Now that your child has expressed an interest in wrestling, you might be wondering what you have to do to get him or her started in the sport. This mission can be divided into two basic parts: buying all the required wrestling equipment needed to participate in a match and finding a local team to join. Let’s take a closer look at what’s involved with each of these tasks.

Buying wrestling equipment

The good news is that young wrestlers don’t need tons of gear to get started. This means you don’t have to spend a lot of cash at the beginning or worry about “wasting” money if your child ends up not liking the sport after all. In fact, your purchases will be limited to:

  • A singlet
  • Lightweight kids wrestling shoes
  • Headgear
  • Mouth guard (if your child wears braces)
  • Kneepads ** Not required, but save wear and bruising of knees

These items are readily available at and can be had for less than $150 total, depending on the specific products you choose.

Joining a team or club

The next step is to join a local wrestling team or club. This will give your child access to mats, teammates, practice time, coaching, and competition. When considering the various clubs available, be sure to select one that promotes and emphasizes fitness, basic skills, technical development, and sportsmanship. These are the things young wrestlers should focus on in the early stages. Many communities have actual wrestling academy’s for young wrestlers. Parents pay a nominal fee for instruction, but usually the results are well worth the money.

Once your child has good wrestling equipment and joins a nearby club, he or she can then jump right in and discover how great this sport is.

Be sure to stop by to buy the kids wrestling shoes, singlet, headgear and the kneepads your young grappler will need to get started now.