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Parent/Guardian Involvement

Parents can play many roles in sport: current or former athlete, coach, fan, motivator, role model or critic. A few studies have shown that family members may influence an athlete’s involvement and achievement in sport more than coaches. Parents also are the first and most critical agents at socializing sports.

Weighing in for Competition

Typically we attend tournaments scheduled for Saturdays and Sundays. Whether the Club will be registering/paying for your wrestler to attend, or you are required to do so, we will weigh the wrestlers on Thursday practice prior to the weekend competition. 

Please make note of the link/document below. AAU age/weight categories are listed and will help guide you in knowing what age  weight division your child will be registered based on the weight recorded during Thursday's weigh-in. 


AAU Age/Weight Divisions 2022

DISREGARD the RED Age requirements. Your wrestler is registered with the Birth Year listed.

Darkhorse Spectator Etiquette

  • Arrive with a positive  attitude.
  • Encourage your wrestler to try their best,  have an attitude of gratitude, and be willing to listen and learn from the coaches.
  • Enjoy yourself at competitions and practices; your unhappiness can cause your wrestler to feel guilty. 
  • Allow the coaches to be in your wrestler's corner. It's okay to stand by and observe during competition and practice; however, your  wrestler will perform best while focusing on one instructor (their coach). 
  • Be considerate of spectators behind you (sit while in the stands and kneel while on the floor).

Parent Meeting Recap

On January 6, 2021 Darkhorse held a parent meeting. Here is the information you may need:

  • Fundraising. Please see right column on this page.
    • Please note the changes from years past.
    • Students also earn prizes for selling tickets
  • Volunteering
    • We are 100% a volunteer club. 
    • Parents are welcome to help in many areas.  Please ask
  • Singlets
    • $40 for new
    • We will buy back for $20
    • We will also buy back other apparel back and give credit. Please ask for more details.
  • Apparel Order
    • We will have an Online Apparel Store for ANYONE to order Darkhorse Gear.
      • Please see "Apparel Link"
  • Calendar and Schedule
    • Main page has a calendar
    • Facebook will have updated "picture" calendars that are able to be saved to phones or computers. 
  • General Club Communication
    • Website
    • Facebook
    • Email
      • Kelly Murch and P.J. Lybeck check emails and Facebook regularly.  They also are sitting at a table most practices. Please ask them questions


Our Club has been offering a Raffle ticket fundraiser for over 5 seasons. With the proceeds from this fundraiser, we have been fortunate to purchase mats for the club as well as a digital scale for weigh-ins. 

As our wrestlers progress and continue with the club, they are invited at the middle-school and high-school level to participate in additional competition and training opportunities. Darkhorse funds  help offset the expenses for these trips such as team van rentals, food and lodging.  

If you or anyone you know are looking for an opportunity to donate to a Non-Profit organization, we are happy to initiate a letter of request for sponsorship to these businesses or individuals and we can provide the Donor with the tax ID number for our Club. 

Ticket Sales Quota

Each Wrestler/Family is asked to sell at least 20 raffle tickets. The tickets are priced at $20 per ticket. 

Upon returning all 20 tickets and payment, your wrestler/family of wrestlers will be added to the fully-funded competition entry fee list. Once added to the list, Darkhorse will pay the wrestler  entry fees for  any of our scheduled AAU competitions. If your wrestler or family does not complete the sale of all 20 tickets, you will be required to register and pay for your wrestler's entry fees at any tournaments you choose to attend during the season.

Take Some Leave Some

Every year our Darkhorse Wrestling Family expands. If you have any new or used wrestling shoes, headgear, singlets, apparel etc. that you would like to donate to others in the club, please bring them to practice and we will happily share them with those who need items. 

If you are in need of any items, please feel free to check out our tote of donated items. If the table and tote are not available at practice, you can ask a coach to help locate the Take Some Leave Some items. 

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Parents and athletes need to manage their SportsEngine accounts to ensure they get the most out of their Darkhorse Wrestling Club experience during each sporting season. With their accounts properly configured, athletes and their families will receive communications according to their preferences and be able to complete registrations more efficiently.  SportsEngine has created a Team Management Guide for Parents and Athletes that will help our members with frequently asked questions about our website and mobile app.

New to SportsEngine?

Here is your quick start guide to creating an account and using the SportsEngine platform as an athlete or parent.


Keep connected to your team(s). Get schedules and team updates for every athlete in the house, plus a way to message other members on your team and a way to give coaches a heads up about practice. Enjoy unlimited access to scores & stats, photo/video sharing, and more.


Adding an additional guardian

In many instances, more than one parent or guardian needs to be in the loop with a child's sports life. Using the mobile app, you can add additional guardians to an account. Guardians can 1) View games and events 2) RSVP to games and events 3) Send and receive messages to coaches and team members 4) participate in team chat

Adding a Mobile Phone

Once you've created your account, add your mobile phone so you can receive text messages from your team manager or coach.

Enabling Text Messaging

Now that you have your mobile phone on your account, make sure you enable text messaging and any other notifications.

Following a Team on the SportsEngine Mobile App

Are you a family friend, grandparent or fan that wants to follow a specific team on the SportsEngine platform? Here is a quick guide to follow teams on the mobile app.

Forwarding Athlete Messages

Do you need a second parent, other family member or nanny to get messages about schedule changes or game times? Add a second email address to forward all communications.

Sending a Message

Do you need to send a question to your team manager or another parent about a ride? Follow these instructions on how to send messages using the mobile app.

RSVP to Game or Event

Coaches and team managers need to know if you are going to able to attend a game or practice. You can easily RSVP using the mobile application.

Team Management Guide for Parents & Athletes

Is your team using SportsEngine Team Management to manage RSVPs, schedules, and communication? This article will provide you with everything you need to know for a successful season!

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