This fall we are partnering with Hopkins Community Ed to start a girls only youth wrestling program. The program will only be a month long starting September 18th. Practices will be Tuesday and Thursday from 6:00-7:30pm.
The idea for this really started from our summer youth camps. We do mini camps through Kids & Co. in the summers to promote our Hurricanes program. Since there is no registration for the kids in these camps and it is just a part of their childcare schedule we had about 50% girl participants. Many of these girls not only excelled in the camps but also seemed to really enjoy it and want to continue learning. However our Hurricane program has always been open to girls but not had many girl participants. It seemed like this was because girls or parents were nervous about being the only girl wrestler. By creating a separate program just for girls we are hoping to give them a place to start without the concern of being the only girl. The thought is that we will actually grow our numbers by having this separate program. Hurricanes will remain open to everyone so when the girls finish up their one month season they can join hurricanes if they'd like.
This last year Hopkins youth wrestling really started to grow, and growth means changes. I wanted to throw out what this growth looked like and what the changes will be in the near future for Hopkins youth wrestling.
In the 2016-17 season, there was one Hopkins youth program called the Hurricanes. That program had 15 students registered. This was a major problem. Having only 15 students between K-8 means that if Hurricanes was intended to be a feeder program, the HS would have a 7 man roster at some point. Additionally, only having 15 wrestlers means there is not enough partners for a practice to run smoothly. It is not very fun when there is a 20 pound gap between you and your partner.
In the 2017-18 season there were 49 Hurricane wrestlers and 24 wrestlers that had an extended season for Freestyle/Greco. The Freestyle/Greco club was called Hopkins Wrestling Club (HWC). That club was purely in response to parents and wrestlers looking for more opportunities.
Here are a few changes parents can look out for in response to this growth: