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					RALSTON WRESTLING

PLAYER HANDBOOK

“It's a Lifestyle”

Table of Contents
Philosophy of Ralston Wrestling Rules & Polices Three Basic Rules General Conduct Practice Policies Equipment Locker room Injuries Training Room General Health Polices Communicable Skin Conditions Choosing a Weight Class NSAA Weight Management Program & Guidelines Background Philosophy Purpose Rationale Regulations Hydration Testing Body Fat Testing & Establishing Minimum Weight Body Fat Appeals & Medical Clearances Time Period for Measurements School Responsibilities for the measurements Out-of-state & Non-Varsity Competitions Growth Allowance Weight Loss Per Week Establishing a mininum Weight class NSAA approved Assessors Data Collection Costs The Nutrition Education Program Preparation of Wrestlers for Assessments Team Confidentiality 2008-09 NFHS Rules Changes School Rules & Polices Attendance System Appointments during the school day Prearranges/extended absences Lunch absences State Meet & Tournament Absences Unexcused Absences Reporting Absences Tardy Procedures
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Conduct & Discipline Demerits Possession or use of tobacco Products Possession or use of alcohol/drugs Activities & Athletics Activity Code Absence & Activity participation Activities, Conflict in Scheduling Activity Tickets Athletic Participation Accident Insurance Eligibility Requirements Flowchart Goals Team Goals Individual Goals Duals/tournament Procedures Lettering Requirements Wrestling Records 2008-09 Schedule The bottom Line The Man in the Glass Rules Contract

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Ralston Wrestling
Philosophy of Ralston Wrestling
The philosophy of the Ralston Wrestling consists of six parts: Responsibility, Work Ethic, Attitude, Personal Improvement, Sportsmanship, and a Commitment to Excellence. Responsibility: Anyone can make a mistake but How you respond and learn from that mistake is more Important. You must be Responsible for your actions in your academic work, athletic endeavors, and Personal life. Work Ethic: There is no substitute for hard work, whether it is in the off-season, weight room training or in the wrestling room. Attitude: Winners have positive attitudes. Defeats and constructive criticism will happen, but staying positive, and learning from mistakes will make you better. Personal Improvement: The goal is to continually improve. Each day should be viewed as an opportunity to improve, whether it is in the classroom, an athletic event, or life. Sportsmanship: Team members are expected to represent themselves, their family, school, teammates, coaches and community in a first class manner. Commitment to Excellence: each team member exemplifies total effort and concentration whereby he gives his absolute best during practice, competition, and in the classroom, regardless of the result.

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Rules and Policies
Three Basic Rules Be on Time No Surprises Work Hard General Conduct
1. Respect other people’s property, never steal it or destroy it. 2. Do not use profanity. 3. Any wrestler, who is causing trouble around school or is kept after school, will have extra conditioning. Continued troubles may result in suspension from competition. You each represent the RHS wrestling team on and off the mat, strive to be a model student/athlete. 4. Work hard in school to maintain passing grades. You are in school first and foremost to get an education! If you do not keep your grades up to certain levels, you will eligibility to participate. Please read the guidelines in the handbook that pertains to this.

Practice Policies
1. The practice sessions will be approximately one hour and 45 mins. each day. 2. All wrestlers are to be dressed and ready for practice at 3:40. This includes any tapings or rehab in the training room. 3. All wrestlers are expected to attend all scheduled practices and weight room training unless I excuse you. This includes practices over the holiday and winter breaks. Unexcused absences will not be tolerated. One unexcused absence will result in additional work after practice. Two unexcused absences will result in missed competitions. Multiple unexcused absences may result in removal from the team. Sickness is an excused absence. If you go home sick during the day you must report (through email or a phone call) it to me. 4. We will work hard in practice. In order to compete in this sport, this is necessary. If you cannot follow the rules you will be asked to leave. If asked twice to leave, don’t come back. 5. Weight room – With weight training becoming a credit course I strongly encourage your participation in the class. If you are already enrolled great. If you are not then you will have to lift in the mornings starting at 7:00. Extra conditioning will occur if you don’t attend.

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Equipment
YOU ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR EACH PIECE OF EQUIPMENT CHECKED OUT TO YOU. AT THE END OF THE SEASON YOU WILL BE CHARGED FOR ANYTHING THAT IS MISSING OR WAS DAMGED DUE TO NEGLECT ON YOUR PART. HEADGEARS WILL BE WORN AT ALL PRACTICES, AND MATCHES. WRESTLERS WILL HAVE TO PROVIDE WRESTLING SHOES, HEADGEAR & DAILY WORKOUT GEAR.

