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BTS Coronavirus Update 3/27

As the growing concerns of the coronavirus continue to increase, we at BTS take your health and safety as our first priority.  We are doing are part by consulting with USA Wrestling, Beat the Streets National and their partner organizations, the PSAL, and our Board Members that govern our BTS NYC organization.  We are following guidelines set by Center for Disease Control and World Health Organization as well as those set by government officials.  

At this time the BTS Training Center at Columbia University is still closed.  The re-opening of the training center is reliant on access granted by Columbia's staff and our Board Members approval to re-open. 

BTS New York City is collaborating with BTS organizations from across the country to stay engaged with our members.  Together, we are attempting to achieve one million minutes of physical activity and enrichment during this time.  We are remotely providing cross training workouts, technique clips and matches, and enrichment oriented activities to you our members every day at 3pm on our Beat the Streets NYC instagram story.   We encourage our members to log their minutes into our nationwide tracker each day to help us achieve our million minutes goal.  Click HERE to go to the national tracker to help NYC!

Additional Resources:
Remote Learning Device Request - Click HERE
Free Meals for All - Click HERE

Lastly, we want to remind you of ways to stay safe and healthy!

Take steps to protect yourself

  • Clean your hands often
    • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
    • If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick

Take steps to protect others

  • Stay home if you’re sick
  • Cover coughs and sneezes
    • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze or use the inside of your elbow.
    • Throw used tissues in the trash.
    • Immediately wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not readily available, clean your hands with a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
  • Wear a facemask if you are sick
    • If you are sick:  You should wear a facemask when you are around other people (e.g., sharing a room or vehicle) and before you enter a healthcare provider’s office. If you are not able to wear a facemask (for example, because it causes trouble breathing), then you should do your best to cover your coughs and sneezes, and people who are caring for you should wear a facemask if they enter your room. Learn what to do if you are sick.
    • If you are NOT sick: You do not need to wear a facemask unless you are caring for someone who is sick (and they are not able to wear a facemask). Facemasks may be in short supply and they should be saved for caregivers.
  • Clean and disinfect
    • Clean AND disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily. This includes tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, and sinks.
    • If surfaces are dirty, clean them: Use detergent or soap and water prior to disinfection.

Beat The Streets Program Overview

Junior League
The Beat the Streets Junior League is the only middle school wrestling league in New York City. In partnership with the Department of Education, we provide after-school programming for middle school kids in the form of practices and competitions focused on learning the basics of wrestling in a safe, fun environment. Six-week seasons take place in the fall, winter, and spring.

Boys and Girls High School
BTS provides PSAL Wrestling with tournament kits delivering score clocks and mats allowing schools to run their own tournaments. We sponsor the NYC Mayor’s Cup Tournament; the PSAL trip to the Eastern States Classic; and the NYC Gotham City Girls Open, one of the premier girls tournaments in the country.

Neighborhood Training Centers
BTS provides youth and high school students with after-school programming through neighborhood-based practices held year-round. These training centers create a sense of community and give our members consistent, caring mentors through our coaches.

BTS adds to students’ development off-the-mat through Wrestler’s Mark Curriculum and Awards - drawing parallels between wrestling and life, college visits, and SAT Prep and Regents Exam Tutoring. Through partnership with Varonis, our students have exclusive access to Life Skills Internships, Financial Skills Workshops, and additional tutoring. 

BTS Academy
The Academy provides opportunities to our most engaged members.  Through consistent Training Center and Enrichment participation, our student-athletes earn scholarships to regional and national competitions as well as college-run sleepaway camps, where they enjoy wrestling training and off-the-mat education on topics such as college access and leadership training.

Coaches’ Development
We provide on-site coach mentoring, online resources to improve their teaching technique, and seminars throughout the year. Our Coach Academy offers Team Grants to coaches that regularly attend our development seminars.


High School