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March, 2014 Update
For the month of March, SandWrestling.com will be getting a facelift. Feel free to check out the site while we work on it, and we appoligize for the construction period.
Last Updated on February 22, 2014
This year might just be the final year that FILA will sanction an official World Championship for Beach Wrestling unless more athletes from more countries decide to compete. We are encouraging all athletes from around the globe to contact their National Governing Body for Wrestling to find out any details on how you could qualify to represnet your country in the upcoming Worlds in Greece. If your country is not prepared to host a qualifier, then we strongly encourage you to contact FILA and let them know that you want to be a part of the World Championships. FILA's website is www.fila-official.com.
Rob has also added another blog entry.
Last Updated on January 22, 2014
We have a major announcement within the next week that we hope we can count on the wrestling community at large to help out the sport of internationial Sand Wrestling. Please check back very soon as details are still developing.
In the meantime, we are happy to announce that the date for the 2014 United States Beach Wrestling National Championships have been set for May 31. Just as impressive is the announced return of the "North American Beach Wrestling Championships" in Virginia Beach, Virginia after a short hiatus. If you aren't aware, the NABWC is ran alongside the "North American Sand Soccer Championships", which attracts amateur and pro sand soccer teams from around the world. The multi-sport event attracts nearly 100,000 spectators to the Virginia Beach boardwalk each day, making it possibly the largest group of spectators to not only witness Sand Wrestling, but any style of amateur wrestling anywhere in the world. We will have more details as they develop, but in the meantime it is worth marking June 7-8th on your callander if you are a serious wrestler, coach, or fan.
Last Updated on September 12, 2013
We are nearly the completion of updating the website, the only thing left to do is to update the "Years in Review" page and create a brand new "Videos & Pictures" page. Feel free to give us any feedback, and have fun exploring SandWrestling.com.
Last Updated on September 11th, 2013
Great News!!! The International Olympic Committee has voted to keep wrestling in the Olympic Games. Now...we just need to work just as hard to include Sand Wrestling into the Olympic wrestling program...
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.
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