Locker Room
IT IS THE RESPONSIBILITY OF THE ENTIRE TEAM TO KEEP A CLEAN LOCKER ROOM AT ALL TIMES. EXTRA CONDITIONING FOR THE ENTIRE TEAM WILL RESULT IF THIS IS NOT DONE. NO FOOLING AROUND IN THE LOCKER ROOM, YOU SHOULD NOT HAVE TIME BEFORE PRACTICE AND YOU SHOULD BE TOO TIRED AFTER PRACTICE. PLAYERS ARE NOT ALLOWED IN THE COACHES OFFICE OR EQUIPMENT ROOM. IF YOU NEED SOMETHING, KNOCK ON THE DOOR AND WAIT FOR A COACH OR MANAGER TO TAKE CARE OF YOU.

Injuries
IF YOU GET INJURED DURING THE SEASON, YOU NEED TO SEE THE FOLLOWING PEOPLE IN THIS ORDER: • COACHES – TELL US FIRST • TRAINER – THEY ARE THEIR TO HELP US • Sports Doctor – Please try and see a sports doctor. They are trained to deal with sports injuries – Make sure you get a note when you see them.

Training Room
THE TRAINING ROOM IS TO BE USED ONLY BY THOSE ATHLETES THAT NEED TAPED OR TREATMENT. MAKE SURE YOU SIGN-INWHEN YOU ENTER THE ROOM AND GET OUT OF THERE AS SOON AS YOU CAN. YOU MUST BE TO PRACTICE BY 3:40.

General Health Policies
To ensure that the team stays healthy throughout the season some precautions need to be taken. The mats will be cleaned on a daily basis. Wrestlers will be expected to take home workout clothing on a daily basis to be washed and cleaned. Before each practice you will be required to use skin lube to protect against infection. Every wrestler will be expected to shower after practice. Wrestlers need to dress appropriately for the weather. Reminder: All wrestlers must have a physical & parent consent before you can practice or compete. 6

Communicable Skin Conditions
The following guidelines provide practical suggestions that will help reduce the incidence of communicable skin conditions among wrestlers: 1. Coaches must visit with wrestlers, and their parents, about how to recognize and prevent the most common communicable skin conditions. 2. Clean wrestling mats at least once a day with a disinfectant cleaner*, preferably within one hour of practice or competition. Allow mats to air-dry before using. There is great benefit from cleaning mats before and after practice. *(Disinfectant cleaners used should state they are effective against viruses, fungi and bacteria.) 3. Don't allow any wrestler into the practice room without clean practice gear. 4. Launder all towels, practice gear and uniforms after each use. To destroy diseasecausing organisms, either use detergent containing bleach or dry all articles in a dryer at the high heat setting. 5. Wrestlers should not put dirty practice clothes in the same gym bag in which they carry clean practice clothes to school. This may contaminate the bag and, therefore, the clean clothes. 6. Headgear, shoes and neoprene sleeves and supports should be wiped with a disinfectant cleaner after every use and allowed to air dry. 7. Do not allow wrestlers to share any item of practice gear or use common towels. 8. Require each wrestler to shower after each practice and contest, scrubbing vigorously with an antibacterial or deodorant soap. Consider providing liquid soap. If this is not possible, do not allow wrestlers to share bars of soap. 9. Wrestlers should keep their fingernails trimmed short to avoid scratching themselves or others, as any opening in the skin increases the risk of infection. 10. Wash wall mats with a disinfectant cleaner on a regular basis (1-2 times weekly). 11. Wipe weight benches with a disinfectant cleaner after each use and/or before the next day's use. 12. Open the doors to the wrestling room each night and use fans to lower the heat and humidity. Proper ventilation is very important to destroy disease-causing organisms, especially those causing fungal conditions, such as ringworm. 13. Wrestlers, especially those who have experienced communicable skin conditions in the past, should boost their natural immunity to all diseases by eating healthy foods and getting adequate rest. They may also wish to take a multi-vitamin supplement. 14. Coaches or Certified Athletic Trainers should perform daily skin checks on all wrestlers on the team, to catch early outbreaks of a communicable skin condition before it infects fellow teammates or an opponent. The following guidelines will help reduce the spread of communicable skin conditions, if at least one wrestler is already infected: 1. Wrestlers with any signs of a communicable skin condition must be sent to a physician immediately and MUST be withheld from practice until a medical diagnosis and clearance is obtained. 2. Wrestlers with a suspect skin condition must have current written permission from a physician before returning to practice/competition and should have such clearance before being allowed to participate in any way. After receiving physician clearance, it is 7

wise to cover the affected area(s) with an occlusive (water resistant) dressing, or a gauze pad with water resistant covering on at least one side, until the lesion(s) is completely gone. 3. Wrestlers having lesions from a communicable skin condition on their face or neck should launder their pillowcase on a daily basis. 4. Wrestlers with any signs of a communicable skin condition should wash their hands frequently to avoid contaminating themselves, or others. 5. Wrestlers with communicable skin conditions should be made aware that contact they have with others during the school day, outside the wrestling room, may spread the condition to others.

