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TOP OF THE PODIUM is a 501(c)3 nonprofit wrestling center in Sterling, Virginia. Our mission is to grow, promote and enhance amateur wrestling in our area.
TOP OF THE PODIUM (TOP) is the premier wrestling facility in the region. Our mission is to grow and enhance amateur wrestling in our area by supporting local clubs and offering classes, camps, clinics, clubs and more. We also operate the area's only dedicated wrestling store. TOP members get substantial discounts on shoes, gear, and more.
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This video shows how the Top of the Podium facility will be converted into a day camp to meet the needs of parents this coming school year. If you live in Northern Virginia, please Share this video. Thank you!
Several of the coaches wore face coverings like this at last week's camp. Recommended for anyone who would like a convenient covering to easily use at camp.
We are thrilled to have a facility and the capability to help families struggling with how schools are reopening. It's
critical that children, even those doing all distance-learning, have a safe place to socialize, exercise, and learn. We are gearing up to meet this pressing need and will hold an Open House soon! www.topofthepodium.org/day-camp.html
If you haven't been to TOP lately, the Tarsus Movement is now fully open. TM is a performance training group and offers private and group classes for wrestlers and athletes multiple times per week. Great training, especially for those waiting to get back on the mats. www.topofthepodium.org/performance-training.html
1 week from today, PA inVAsion Camp wraps up with featured clinician Kerry McCoy. He is a 2x Olympian, World silver medalist, 2x NCAA champ, Hodge Trophy winner, long-time D1 coach, and now the Head Coach at the California RTC. Limited spots remain! www.topofthepodium.org/pa-invasion-camp.html
Thank you to the Reichow family for sponsoring PA inVAsion next week. Did you see our staff of counselors? Joey Prata and Collin Gerardi from VT are both NCAA qualfiers. They join Aaron Brooks (PSU big ten champ) and Alex Madrigal (GMU, nation's leader in tech falls). This is in addition to our featured clinicians! https://www.topofthepodium.org/pa-invasion-camp.html
What a great week to kick off the summer season. 32 campers at the Comprehensive inTENsive Experience worked hard all week, learned a lot, and were frequently reminded about distancing! We couldn't do everything we normally do, but it was still very productive. Next high-level camp, PA inVA, is just 5 days away!
After kicking off camp with 2017 NCAA champ Darian Cruz, 4x NCAA All-American Steve Fittery is a featured clinician at PA inVAsion just 7 days from today. He is one of the most knowledgeable and entertaining clinicians in the country and currently runs the very popular FITS Wrestling Academy. He has been to TOP many times and has a huge following of fans! www.topofthepodium.org/pa-invasion-camp.html
Shipment of 7 boxes of new ASICS shoes arrived today. We already received ADIDAS shoes for the coming season, so we're fully stocked. As always, discounted price on shoes, headgear and more at our wrestling store
PA inVAsion Camp has incredible clinicians again this year, but our camp counselors are awesome too. We recently announced 2 Va Tech NCAA qualifiers---Joey Prata and Collin Gerardi. Also returning from last year is Alex Madrigal from GMU---he won the award for most Tech Falls in D1 last season! www.topofthepodium.org/pa-invasion-camp.html
Only 10 days away from the region's most popular camp: PA inVAsion! This year, clinicians include 2x Olympian Kerry McCoy, 2017 NCAA champ Darian Cruz, and 4x All-American Steve Fittery. Counselors include Big 10 champ Aaron Brooks of Penn State, and Virginia Tech starters Joey Prata and Collin Gerardi. More to be named. To ensure adequate space, we are accepting fewer athletes this year, so this camp may sell out again. www.topofthepodium.org/pa-invasion-camp.html
It's time to set your plans for when school starts. Our new day camp allows kids to learn, socialize, and get exercise in a great environment. If you don't want your kids at home 3 or 5 days a week, this is a great option. Registration is open!
Northern Virginia Day Camp during COVID-19 school closures
unfortunately, due to new NCAA rules, current college coaches are not allowed to interact with HS athletes this summer---meaning two of our featured clinicians can no longer come to camp (Teague Moore and Tim Flynn). We are disappointed but will replace them with other great clinicians!
He's back! He was originally scheduled for PA inVAsion, but then we had to change dates and it didn't work with his schedule. But now 2017 NCAA champion Darian Cruz is back and will kick off PA inVAsion Camp on July 22!
He was a three-time All-American at Lehigh University and was a National champion in 2017. This is his first year on the National Team. Darian took some time out of his schedule to answer some questions for us. What is your favorite movie?
Another counselor for next week's camp---Michael Battista of UVA will be with us every afternoon. He attended many TOP camps while winning state championships for Broad Run HS.
