Red Lion WC is an option for any wrestler that wants to get better. Our program is designed primarily for fourth through eighth graders. These are the recommended grades, however, younger kids are welcome to join if they can keep up with the practice schedule. We run a demanding program, but not so demanding that everyone can't keep up. The goal is development of an individual. We work together to grow together.
How much does it cost?
There is a cost to join the team. It ensures that we can keep our website running, pay for team insurance, and rent the facility we use for practice. We offer several payment options to view arrangements select the registration button on the home page. This fee does not include the cost of the USA wrestling card (which is required) or team gear.
How hard are practices?
The Red Lion program demands that you attend regularly if you want to keep up. We aren't like the other clubs that only run a couple of days per week. We practice five days a week. Practices are demanding. They are designed to help wrestlers reach their full potential.
Do I have to follow the competition schedule?
Nope. Think of it as an ala cart program. You can go to as much or as little as you want to. You can opt to compete at different tournaments than those on the schedule. It is completely at your discretion. The schedule is designed to let team members know where our coaching staff will be each weekend. Our schedule is designed to prepare our team to compete at the highest level at certain times throughout the season. It ensure that we peak when we need to.
Can I just come a couple times a week?
Yes you can. We don't suggest it, but we don't require everyday attendance. Those that aren't in the room regularly will fall behind very quick. Our program is run on a 'sink or swim' mindset. Those that are there will excel, those that choose to operate on a softer schedule will fall behind. The drawback is that our staff cannot be expected to reteach our curriculum for indviduals that miss practice. Our goal is to create a team atmosphere. We do this by providing a consistent practice with a technical agenda for the season. For those that want to hop around to multiple clubs, we can appreciate your mindset, but our focus is on our team. Once we reach capacity, attendance will factor into continued membership.
Do you have wrestle-offs?
No. We believe in building a team not dividing it. While we believe competition is always good, especially in the practice room, we don't want to see anyone left behind. For this reason our schedule focuses on an open tournament mindset, meaning we are able to enter as many wrestlers as we want in each weight class. They may wrestle each other at some point, but that's better than leaving someone at home. On occasion we will put together teams for dual tournaments. Again, we will not have wrestle-offs. The coaching staff will collectively choose the team based on skillset, work ethic, and attendance. These are special events and we feel that they are a priviledge not an entitlement.
Can I wrestle for another team?
The quick answer is yes. However, we want to emphasize that our focus is on building a team atmosphere. We want our team members to have every opportunity available. However, if it brings issues into the room with the wrestlers or the parents, that wrestler may be asked to leave the program. We understand that in a tournament setting brackets will play out, but in those circumstances our staff is still in control of the coaching.
Is it safe for my son to lift with the team?
Our strength training program was designed by Penn State Universities wrestling program specifically for youth wrestlers. The focus isn't on bulk weight. Our number one goal is to teach proper technique. The focus is on repetition not total weight. This is what makes our program safe for young wrestlers. We don't put them in dangerous positions. The strength training that we are doing is designed to work their muscles not hurt them. It will not hurt their development in anyway because the focus is not on power, but instead on form and repetition.
What happens if my son wrestles the same weight as another team member?
For the most part, we aren't concerned with weight classes. Our goal is development. Our schedule doesn't require that we split our program into a black team and a red team. Instead, we travel to open tournaments where we can enter as many wrestlers in each weight class as we would like. This eliminates favoritism and the focus is on building and developing these young men. Note: we do have a few dual tournaments on the schedule, in which the staff will assemble the team.
What is the skill level required to join the team?
Any and all are welcome to join the team. We want to make sure that everyone understands the expectation level. Our practices our demanding. The technical agenda is advanced. As long you are committed to showing up to each practice, skill level isn't a factor. When coming only a couple times a week, wrestlers miss out on valuable techniques and fall behind quickly. The skillset is not as important as the attitude and commitment.
Who will coach my son?
We have one of the best coaching staffs in the state. Most were college wrestlers, some were college coaches, but all of them care about the kids above all else. During a practice setting our coaches will work with the team, with the mindset being that we are there to develop the boys. On the weekends at tournaments, we are forced to divide and conquer. The goal is to cover as many mats as possible. There is a chance that we are unable to cover every match. We welcome a parent to step in and coach at that point. During a tournament setting, we prefer to coach the boys ourselves, so if a parent wants to be involved, we will step aside, so that we don't contradict each other.
How does the team travel?
We travel with a large group of parents and coaches. Unlike a conventional high school program that travels to events by way of bus, we focus on caravaning the kids to tournaments. Most parents attend the events and we ask that rides be worked out amongst the parents. Our schedule covers a lot of miles, and so we suggest finding another family to travel with each week.
Am I expected to travel to every tournament with my son?
That is completely at your discretion. Many parents will combine forces and alternate weekends. Other parents wouldn't miss a tournament if their life depended on it. We have no travel demands. We do not offer rides.
Can I coach on the staff?
Yes you can. We have two requirements. First, we require anyone that is associated with our staff to complete and extensive FBI background check and vetting process. Secondly, we ask that you don't coach your own child. We aren't asking you to blacklist them, but we want to makes sure that your focus is on being a coach not an overbearing parent. Coaches are there because they love the sport and want to help the kids, no matter who it is. Parents are there because they love their child. If you aren't able to separate the two, then we would have to decline your involvement. You are welcome to jump in the corners on the weekends, but as previously stated, we will step aside at that point. We want whats best for the team, and we feel that this eliminates any POTENTIAL issues before they get a chance to escalate.
How old do you have to be to join Red Lion?
Red Lion WC is designed to offer everyone the opportunity to be a part of a winning team, regardless of age. We have a demanding practice and an advanced curriculum. If you have to make your son go to practice, then this is probably not a good fit.
Can parents attend practice?
Of course. We want you to enjoy the process. We do ask that you stay out of the equation and off the mat. We want to establish very early that there is a division between the family and the team. Kids need to know that they aren't going to get yelled at because of the way they practiced. If you are a parent that struggles to watch your wrestler lose or struggle in practice, then we would prefer you keep your distance. You need to realize that while you may want the best for your son, you are also a distraction that keeps him from reaching his full potential. We have a zero tolerance policy when it comes to parent problems. If you are a problem, you are no longer part of the team.
Can I get a refund?
Unfortunately the answer is no. We do not issue refunds. We are sorry.
Is Red Lion associated with Golden Cross?
Red Lion WC has no affiliation with Golden Cross. Coach Zerkle took Golden Cross with him when he left his position at LaSalle. Red Lion has replaced that program. We offer a very similar staff with what we believe to be an improved product.