The MYWAY West Region has a huge request and we need all the MYWAY West Region wrestlers, coaches, parents and friends help this Sunday at the Allendale tournament.
Some stories just grip your heart and you will never forget them. This is one of them!
I would ask that you read the story of Melanie Bannister and her family. Here is her story.
Melanie Bannister has been diagnosed with Stage IV Invasive Lobular Carcinoma. She is going on a trial chemo treatment. The doctors has informed the family it this treatment
doesn’t work, Melanie has a short period of time to be with us.
Wrestling is their life. We live in Allendale Michigan where her husband, Chris helps coach the high school Wrestling program. He helps with the middle school wrestling program and he is one of two head coaches for Allendale Youth Wrestling program.
I have been around this great sport for a very long time. There is no doubt there isn’t any better or bigger support or care about others than a wrestling family.S
This Sunday MYWAY West Region will have PINK socks for all the wrestlers. We are asking for a $5.00 donation for the Bannister family, in return your wrestler
will be given a pair of pink sock. We want all the wrestlers to wear the pink socks Sunday when they wrestle. We want to show Melanie & Chris they’re not alone fighting
this war against cancer.
There will be a table set up in the gym were the socks will be as well collecting the donation. MYWAY West Region will also match the amount of money donated Sunday.
Please keep Melanie in your prayers and thoughts.
Thanks and kind regards,
Steve Gross MYWAY West Region Director
This is a huge request I will give you a little back story of our family but we are asking for all the prayers we can get. The back story is here
Since she made this blog post cancer is not behaving. I’m going on a trial chemo that is going to keep us very busy. the doctors say if I don’t work I have maybe a few months to a year. We are just looking for as much prayer as possible. Wrestling is our life i am hoping to schedule all my appointments around Wrestling. We live in Allendale Michigan where Chris helps Coach the high school Wrestling program Greco moves. He helps with the middle school wrestling program and he is one of two Head Coaches/Managers Of our Youth Wrestling program. We live and breath Wrestling in our family and there is no bigger support than a wrestling family. Thank you for taking the time to read this. If it is not possible to share. Please keep us in your prayers.
|STATEWIDE - Northview High School||4451 Hunsberger NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49525||Friday||6:00PM – 7:00PM|
|Northview Use the Athletic wing Entrance (back of school)|
|Allendale High School||10760 68th Avenue Allendale, MI 49401||Friday||6:00PM to 7:00PM|
|Belding||850 Hall Street Belding, Michigan 48809||Friday||7:00PM to 8:00PM|
|Belding||Next to the High School Football Field|
|Hart High School||310 300 W Johnson Street, Hart, Michigan 49420||Friday||6:30PM to 7:30PM|
|Hart||Mat Room. Entrance is on South side of gym.|
|STATEWIDE - Ravenna Middle School||2700 S. Ravenna Rd, Ravenna, MI 49451||Friday||5:30PM to – 7:00PM|
|Muskegon Reeth Puffer Middle School||1545 N Roberts Rd. Muskegon, MI 49445||Friday||6:30PM to 7:30PM|
|STATEWIDE - THORNAPPLE KELLOGG HIGH SCHOOL||3885 Bender Rd, Middleville, MI 49333||Friday||6:00PM-7:00PM|
|Please use South Entrance|
|Steve Gross||Executive Directoremail@example.com|
|Wendi Gross||Head Pairerfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Karl Nadolsky||Head Refereeemail@example.com|
|Jeff Frick||AT Largefirstname.lastname@example.org|
Is he/she a Novice wrestler?
I will do my very best to give my short version when handling novice questions.
The definition of a novice wrestler has many other variables other than just two years of competition.
Unfortunately, in the past, we found some parents, coaches and clubs miss treating what novice is meant for.
As a result, we came up with something that we felt describes what a novice wrestler is.
Every wrestler is different. Our reasoning is pretty simple the wrestler’s ability to compete at the next level.
This is where we put our faith in the coaches and parents to make the right choice.
Case # 1:
You may have wrestler who has been wrestling for more than 2 or 3 years… and has never won a match or hasn’t been successful in placing in tournaments. Just hasn’t developed or matured yet.
