Q & A


Commonly asked questions and answers:

  1. Can out of state wrestlers participate?  NYWA is for MN residents only.  The district qualifiers are open tournaments so an out-of-state wrestler can wrestle at this event but is not eligible to advance to regions.  The wrestler must have a valid NYWA membership either way.
  2. Does my child have to qualify for these tournaments? Yes.  These are not open tournaments.
  3. What is the process of NYWA tournaments?  A wrestler must first attend one of the district qualifiers. The wrestler must place in the top two if the weight class to advance to regions.   To qualify for the NYWA state tournament, a wrestler must place in the top three of the weight class (the wild card region will advance the top four wrestlers).  Wrestlers placing 4th-6th place can qualify for the Invite tournament.
  4. Can I qualify at a district in one region and attend a different regional qualifier? No. You must advance your wrestler to the proper regional tournament. For example, if your wrestler qualifies at a district under region 1, then they MUST attend the region 1 tournament.
  5. Is there pre-registration?  Most of the district qualifiers are walk-in tournaments and do not require pre-registration.  Region, State and the Invite tournaments all require pre-registration.  Each tournament has a different deadline so refer to the registration form for that information.
  6. Can 6th graders participate on the 7th & 8th grade team? Yes, 6th graders are allowed to participate.
  7. What is the Invite tournament? Please click here to read more about the Invite tournament.
  8. Do I have to choose a weight class at districts?  No.  It is at the region tournament that you must choose your wrestler's weight class and that weight cannot be changed from regions to state.
  9. COACHES PASS FOR THE STATE TOURNAMENT: NYWA State Tournament consists of two different divisions.  The 5-8th grade division is on Thursday and Friday; the K-4th division is on Saturday and Sunday.  Each division requires a different coach's pass and the cost of each pass is $30.  If you want to be on the floor, mat side, this will be the cost.  It does include your admission into the tournament.  
  10. COACHES PASS FOR THE INVITE TOURNAMENT: The Invite tournament has three different divisions as well.  The 7-8th grade compete on Thursday only, 5-6th grade on Friday and K-4 on Saturday.  To be on the floor for the Invite, the pass is $15 and is good for that day only.  If you want to be on the floor each day, you will need a separate coach's pass each day.
  11. No strollers are allowed on the tournament floor.  If you have a small child with you, expect to purchase a coach's pass for that child.  The tournament floor is for coaches and wrestlers only and gets very crowded.  ANYONE wanting to be on the tournament floor will need a coach's pass.
  12. Admission is paid daily unless you purchase a wristband.  The cost for adults is $10/day; students (K-12) is $5/day and senior citizens (65+) is $5/day.  The wristband eliminates the wait in line.  The cost is $10/day for the wristband so if you intend on purchasing the band on Thursday-Sunday, the cost is $40. If you are not sure how many days you will be attending, you can purchase tickets for each day's admission.
  13. Weigh-in information: If you are wondering about weigh-in times for the State tournament, please read the State Itinerary.  If you are wondering about weigh-in times for the Invite tournament, please read the Invite Itinerary.  If your wrestler is part of a team, they will not have to weigh in again as an individual unless they are wrestling at a different weight or did not make their individual weight during team weigh-ins.

​*Revised 09-2017



NEW MN STATE LAW: NYWA is responsible for implementation of new legislation regarding concussions in youth sports. In compliance with State legislation, NYWA has made the information available on our website to complete the Heads Up: Concussion in Youth Sports course, as well as information regarding the sport of wrestling and the inherent risk of concussions. The course is a free, online training course that can be completed in 30-45 minutes. NYWA highly recommends that every wrestler and parent complete this training. At any NYWA event, the athletic trainer/medical staff will have final authority regarding athlete’s ability to resume activity. The course can be accessed at: www.cdc.gov/concussion/HeadsUP/youth.html.  The Minnesota Legislature passed legislation (MN Statute 121A.37 and 121A.38) in 2011 regarding youth athletes, concussions and return to play.  Review the entire law.


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