate during practice. Please talk to your child about throwing away their own trash, including water bottles! Please do not liter outside.
We understand that there will be small children present during your child’s practice. However, they need to follow the same rules as everyone else to assure their safety and to assure practice runs as smoothly as possible.
They should not step on the mats with their shoes on. To prevent your child from stepping on the mat, you can take off their shoes in the barn and place them in a cubby. Please do not have your child play on the mats during practice, even if your small child has their shoes off, they can still spread germs through dirty hands, nails, and runny noses. Please assist your small child when using the bathroom and clean up after them if need be. Clean up any mess they might make while they are playing.
Please do not allow your child to play with any of the chain equipment in any areas inside or outside of the barn. The upstairs and downstairs are areas for families to watch their child wrestle. Please do not have your child run, climb, or scream in the building. It makes it hard for the wrestlers to hear the coaches, and we need to respect our equipment (railings, stairs, wrestling equipment, couches, etc)
Please have your child arrive on time and ready for practice. If you are dropping off your child, please make sure we have an updated contact number in case of an emergency. If picking up your child, please arrive 10 minutes before the end of practice.
We accumulate many items that are left in the barn such as reusable water bottles, clothes, and wrestling gear. Please check the lost and found daily. We will get rid of stuff periodically, and email will be sent before we do so.
Please have quiet conversations when talking with other adults and refrain you child from yelling of screaming during practice. This is distracting to the coaches and wrestlers.
No drugs, alcohol, or paraphernalia is allowed in or on the property during practice hours. There may be family BBQ’s in the season where alcohol is permitted, but only when authorization is given.
Only the coaches and board members have access to the gate code. Please make sure you and your child bring home all your belongings at the end of practice. All of us have day jobs so you will not be able to get your items until the next practice. Carnation Farms has strict rules who can be on the property, especially non-wrestling hours. There must be a coach or board member with you at all times at the barn.
There are different divisions for your age category. This is based on your birthday.
Divisions are: Peewees, Bantams, Intermediates, Novice, Schoolboy, Cadet, Junior, and Senior. Check out your division here.
Your child will wrestle in the weight bracket that is rounded up from their weight. For example, weight brackets of 95lb or 100lbs, your child will wrestle in the 100lb weight bracket if he/she weighs 95.1lbs – 100lbs. Check out weight brackets based on your age division here.
You have the option of wrestling up a weight class in most tournaments, but you cannot wrestle down. You have the option of wrestling in two weight brackets, but it must be your current weight bracket and the weight bracket above. Some wrestlers do this if they have few people in their brackets. You will have to pay for both weight brackets if you choose to do this.
Most registration times are from 7am – 8am at the gym area of the hosting school. Get there as close to 7am as possible (especially if you are close on making weight!). It is a good idea to pre-register for all the tournaments posted on the Chain wrestling schedule ahead of time. It is free for most regular season tournaments, and it saves you $5. Most tournaments are $20 if you pre-register.
Registration pre-registered - you will walk into the registration area into the line with the letter of your last name. You must have your USA wrestling card present, and you will pay here. Once you’ve paid, they will give you a weigh-in card, take this card and your USA wrestling card and proceed to weigh-ins.
Registration NOT pre-registered - If you are NOT pre-registered, you will have to sign up in the walk-ins line (there is only one line for this). You must have your USA wrestling card present. You will pay an extra $5. Once you’ve paid, they will give you a weigh-in card, take this card and your USA wrestling card and proceed to weigh-ins.
After registration, you will proceed to the weigh-ins area. There is usually a sign that will direct you. You will need your nails trimmed, skin free of infections, and in a singlet only (no socks, shorts, etc). A girl may have on a sports bra/shirt under her singlet. You must present your USA wrestling card, and the card given to you at registration. If you are un-sure of your weight, use the check scale first!
Once you weigh-in and they write the number on your arm, you CANNOT re-way in. Once you are finished weighing-in, eat breakfast and be back in the gym 40 minutes before start time which is usually 10am for regular tournaments. If you are going out to breakfast, find out where the team is sitting in the gym, and save a seat with a blanket first! The gym gets crowded fast!
Have on your wrestling shoes and be on the mat 30 minutes before the start of the tournament. Find your teammates, stretch and practice drilling. Coaches encourage you to wear a hooded sweatshirt to keep your muscles warm.
