Located at 409 Beech Street in Manchester NH, The Manchester Police Athletic League strives to foster and maintain positive relationships between the youth of the Greater Manchester area and members of the Manchester Police department. MPAL offers area youth a safe structured environment to help kids grow, make the right choices and become productive members of the community. By providing mentoring along with sports and academic instruction in the after school/early evening hours, we believe we are making champions both in and out of the gym.
At about 11:30 p.m. on October 2, 1976, Officer Ralph Miller responded to 119 Hall Street to check a report of a loud party. Cleo Roy, age 15, was armed with a rifle and was standing silhouetted in the doorway as Officer Miller approached the residence. Roy raised the rifle and fired a shot, striking Officer Miller in the upper chest. Officer Miller died later that night at the Catholic Medical Center - East. At the time of his death, Officer Miller was 25 years old and had served as a Manchester Police Officer for one year. Join the MPAL Granite State Gryphons in honoring Officer Miller’s memory on Sunday, August 19th for the 1st ever Ralph Miller Spartan Tourney!
The Spartan Tournament is a unique tournament designed to have constant action with minimal stalling. It is formatted to encourage take downs and throws along with mat awareness.
1 period lasting 60 seconds followed by
30 second over time
and if needed, 10 second sudden death!
Pushout – 1 point
Takedown – 2 pts
Takedown to back – victory
3 pts - victory
4 Man Round Robin
$10 per wrestler
Rules, weights, and other information
This is a fundraising tournament. MPAL is a non-profit, inner city program. This tourney is being held as a fundraiser for MPAL and our wrestling program. Proceeds will help our kids get to tournaments throughout the upcoming season. The entry fee for this competition is $10/wrestler cash or check made out to Manchester Police Athletic League. Please write Ralph Miller Spartan in the memo section.
To be a part of this awesome competition, please preregister by email or show up the day of! The email should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org and needs to contain your child’s name, grade, weight and club. Payment will be collected at check-in. A parent or legal guardian must complete and sign a waiver for the wrestler to compete. If you request one, I can email it to you, and there will be waivers at the tourney. Please keep in mind, there is no spectator fee, however donations of any size will be accepted with gratitude. If you choose, you may weigh in and submit the entry fee the day before the event at MPAL from the hours of 2pm-4pm.
Awards for this event will include 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place medals for all groups. Also, we will use the honor system for grades k-4 and weigh ins for grades 5-8. During weigh/check in period, we will conduct skin and nail checks. In order to keep our kiddos safe, there will be no suplex of any kind allowed, all other throws will be permitted. We will also have a concession stand.
Brackets will be compiled by age and weight. This is not a leveled competition.
Kindergarten – Check in 0700-0745, wrestle at 0800
1st and 2nd grade – Check in 0800-0845 wrestle at 0900
3rd and 4th grade – check in 0900-0945 wrestle at 1000
5th and 6th grade – weigh in 1000-1045 wrestle at 1130
7th and 8th grade – weigh – in 1100-1145 wrestle at 1230
We want our participants to wrestle comfortably. This means they may wear singlets or gym shorts and T-Shirts. Wrestling shoes are must and mouth guard is mandatory if wrestler has braces. Headgear and hairnet are both optional. Limited parking is available in the parking lot across the street in addition to on-street parking
Here is how we will run time and score the matches for all ages.
1 minute regulation period
30 second overtime
10 second sudden death
Scoring for k-4:
Pushout – 1pt
Clean takedown to control – 2 pts
Takedown to back ( i.e throws to flat on back with control) Automatic victory
First person to 3 points wins, or whoever has most points at end of match.
NO SUDDEN DEATH!!
Scoring for 5th-8th:
Push out – 1 point
Clean takedown to control – 2 pts
Takedown to back (throws to flat on back with control) Automatic victory
First person to 3 points during regulation and /or overtime wins. All points are zeroed out for sudden death, first points wins. If after sudden death there is still a tie, bout goes to bottom of list to be wrestled again.
K-4 will wrestle on 3 mats and 5-8 will wrestle on 2 mats. Also, please keep in mind, all of our staff are volunteers. Referees and table workers will be High School wrestlers and coaches.