The wrestler likes wrestling, but by the “definition” isn’t considered novice. But their ability and skill is still at the novice level. We have told coaches and parents who have wrestlers that have this situation to leave them in novice. You must contact the director first.
Case # 2:
You may have wrestler who has been wrestling for 1 year… and has won matches and even placed in tournaments. The wrestler improves each week.
By nature they are a good athlete. Again by “definition” this wrestler is considered novice. But their ability, skill and aggressiveness is that of an open or advanced wrestler.
In these two of cases the definition really doesn’t apply. This wrestler is NOT a novice.
We rely on coaches, helpers and parents to use their judgment. You know who wrestles and their ability and how aggressive they are on the mat.
We believe there are good people who will make the right decision – based on the wrestlers ability, skill level, and aggressiveness in a competitive level.
Our goal in MYWA and in the West Region is to provide an opportunity for all wrestlers to wrestle all year at a level where they can have fun and develop.
If a concern is brought to our attention, we will investigate.
Proper protocol for novice questions is to contact your coach or coaches with any questions or concerns, FIRST. If they are not able to answer the question or concern, then THEY can contact Steve Gross, not the parents.
Team Admins & Parents:
If you have registration
issues please email
before 10 am on Friday to help
you correct it before documents
go out to the events.
Club admins & parents registering for events:
When tournaments offer Open & Novice together. Age Groups 13-11 & 04-03 will only have Open Divisons. Age Groups 10-09, 08-07 & 06-05 will offer both Open & Novice Divisions. Please pick accordingly when signing up. If you register for both Open & Novice you will be put into the Open event by default. That must be corrected at weigh-ins.
New this year we have added a more detailed Matrix to the tournament registration. Please choose an age group & weight class when signing up a wrestler. This will make the Matrix a more accurate version of how many wrestlers are in each weight class at events. The system defaults to the lowest weight class. If you are competing in an event in an event in the Central, East, Southwest, or West this information can be changed after weigh-ins. If you are competing in an event in the Far North, North, Northeast, or Metro this is MANDATORY to get you on the correct bracket.
Please make sure membership fees are paid before you go to weigh-ins so that your wrestler is allowed to weigh-in and compete.
1. START TIME FOR THE SECOND (2ND) SESSION WILL BE 12:30PM - NOON. THE FIRST SESSION WILL START AT ITS NORMAL TIME 9:00AM.
2. THERE WILL BE NO ADDING WRESTLERS AFTER 10:00PM THURSDAY NIGHT. ALL WRESTLERS NEED TO BE PRE-REGISTERED BY OR BEFORE THURSDAY NIGHT AT 10PM. REGISTRATION OPENS MONDAY NIGHT. IT HAS BEEN OUR POLICY AND PRACTICE STARTING IN JANUARY WE STOP ADDING WRESTLERS TO TOURNAMENTS. WE ALLOW THE FIRST THREE TOURNAMENTS FOR COACHES, CLUB ADMIN AND PARENTS TO MAKE SURE THEY HAVE NO ISSUES WITH REGISTERING THE WRESTLERS.
3. NO SHOWS. No show fees will be handled the following way.
Note: Clubs will pay a $5.00 fee for each wrestler that pre-registers
and doesn't compete.
Clubs will pay $10.00 for a wrestler who weighs-in
and doesn’t compete in the tournament.
You can pay the no show fee Sunday morning of the tournament
or at weigh ins.
CLUB ADMIN'S, CLUB COACH or CLUB MEMBER you will be responsible for making
sure their no show payments are made Sunday morning prior to the start
of the tournament session one & prior to the start of the 2nd session.
In an effort to maintain a SAFE, orderly and enjoyable environment at all MYWAY West Region tournaments, we need parents, spectators and fans to review and follow these simple sportsmanlike behavior.
Our first priority is to provide all MYWAY and MYWAY West Region wrestlers a SAFE and FUN environment where these children can grow. And for all of our fans and spectators to come to watch their favorite wrestlers without distraction.