Once the announcement is made to clear the mats, brackets will be posted outside the gym area on paper. You can also follow the brackets/bout number on the track wrestling mobile web site. Please see the section below titled ‘Track Wrestling’ for information how to use this. Please also see the ‘Brackets’ section on how brackets work.
On your child’s bracket, you will look at the bout number posted next to your child’s name and their opponents. This is the bout number they will wrestle. You can track your bout number by looking at the big screens placed in or outside of the gym, or you can follow on track wrestling. Once the bout number is posted on the big screen or track wrestling, it will give you the mat number.
It is your responsibility to get your child to the mat and find a coach.
Only your child can go the mat. Parents are not allowed to go to mat area unless they have a USA wrestling coaches card (can be purchased at https://www.usawmembership.com/). Any parent can get this card, however once on the mat you are representing chain wrestling and you must be respectful to your child, referees, and opponent at all times.
If there is not a coach present, you can ask the mat to call for a coach, but before your child goes to the mat, it is better if they find a coach and let them know what mat they are on. We ask that you do not coach another child unless a coach has given you permission to do so.
Most tournaments medal to 3rd place. If your child did not place, you are free to leave. If you did place, you will need to wait for the announcers to call your weight/age bracket up to receive your medals. It is encouraged to wait until the end of the tournament to cheer on your teammates.
Track wrestling mobile is the most common use by parents, coaches, and wrestlers during the season at tournaments.
Track Wrestling turns your traditional paper bout sheet event to a completely electronic event with computers at each mat. This website allows us to integrate with score clocks, jumbotrons, ribbon boards, video feeds, etc. By running the event through track wrestling, the information is available live online for people who want to follow along. Most people, including coaches, use this on their phones to track which wrestlers they have at each mat. Parents and wrestlers use this to follow what mat their kid will be at. Friends and relatives that are not able to make a meet, can follow from afar!
Trackcast is available at selected tournaments such as duals, regionals, and national events. Available with a fee of $14.99, you can watch your child’s match, and any match during the event live. Once you purchase trackcast for your event, you will be able to go back and watch as many times as you wish! This is also a great way for friends and relatives to follow along!
Wrestlers in the Trackwrestling system are assigned profiles that track their careers, accomplishments, and more. In addition to wrestler stats, you can upload a photo to their profile which helps athletes, fans, and coaches put a face to the wrestler. You can track your wrestler, and their opponents!
Brackets will be posted outside the gym on the wall in order of age, starting with peewees and ending in Seniors.
If there are more than 5 kids in a bracket, it will look like this:
Bracket title: You will find the name of the tournament on the top left, and the age division with the weight category on the top right.
First bouts: There will only be names in the rectangles with the bout numbers to begin.
Winners bracket: If your child wins, they will move to the right-hand side which is called the winners bracket.
Losers bracket: If your child loses, they will move to the left-hand side which is called the losers bracket.
Semi-finals: If you keep winning, there will be 4 wrestlers on the right-hand side of the bracket remaining, this is called the semi-finals.
Finals: When there are two wrestlers left on the right-hand side, this is called the finals.
True second: If you lose your finals match, you will be put down into the second-place match bracket. You will have to wrestle the 3rd place winner for ‘true second’ IF YOU DID NOT DEFEAT THEM PREVIOUSLY IN THE DAY. If you already beat them, you take second place based on rule.
Double Elimination: ONCE YOU LOSE TWICE, YOU ARE ELIMINATED FROM THE BRACKET, CALLED DOUBLE-ELIMINATION. (For bigger tournaments that place to higher than 4, you may wrestle again, make sure your name is not on the board before you leave!)
Scoring: Scoring is written under the name of the wrestler. TF is a tech fall, Fall is a pin, and Dec is decision, FF is forfeit, and Inj: means there was a win based on injury.
A round robin bracket usually takes place when there are 5 or less wrestlers in your bracket.
Rounds: In a round robin, you will have as many rounds as there are wrestlers. You will wrestle each round (with one round being a bye).
Placing: The wrestler with the most wins from each rounds wins. The wrestler with the second most wins takes second, etc.
