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Last Update: August 26th, 2014
With the summer winding down in the United States, so is the Sand Wrestling season for most of us. As we head into the 'offseason', and many wrestlers prepare for the rigors of the winter scholastic season that lies ahead, I would like to invite you to check out SandWrestling.com from time to time. After all, some of the warmer parts of the country still have the ability to host Sand Wrestling tournaments and we will do our very best to help promote those contests.
But more importantly, we do have a "call of action" to the wrestling community and the winter scholastic season may be the best time to act. Our goal during the upcoming months is to encourage each high school athletic association to recognize and sanction Sand Wrestling as an official spring scholastic sport. We have already contacted 80% of the high school associations, and for the most part their initial reaction is positive. They all have one thing in common in order to reach that objective, and that is to encourage interest from at the school level. (By the way, we will be contacting the other associations within the next few weeks.)
So how can you help? Inform your school's athletic director that you are interested in participating in Sand Wrestling during the summer certainly can't hurt. While you are at it, encourage your friends and teammates to also tell your school's athletic director. After all, one wrestler can hardly consist of a team. The proposal that have been submitted for consideration to the associations recommend seperate weight classes for boys and girls, so don't overlook th female student athletes in your school.
But expressing interest to your athletic director is only one step in the process. Perhaps a more practile approach would be to encourage your team and coach to start planning a Sand Wrestling contests during next summer as a fundraising effort for the team. What would you rather do to raise money for new equipment and chip away at travel expenses, sell candy bars or wrestle? Nothing against the selling efforts as a fundraising concept, but I'm going to go out on a limb here and guess that you would rather wrestle.
Simply put, we have taken the initiative to get your high school athletic association to consider the possibility of sanctioning Sand Wrestling as a high school sport. Whether or not that happens is now in your hands.
We won't leave out the international wrestling community. Many of you know that FILA has been working on getting Sand Wrestling (Beach Wrestling) included into the Olympic Games. If we hear any developments on the process of getting this style of wrestling back into the Games for the first time since 1896, we will most certainly keep you informed.
Thanks to everyone who has helped the oldest version of mankind's oldest sport, to those who compete, the hard work to all of those who organize Sand Wrestling events, and those who just visit this website from time to time. In the three years that this website has been founded, we have consistantly had an increase in the number of visitors while also witnessing an increased number of countries participating in Sand Wrestling competitions, not to mention that the number of participants in each country has continued to grow. You can stay informed by not only periodically clicking on SandWrestling.com, but also communicating directly with other fans of Sand Wrestling by joining our facebood and twitter pages, the links for both can be found at the top of this page.
Do you have any suggestions on how we can improve this website? How about an upcoming contest that we are unaware of? This website is for you, so let us know what you think. We hope to have a shop set-up before the start of next summer, with all proceeds going towards helping Sand Wrestling events throughout the country. Have something that you would like to see us offer as a form of merchandies? Let us know about that too.
Thanks, and please continue your support for the emerging sport of Sand Wrestling (or if you prefer, Beach Wrestling).
Sand Wrestling (also known as Beach Wrestling) has been an established International Style of amateur wrestling since 2005, yet is regarded by wrestling associations around the world as the oldest version of mankind's oldest sport. The idea of wrestling on mats is relatively new compared to the history of wrestling, occuring just over 100 years ago in a sport that has a rich tradition spanning thousands of years. The soft sand texture is an ideal competative surface that provides the opportunity to rediscover wrestling's past.
While each contest may vary slightly with the rules, the basic concept is to win the match by scoring 2 points or a pin. One point is awarded when you push your opponent out-of-bounds. Another point is scored when you score a takedown (in the North American version); Force your opponent to touch the sand (International version). A pin is awarded when your opponent's back touches the sand. Matches have a time limit of 3 minutes.
The easy to understand rules of Sand Wrestling allows anyone to compete, even if they are not seasoned wrestlers. It also captures the attention of spectators, who can easily follow the action. Contests feature multiple age and gender divisions, and each division is segmented by weight classes. It's no wonder why the emerging sport of Sand Wrestling is quickly becoming popular around the globe.