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Wisconsin Wrestling Wednesday - Why Sanction your Club with USA Wrestling

By Randy Dusing, 11/16/16, 5:15AM CST


The #1 reason to sanction your club with USA wrestling is Risk Management or Club Liability and Facility Insurance.

While there are certainly other options to “USA Wrestling Club sanctioning” such as partnering with a local youth recreation program, or even self-insuring and legally protecting independently. However, these options are not necessarily an ideal fit or cost effective solution today. These options may save your club and its members a few dollars, but they may put your club and coaches at personal risk. Since typically both club leaders and coaches are volunteers, we certainly want to protect them against medical or liability risks.

A Club Charter provides membership affiliation with USA Wrestling for state and national clubs. By sanctioning/partnering with USA wrestling you become part of our Olympic wrestling organization that coordinates wrestling programs nationally, working to create interest and increase participation in the great sport of wrestling. You are joining a wrestling organization with over 233,000 members, founded in 1983, providing a holistic solution for your Athletes, Coaches and Club. USA Wrestling is divided into State Associations; each State is an affiliated organization with its own set of bylaws under which it operates. Both are ready to assist your club with any questions and support you might need.

Club Charter Costs

Each club pays a charter fee of $85, regardless of the # of wrestlers or ages involved with the club. All members of the club must be individually registered with USA Wrestling. Owners/operators of facilities may also be listed as a Certificate Holder for a nominal fee of $25 protecting them from liability at no charge.

Risk Management

The #1 reason to sanction your club with USA wrestling is Risk Management or Club Liability and Facility Insurance.  As club leaders, your top priorities are safety and security, making sure your athletes have a safe practice environment. Your second priority is risk management. USA Wrestling Club Charter benefits include liability insurance for practice sessions supervised by member coaches and its property, as well as general liability protection for club leaders and volunteers including legal defense. Finally, benefits key include for both the coach and Athlete is coverage of a comprehensive secondary sports accident insurance.

Of course, we are talking about wrestling and another key benefit is the four levels of the Coaches Certification program, access to core curriculum practice plans for folkstyle, freestyle and Greco roman wrestling, and potential opportunities to coach at state, national or international levels. Athletic Development starts with Online video of skills, drills, cutting edge techniques and practice plans. Plus, many opportunities to compete; starting with local Club events that ready your wrestlers for USA Wrestling regional/national championships, USA Wrestling developmental camps/clinics and the opportunity to travel abroad with Developmental Tours for Cadet, Junior and Women’s national teams.

So why Sanction your Club with USA wrestling?  It provides a holistic solution for your Athletes, Coaches and Club.

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