2 Man bracket: If there are only two wrestlers in a bracket, the best out of 3 rounds wins, if you win or lose the first two, then there will not be a third round based on rule.
Placings: Even though it shows placings past third place, only the top 3 will receive a medal.
Bout numbers: You will look at the bout number posted in the middle of your child’s name and their opponents. This is the bout number they will wrestle. You can track your bout number by looking at the big screens placed in or outside of the gym, or you can follow on track wrestling (see track wrestling tab). Once the bout number is posted on the screen or track wrestling, it will give you the mat number. It is your responsibility to get your child to the mat and find a coach.
WWKWL stands for Western Washington Kids Wrestling League.
WWKWL is only for new wrestlers with less than two years wrestling experience.
You are required to read and understand the WWKWL guidelines before participating in a wwkwl tournament, please see the guidelines below under 'WWKWL Guidelines'.
You must have permission from your club before participating in a WWKWL Tournament. If you have any questions, please email email@example.com
There are different divisions for your age category. This is based on your birthday.
WWKWL divisions only go up to the 14U division.
Divisions are: Fly, 8U, 10U, 12U, 14U.
Weight brackets for WWKWL vary from USA open tournaments since they bracket everyone into 4’s. You will have 4 people with-in about 5lbs of your son/daughters weight. Check out your USA open weight brackets for an estimate here.
*You cannot wrestle up a weight class in WWKWL (option in USA open tournaments only). *You cannot wrestle in more than one weight brackets (option in USA open tournaments only).
At the beginning of each new season, a point of contact from Chain Wrestling enters all WWKWL participants into the system for the entire year. You will have received an email verifying you are on the list, if you have not, contact chain wrestling at firstname.lastname@example.org make sure your child is registered before you attend a WWKWL tournament.
You will need to arrive at the tournament location from 7am – 8am at the gym area of the hosting school. Get there as close to 7am as possible, doors close at 8am sharp! You will need to stand in the line with the letter of your child’s last name to pay the $20 and receive your weigh in card. (DON’T LOSE THIS!!!)
After registration, you will proceed to the weigh-ins area. There is usually a sign that will direct you. You will need your nails trimmed, skin free of infections, and in a singlet only (no socks, shorts, etc). A girl may have on a sports bra/shirt under her singlet.
You must present you USA wrestling card, and the card given to you at registration. If you are un-sure of your weight, you may use the check scale first! Once you weigh-in and they write the number on your arm, you CANNOT re-weigh in. Once you are finished weighing-in, eat breakfast and be back in the gym 40 minutes before start time which is usually 10am for regular tournaments. If you are going out to breakfast, find out where the team is sitting in the gym, and save a seat with a blanket first! The gym gets crowded fast!
Have on your wrestling shoes and be on the mat 30 minutes before the start of the tournament. Find your teammates/coaches, stretch and practice drilling. Coaches encourage you to wear a hooded sweatshirt to keep your muscles warm.
Once the announcement is made to clear the mats, brackets will be posted outside the gym area on paper. You can also follow the brackets/bout number on the track wrestling mobile web site. Please see the section ‘TrackWrestling Info’ for information how to use this. Please also see the ‘Brackets’ section on how brackets work.
On your child’s bracket is posted, you will look at the bout number posted next to your child’s name and their opponents. This is the bout number they will wrestle. You can track your bout number by looking at the big screens placed in or outside of the gym, or you can follow on track wrestling (see ‘track wrestling’ tab). Once the bout number is posted on the big screen or track wrestling, it will give you the mat number. It is your responsibility to get your child to the mat and find a coach.
Only your child can go the mat. Parents are not allowed to go to mat area unless they have a USA wrestling coaches card (can be purchased at https://www.usawmembership.com/). Any parent can get this card, however once on the mat you are representing chain wrestling and you must be respectful to your child, referees, and opponent at all times. If there is not a coach present, you can ask the mat to call for a coach, but before your child goes to the mat, it is better if they find a coach and let them know what mat they are on. We ask that you do not coach another child unless a coach has given you permission to do so.
WWKWL tournaments all medal to 4th place. You will not be able to receive your medal until ALL wrestlers are done wrestling in your bracket. You will need to wait for the announcers to call your weight/age bracket up to receive your medals.
It is encouraged to wait until the end of the tournament to cheer on your teammates.