Young people in Sisters who want to build their wrestling skills may want to check out the new Outlaw Mat Club.

The club is open to boys and girls grades K-12; it is designed to introduce and increase the knowledge and skills of the sport of wrestling in a fun and positive environment.

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, athletes will currently be limited to noncontact practices only, with the emphasis on technique, body position, and drill work using dummies. Practices will be conducted after screening and masks will be required. Wrestling is notable for helping youth build character, a work ethic, develop self-confidence, and strengthen their perseverance. Coaches note that life-skills and success principles that young wrestlers develop while learning to wrestle are valuable in progressing in life.

The club’s focus for grades K-5 is an introduction to the sport of wrestling, focusing on increasing body awareness, tumbling, games, and having fun. Basic wrestling techniques will be taught and mastered, along with emphasizing sportsmanship, self-control, and a positive attitude. Grades 6-12 will continue to develop the fundamental skills that all wrestlers need in order to move on to the next level, but will begin to introduce wrestling strategies and practice at a faster pace.

Developing character and a work ethic will be stressed as athletes continue to have fun in the practice room with games and competition.

Practices may be split into separate groups to better meet the needs of all wrestlers for both age groups. Wrestlers are encouraged to participate in the local tournaments around Oregon, but are not required to. Those choosing to will need to purchase a wrestling card through USA Wrestling and our coaches will travel to the competitions to work with our athletes, who will be supplied a singlet for competition.

Register online with Sisters Park & Recreation District at www.sistersrecreation.com/activity/outlaws-mat-club/.

Cost is $40 for in-district families ($52 for out-of-district) and scholarships are available. Instruction will be provided by staff from both Sisters Park & Recreation District and the coaching staff from Sisters High School. Practice sessions will be in the wrestling room at Sisters High School, located at 1700 W. McKinney Butte Rd.