The Bandits Wrestling Club provides youth wrestlers the opportunity to train and compete at beginner, intermediate, advanced and national levels. See the Bandits Full-Spectrum Club diagram to understand our comprehensive and integrated approach. Beginner wrestlers compete individually in the Northern Virginia Wrestling Federation (NVWF). Intermediate and advanced wrestlers compete as a team in the Capital Area Wrestling League (CAWL), as well as several non-CAWL events. Our best CAWL wrestlers also compete in a national level schedule. The Bandits CAWL program requires significant wrestler and parent commitment, but will maximize wrestler potential.
Wrestler improvement and matriculation to each wrestler’s personal “next level”, as soon as possible, is a key element of the Bandit philosophy. Bandits NVWF coaches attempt to grow wrestlers out of the NVWF and into the CAWL, and Bandits CAWL coaches attempt to grow wrestlers out of the CAWL and into national level competitors.
The Bandits CAWL program supports the transition from NVWF to CAWL by offering reduced registration fees for first year Bandits CAWL program wrestlers who desire to also continue to compete with the NVWF club of choice. Transition wrestlers (e.g. dual CAWL/NVWF registration) are expected to prioritize CAWL program activities over NVWF activities.
Bandits also support the transition from NVWF/CAWL to High School varsity by offering reduced registration fees for JV wrestlers. To be eligible, JV wrestlers must be 15 or under on 31 December of the current season, and not ever weighed-in for an official varsity match. JV wrestlers still practice with their HS, but can optionally attend Bandits CAWL practices. JV wrestlers are issued a Bandits singlet at no cost.
Bandits wrestlers are taught to “Dream-Decide-Do”. “Bandits Style” is aggressive, offensive, and highly technical. Bandits out-work their opponents. Bandits never quit. “Bandits Style” requires wrestlers to give their absolute mental, physical and intellectual best, regardless of the score, time remaining, or quality of opponent. Bandits CAWL program wrestlers will often compete against superior competition where losses are probable. Constant improvement in the quality of each wrestler’s performance (vs. match outcome) is the focus. This philosophy has proven successful.
Being a Bandit will imbue the wrestler with following important values/life skills:
- Goal setting.
- Balancing spiritual, academics, athletics, and social requirements.
- Value of learning.
- Value of working hard.
- Respect and Good Sportsmanship.
- Ability to focus on “What’s important now”.
Bandits have a long history of achieving results. Bandits consistently produce more VHSL Class 6/5 division State Champions and placers, NCAA Division I wrestlers, USAW Greco-Roman/Freestyle National Champions, VAWA State Champions and placers, and VAWA National Team members than any other Virginia club. The most committed Bandits CAWL program wrestlers routinely compete in national level events, and the club is nationally recognized and respected.
Bandits achieved the following in the 2015-16 season alone:
- 1st – CAWL Pre-season Tournament
- 1st – VAWA Individual State Championship Tournament
- 1st – VAWA Dual State Championship Tournament
- 1st – CAWL Championship Tournament
- 2nd – CAWL Dual Championships (1st place was a MD team)
Bandits CAWL program coaches also lead Virginia’s largest and best Greco-Roman/Freestyle club (Banditos) in the Spring. The club has won both VAWA Greco-Roman and Freestyle Kids State Championships that past three seasons. The VAWA Kids Greco-Roman/Freestyle National Team has almost exclusively been comprised of Bandits, and the VAWA Schoolboy Greco-Roman/Freestyle National Duals Team is largely comprised of Bandits.
If your wrestler is committed to greatness, and you are committed to helping him achieve it, then you’ll fit great in the Bandits family.
Club registration timeframe is September 15th through November 15th. Late registrations are welcome, however, a small late fee will apply, and the deadline for ordering singlets is 14 November. Latecomers will be issued a Bandits singlet (as available).