To complete Registration the following must be submitted: IKWF Competitor Card Application (include copy of birth certificate), Tiger Wrestling Club Registration Form, and payment through PayPal via our website.
The Tiger Wrestling Club (TWC), offers its members (youth ages 4-14 and not in high school), training opportunities in folkstyle wrestling.
We are members of the following governing bodies: USA Wrestling (USAW), and Illinois Kids Wrestling Federation (IKWF). All Tiger Wrestling Club wrestlers are required to maintain membership with USAW,as required by the IKWF. All TWC coaches are required to be approved by the Team President and Head Coach, maintain membership with USAW and be properly certified by USAW.
Our practices are held on Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 6:00-8:00p.m. at Wheaton Warrenville South High School, beginning mid-November and continuing through March. Tournament-style competitions are held on Sundays (with an occasional Saturday) during the season in various locations throughout the greater Chicagoland area. Weigh-ins are generally held between 6:30 – 8:00 am, with wrestling starting by 9:00 am, and finishing between 1:00 – 5:00 pm. There will be carpool opportunities on tournament days.
Club fees for this season are $200.00 per wrestler. We offer a $25.00 discount for each additional sibling member. (Payment plans and scholarship/fund opportunities are available to those in need due to financial challenges. Contact Keith Girup for further details)
We provide each wrestler with: registration and membership in USA Wrestling/IKWF, IKWF competitor card (mandatory) team t shirt, shorts, sweatshirt, and sweatpants, and a pre-paid Awards Banquet for all family members. Tournament fees are additional (generally, $15.00 per tournament). We feel this is the most effective way to make certain all wrestlers and their families are included in every club activity offered throughout the season, with a minimum of additional expenses or concerns. Fees are due at the time of registration through PayPal.
Practices will be attended by only coaches and wrestlers following the first week of the season (“open-house” week). We have found this to be the best way to provide a safe and productive environment for our wrestlers and coaches.
All wrestlers are required to practice wearing: a singlet or compression shirt and shorts, wrestling shoes, and headgear. Each wrestler is advised to bring a water bottle to practice.
The Coaching Staff consists of volunteer parents who donate their personal time to the fulfillment of our club’s mission. Those who wish to join the coaching staff are required to be approved by the Club Director and Head Coach, and be “Copper Certified” through the American Sports Education Program (ASEP), http://www.asep.com and pass a background check conducted through the IKWF.
Coaches are expected to regularly assist in practice sessions, offer mat side coaching at competitive events, volunteer for club events/activities and be a positive influence on all of our wrestlers.
The 2015-16 Coaching Staff is listed below:
Club Director: Keith Girup
Head Coach: Bill LaManna
Bantam Coach: Thayron Byrd
Assistant Coaches: Jay Oker, Nick Macellaio, Wade Burgess, Brian Baldwin, John Franke, David Gingerich and Trevor Kindlon