Youth Wrestling Program to begin

Pagosa Springs Youth Wrestling will begin its practices the week of March 9, and run for six weeks. The registration fee is $10 per family, which will be used to purchase T-shirts and awards. All practices will be supervised by high school coach Dan Janowsky, along with the high school coaching staff and parent volunteers. Practices are held for three different age groups:

Kindergarten and first grade will practice Monday and Thursday from 5-5:45 p.m. in the high school wrestling room.

Grades two, three and four will practice on Monday and Wednesdays from 3:45-4:45 p.m. at the high school.

Elementary school students can ride the bus to the high school where Coach Janowsky and Coach McCabe will escort them to the practice room.

Intermediate school students (grades five and six) will practice from 3:45-4:45 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays in the junior high wrestling room.

The sport of wrestling is widely known to have many benefits in the realm of physical fitness, self-discipline, and confidence. The Pagosa Youth Wrestling Program’s goal is to introduce the sport of wrestling to youngsters in an intramural format. Practices are structured toward developing general athletic skills, improving coordination and fitness, getting used to contact, and learning basic wrestling holds and concepts. While there are competitive wrestling games and situations performed in practice, every attempt is made to group kids appropriately by size, skill, age and temperament. The program is very beneficial in developing coordination and confidence, and allows youngsters to enjoy exercise and healthy competition. It is designed to make all successful.

The season concludes with an intramural Takedown Tournament. Wrestling in formal competition will be introduced in a second six-week course in April and May.

Interested parents can register their child at practice — enrollment and registration is kept open through the early season.

For more information, call Dan Janowsky, 264-4554.