Choosing a Weight Class

NSAA Wrestling Weight Management Program And Guidelines
Updated on 7/17/08 (In Red) BACKGROUND: The Nebraska School Activities Association (NSAA) Board of Control authorized the creation of a committee to review the current weight management program for students participating in interscholastic wrestling in Nebraska. The committee met for the second time on April 27, 2007. The committee reviewed the current NSAA Weight Management Program, reviewed the history of weight management issues considered by the NFHS Wrestling Rules Committee, reviewed the interscholastic weight management plans adopted in several states and developed the following information and guidelines. The National Wrestling Coaches Association, who has worked with 35 states in the formation of weight management programs, was consulted during the creation, revision and review process. PHILOSOPHY: The NSAA Wrestling Weight Management Committee believes one of the primary factors in promoting proper weight maintenance among high school wrestlers is the development of a program to determine a safe minimum weight class for wrestlers based on body fat testing combined with hydration testing. The NSAA Wrestling Weight Management Committee identified the following elements of the program: 1. Any changes in the Nebraska wrestling weight management program will support efforts to make participation in wrestling a healthy and safe experience for Nebraska students. 2. The intent of the program is to continue to provide students participating in wrestling with a process to identify the wrestler’s minimum weight class for participation purposes that factors body fat testing while the student is properly hydrated; 3. The program identifies the minimum weight class, based on a body fat measurement of 7% for male wrestlers and 12% for female wrestlers, that is appropriate for the wrestler’s natural weight as identified by body fat testing; 4. The program establishes a minimum weight class along with a maximum weight loss, on the average body weight descent of 1.5% per week, 5. The program contains nutritional information which will assist students in maintaining a healthy lifestyle during the interscholastic wrestling season. The NSAA Wrestling Weight Management Committee recognizes the issue of proper weight management for youth is NOT an issue exclusive to the sport of wrestling or to only those students participating in wrestling. The issue of weight management is an issue central to the sport of wrestling and the committee welcomes the opportunity to address this issue through a review of current medical information and adoption of a program that incorporates medical research. The committee also emphasizes that proposed changes or modifications to the current NSAA weight management plan are NOT: 1. drug testing efforts; 2. attempts to create financial impediments to the continuation of interscholastic wrestling programs; 3. intended to reduce the number of students participating in wrestling; 4. designed to reduce the number of schools offering interscholastic wrestling as a sports option for students. PURPOSE: The primary purpose of this body fat testing program is to determine the lowest, safe minimum weight for each wrestler in order to provide a safe wrestling environment for all high school wrestlers in Nebraska. The NSAA is NOT encouraging wrestlers to attain their lowest minimum wrestling weight. Wrestlers may find that they actually perform better while participating in a weight class that may be higher than their minimum weight class. A wrestler’s minimum weight may not be his/her optimal competitive weight; it is simply the lowest weight at which a wrestler may compete.