2019-20 • Advanced to the third-place match at the ACC Championships • Posted an 18-20 record with a surge down the stretch in the regular-season and at ACC Championships • Posted a fifth-place finish at the Keystone Classic (11/24) with a 4-2 record • Went 3-1 at the Wolfpack Open (11/17) a...
California RTC Executive Director and Head Coach Kerry McCoy leads a Zoom workout with members of the U.S. Women's National Team this afternoon. Kerry is a featured clinician at our PA inVAsion Camp later this month.
In 8 days, the Comprehensive Intensive will be underway! Great staff, including former GMU head coach Mark Weader, Chad Obzud (BRHS), Paul Grinups (IHS), Tom Houck (TOP), counselor Jay Aiello (current UVA), and others. If you're not signing up with a partner, please register soon because we are starting to prearrange partners tomorrow to comply with "Operation Safe Mat Return" guidelines.
Thanks to Scott Brubaker (SYA Matdogs), Russ Pratt (Mat Sharks), Sherry and Moose Reichow (Eastern Loudoun), and David Dziabo (adult wrestling) for volunteering today. We moved and assembled furniture, picked weeds, and more!
If you're bored today or just want to help out, we will be at TOP from 10-2. Pulling weeds, putting together furniture, etc. You can be inside or outside!
We are doing it! Since so many families are now in a bind with school closings, TOP Priority Day Camps will open in the fall. AND since we love wrestlers.....if you have wrestled at TOP in the past year (or attend camp this summer), you receive 10% off the first month's registration. A new section on our web site explains how it works and how we will convert the building for this purpose.
Northern Virginia Day Camp during COVID-19 school closures
WE ARE! Aaron Brooks will be a counselor at our PA inVAsion Camp. He is a 2020 Big Ten Champion (as a true freshman) and was a favorite to win a NCAA title. Aaron is a 4x Maryland state champ and was 2018 National High School Coaches Association Wrestler of the Year. He joins Kerry McCoy, Teague Moore, and Steve Fittery at this camp (and more to be named). Camp is July 22-25. Extensive safety protocols will be in place!
Each year, a Penn State wrestling star comes to our PA inVAsion Camp. Tomorrow, we will announce this summer's guest counselor
10-2 on Sunday. Volunteer day at TOP! We will assemble donated furniture and do other things inside. If you prefer outside, the pandemic has resulted in many weeds. In fact, if outside, feel free to come over anytime to pull weeds :-) It's a bit out of control right now. No permission needed. Thank you to anyone who helps!! 😀
On Monday, we will begin contacting registrants for the Comprehensive Intensive Experience beginning July 13. We will be going over safety protocols and making sure everyone is on the same page. For this camp, many of our activities are outside (even more than last year) and it's easy to socially distance! And we are excited UVA star Jay Aiello will be with us all week as a counselor!
Thanks to Leidos, we picked up a truckload of donated furniture today. Desks, chairs, conference table and more. Getting ready for Day Camps in the fall. Imagine 2-3 days a week at TOP when they're not in school! More details coming soon
We are excited to announce 4x NCAA All-American Steve Fittery returns to TOP for PA inVAsion Camp (July 22-25). He joins Kerry McCoy, Teague Moore, and more to be named. Be sure to review Operation Safe Mat Return (our 30-point plan to operate safely and responsibly). www.topofthepodium.org/pa-invasion-camp.html
We have exciting news! We are planning to offer a safe place where kids can spend the day learning, exercising and having fun if they aren't allowed in schools. We've run youth camps for years and have a large facility with many amenities. So while this wasn't part of our original mission, we feel bad that many families will be adversely impacted by distant learning. We are putting out feelers for staff now and have already started to put together a dynamic program!
OK, is this better?
Interesting and commonsense approach. One might think government officials would give similar guidance. When considering the age of youth wrestlers (an even lower risk than the under 50 group), positive data in our area, lack of smoking, etc., reasonable people would conclude it's perfectly fine for the vast majority of kids to play sports, including wrestle.
Despite headlines about COVID cases in other parts of the country, we try to follow all studies and are greatly encouraged by the data regarding young people as well as older people without underlying conditions. It also appears that young people don't transmit the virus like older people. This is all good news for when we return to the mats with precautions in place!
OVERVIEW OF TOP'S 2020 CAMPS
Pulled out an old drafting table to use for creative projects. Walt Disney said,"Nothing is more exciting than a blank sheet of paper." (paraphrase). Right now, working on a new online resource to help new wrestling coaches and also plans for different scenarios that may or may not happen in the fall/winter during these unprecedented times.
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