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 dual events, as well as several open tournaments. Our best advanced wrestlers also compete in a national level schedule. The Bandits advanced 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 advanced room, and Bandits advanced coaches attempt to grow wrestlers into national level competitors.
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 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 program wrestlers routinely compete in national level events, and the club is nationally recognized and respected.
Bandits 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 August 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).