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RATIONALE FOR A NEW NSAA WEIGHT MANAGEMENT PROGRAM: The committee identified the following reasons for the program: 1. It is important to use a medical basis for establishing a wrestler’s minimum wrestling weight; 2. It is important to develop a program that focuses on the health of the students participating in wrestling; 3. NFHS Wrestling Rule 1-3 mandates each state association to utilize a weight management program that assesses both body fat percentage and hydration; 4. It is important that NSAA member schools and wrestling coaches continue efforts to respond to weight management concerns to protect the integrity of the sport; 5. It is important to continue efforts in order to reduce the liability exposure to schools, coaches, and the NSAA; 6. Changes in the weight management methods in the sport of wrestling must be reasonable in cost and within member schools ability to administer; 7. The new NSAA Weight Management Program and any subsequent changes in the weight management rules will support current efforts of NSAA member school coaches to teach/coach athletes in a responsible manner, and; 8. The NSAA and its member schools have a responsibility to safely promote the sport of wrestling. NSAA WEIGHT MANAGEMENT REGULATIONS: The establishment of a minimum wrestling weight class based on 7% body fat for males and 12%, for females, as set by the NFHS, is required for all high schools in Nebraska. The NSAA will utilize the National Wrestling Coaches Association (NWCA) Optimal Performance Calculator as the mechanism to calculate the minimum wrestling weight for each wrestler. NSAA Approved Assessors will use the NWCA Optimal Performance Calculator as a data-reporting tool. Schools will utilize the site to receive and enter data. The NWCA program will also serve as nutritional supplement for coaches and athletes. I. HYDRATION TESTING: A. Hydration testing must be the first step the assessment process. It is essential for coaches to stress to wrestlers the importance of hydrating prior to the scheduled assessment date. B. Specific gravity assessment of the urine will determine whether a candidate may participate in the body fat assessment. If the wrestler has a specific gravity above the predetermined level, he/she may NOT be assessed for body composition. This is a pass/fail assessment based on a specific gravity 1.025 g/ml or less. The school will provide individuals to conduct the specimen collection and assist with the testing. Schools should make sure that each wrestler is tested individually to prevent urine exchange (the right to privacy must be respected). C. If the wrestler passes the specific gravity test, only then may he/she continue to the body fat test. D. If the wrestler fails the specific gravity test, he/she may not be assessed for 48 hours and must meet the hydration requirement before the body fat test takes place for an Appeal. E. Once a wrestler has passed the Urine Specific Gravity Test, he/she must be body fat tested immediately, on that date, without any exercise or delays. F. Hydration Testing will be done using one of two methods: 1. Refractometer; or 2. HydraTrend Test Strips for specific gravity and pH in urine G. The athlete will use a cup to collect a urine sample for testing. NSAA Approved Assessors will then conduct the Hydration Test. H. NSAA Approved Assessors will follow the NSAA hydration testing protocol. I. The hydration test is NOT a drug test! J. It is possible that an athlete cannot reach the proper hydration level due to medical reasons. Verification by a medical professional would be necessary. Please contact the NSAA office. II. BODY FAT TESTING AND ESTABLISHING MINIMUM WEIGHTS: **NOTE: An athlete may not proceed to the Body Fat Test until they have passed the Hydration Test. A. One of the following body fat testing methods will be utilized to determine each wrestler’s body fat percentage: 1. Bioelectrical Impedance Analysis (BIA) by use of a Tanita Scale (TBF-300WA) If using the Tanita Scale the assessor must use the ATHLETIC mode. 2. Skin Fold Calipers: Baseline, Harpenden, Holtain, Lange, Lafayette, or Skyndex Note: Plastic calipers will not be permitted. 3. Hydrostatic (Underwater) Weighing. 4. Air Displacement System (Bod Pod). 5. Dune Entergy X-Ray Absorptiometry (Dexa) B. Only measurements taken by persons who are NSAA Approved Assessors will be accepted. It is the responsibility of the school to contact an Assessor and arrange a time to have the wrestler(s) measured or attend an NSAA sponsored

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regional testing clinic. No wrestler may compete without having a minimum wrestling weight established by the NWCA Optimal Performance Calculator. An athlete’s participation in competition, at any level, prior to results being posted in the NWCA web site by an assessor or the NSAA staff will make all results of an appeal or medical clearance null and void. The athlete’s descent plan would be based upon the last successful body fat test (original Alpha Test or Body Fat Appeal Test). C. The lowest weight class a wrestler may compete at will be determined as follows: 1. One simple variance after a successful Alpha Test or Appeal will be utilized. All minimum weights will be rounded down to the nearest whole pound - up to .9999 of a pound. Example: Minimum Wrestling Weight (MWW) before variance 148.81 = 148 Minimum Wrestling Weight with Variance (MWWV). = 152 as the lowest weight class. 2. NO descent variance to a weight class will be used. The descent will begin on the day of the test – there will be NO post dating of tests to the previous Monday. 3. If the minimum weight, at 7% or 12% body fat, is exactly that of one of the adopted weight classes, that weight shall be the wrestler’s MWWV. 4. If the minimum weight, at 7% or 12% body fat, is .9999 of a pound or less from one of the adopted weight classes, that weight class shall be the wrestler’s MWWV. 5. If the minimum weight, at 7% or 12% body fat, is greater than .9999 of a pound from one of the adopted weight classes, the next higher weight class shall be the wrestler’s MWWV. 6. If the wrestler’s body fat test result is lower than 7% or 12 %, the next higher weight class shall be the wrestler’s minimum weight class. 7. No out-of-state transfer Alpha Test, Appeal Test, or Medical Clearance results will be accepted by the NSAA. III. BODY FAT APPEALS AND MEDICAL CLEARANCES: A. For Male Athletes ABOVE 7% Body Fat & Females Athletes ABOVE 12 % Body Fat: 1. Step #1 Alpha Test a) If the coach and athlete are satisfied with Body Fat results; the process is complete. (1) Coach prints the Alpha Test Results (2) Athlete and Coach sign the Alpha Test (3) Coach keeps the signed results on file b) If the coach or athlete is not satisfied with Body Fat results – the athlete may proceed to Step #2 OR Step #3. 2. