Beginner YOUTH Recreational WRESTLING

This year-round program is conducted at two different locations, one in Huntington Beach and the other in Santa Ana. Our Huntington Beach program ha enrollment run through the HB SANDS and the Santa Ana Program we handle enrollment directly.

This program is designed for youth (ages 5-14 y.o.) who are brand new to wrestling or are in their first two years of the sport.

The emphasis of this program is on the 3 F's of wrestling:  Fun, Friendship & FUNdamentals and Wrestling's 7 Basic Skills. This is not a time when kids need to be thinking about highly competitive tournaments, just learning, having fun and and adding physical skills.

By "Fun" we mean that youth will be playing "wrestling games" learning a multitude of new athletic skills, as well as stance, movement head and hand position. The movement patterns necessary for the sport. This part is intensely "Fun" -  learning how to use their heads, hands, hips, feet, tumbling, balancing, jumping, increasing their body awareness, strength and athleticism while working on gymnastics rolls. 

By "Friendship" we mean your child will make friends in the room, learn to be a good partner and how to play games ethically earning the camaraderie of other youth.

By "FUNdamentals" we mean your youth will learn the physical skills they will need as a wrestler to execute basic wrestling techniques. We will begin to establish a foundation of wrestling movement patterns and skill-games through group games where kids can develop confidence, muscle and dexterity. We use games which enhance athleticism by developing speed, strength, power, level-change & directional change capabilities, all while having fun & increasing core strength.

Before coming to a practice, please fill out a Waiver Form #1 from here. Follow the directions on the form regarding emailing it to us etc.. Bring the original to practice. Also, dress in regular PE clothes, preferable wear shorts without pockets and a tee shirt or rash guard. Also, please bring a large water bottle and have clean, groomed finger nails.

Head gear is not need initially and neither are wrestling shoes.

Our current Training Schedule is here or you can scroll down to see it.

If you are a Huntington Beach or Beach Cities resident, you can try your first classs for FREE and afterwards, sign-up here  (this link will take you to website address www.hbsands.org , there on the HB SANDS website you can search by using keyword search "wrestling" ).  The HB practice schedule is Tuesdays and Thursdays, 5:30-6:30 PM and 6:30-7:30 PM (you may attend either or both) at the Rodgers Center, 1706 Orange Ave., Huntington Beach, CA 92648, nearest cross streets are 17th St. & Orange Ave.. Parking is available in the rear gated lot. 

To Sign-Up for this class please visit the HB Sands wesbite  www.hbsands.org  and do a KEY WORD search for wrestling, or do an ACTIVITY search for 141349.

To Sign-Up for this class please visit the HB Sands wesbite www.hbsands.org and do a KEY WORD search for wrestling, or do an ACTIVITY search for 141349.

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Youth wrestlers signed up for our HB SANDS Program get a GREAT VALUE. They may also attend OCG Santa Ana practices at no extra cost on M/W/F,increasing the number of possible training days from two (2) to five (5) for increased physical conditioning and more rapid improvement.

If you are a resident of Orange County or LA County and live within Santa Ana or close to Santa Anayou might be more interested in our program at Santa Ana High School.  Enrollment for the Santa Ana Program is here

Practice schedule Mondays, Wednesdays and Friday (during the school yr.), 6:00-7:30 PM at Santa Ana High School, Wrestling Room, 520 W. Walnut St., Santa Ana, CA 92648. This practice schedule may change at any time.

Stand-up games help youths build up their appreciation of "hustle" as well as lower leg & core strength, balance and confidence.

Stand-up games help youths build up their appreciation of "hustle" as well as lower leg & core strength, balance and confidence.

Footwork & quickness

Footwork is the root of propelling a person in all directions.  Beginner recreational wrestlers will play footwork games to enhance mobility based on successful sports performance and track sprint programs. The footwork enhancement will translate to all other sports.

Proprioception is increased through pushing, pulling & balance games. All these qualities are enhanced by Sumo-like games.

Proprioception is increased through pushing, pulling & balance games. All these qualities are enhanced by Sumo-like games.

Hand-eye coordination & grip strength

The old idiom, "The hand is quicker than the eye", is a well known fact. At OCG we use a number of super-fun youth games to enhance hand speed, grip strength and effect overall hand-eye coordination. In wrestling the hands are the second line of defense. So we develop this area.

Just like gymnasts, wrestlers learn tumbling so they can fall without getting hurt and roll, and bounce back to their feet using technique.

Just like gymnasts, wrestlers learn tumbling so they can fall without getting hurt and roll, and bounce back to their feet using technique.

core Stability, core strength & power development

We help youths develop core stability and core strength by utilizes uber-fun  games to improve both areas along with power development through plyometric games. The result is easy to see increases in quickness and strength in multiple positions.