NCWC Parent Guide - Tournament Information
Tournaments are organized by age, gender, and weight. Weight classes vary depending on the tournament; high school age groups will sometimes use OAWA weight classes and sometimes use OFSAA weight classes. It is best to check weight classes on a tournament-by-tournament basis. Weights will be checked at practices during the week before the tournament.
Difficulty levels of tournaments vary, and it is best to talk to coaches about whether a wrestler is developmentally ready for a particular tournament.
Age groups are based on birth year and not grades, but as a general guide (exceptions, of course, will be kids who were not born in the same year as other kids in their class), they are as follows:
- Tyke: grades 1, 2
- Novice: grades 3, 4
- Kid: grades 5, 6
- Bantam: grades 7, 8
- Cadet: grades 9, 10
- Juvenile: grades 11, 12
- Junior: first two years after high school
- Senior: everyone older than junior
Most tournaments are aimed at either the age groups older than high school (junior/senior), the age groups in high school (cadet/juvenile), or the age groups younger than high school (tyke/novice/kid/bantam). Some tournaments will run more sets of age groups than that (ie. a tournament may have high school age groups on a couple of mats and younger age groups on a couple more). It is not uncommon for a tournament to combine wrestlers from different age or weight groups into one category if there are not enough wrestlers around that age and size.
There are three types of tournaments in terms of weigh-ins: honour system, full weigh-ins, and red dots.