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Beach Wrestling promotional presentation posted on TheMat.com as a pdf file and powerpoint document



USA Wrestling has posted a promotional document on the new sport of Beach Wrestling on TheMat.com for wrestling leaders and the wrestling community to use to market the sport.

The document is entitled "BEACH WRESTLING: A new international sport based upon a rich wrestling tradition." It is 19 pages long, and includes numerous photos of beach wrestling action, as well as information about the sport in bullet-point format.

These files can be downloaded from the internet. The wrestling community is encouraged to use this document to make presentations to the public about Beach Wrestling, in order to build the sport and educate people. The files can be found in the "Membership Services" section of TheMat.com, under the heading for Official Forms.

The PDF file can be downloaded at:
http://www.themat.com/newusaw/forms/BeachPromo.pdf

The Powerpoint document can be downloaded at:
http://www.themat.com/newusaw/database/showquestion.asp?faq=14fldAuto=478

The various sections in the presentation include:
* What do you need?
* Where can you hold it?
* How does this help wrestling?
* What is the history of Beach Wrestling?
* Where do they wrestle in sand, dirt or dust?
* What are the rules of Beach Wrestling?
* What did we learn in Long Beach, N.Y.
* What can State Associations do to get involved right now?

In 2004, FILA, the international wrestling federation, announced that Beach Wrestling would be added as a new international wrestling style for men and women.

The rules for Beach Wrestling are simple. Men wear athletic swimming trunks and women wear a one or two piece bathing suit. Athletes wrestle on a sand surface, with a 20-foot diameter circle marked in the sand. Matches start in the standing position and last three minutes. All wrestling is done from the standing position, with points awarded for takedowns and when a wrestler leaves the circle. When an athlete has two scoring moves, the bout is ended.

Beach Wrestling events have been held in the United States during the past year, including competitions in Oregon, New Mexico, Ohio and New York. The first national-level Beach Wrestling competition, the ASICS 2005 East Coast Beach Nationals, was hosted in Long Beach, N.Y. on August 13.

USA Wrestling has asked all of its state associations to organize Beach Wrestling competitions for the 2005-06 season.

For more information on Beach Wrestling, contact Gary Abbott of USA Wrestling at 719-598-8181 or via e-mail at gabbott@usawrestling.org
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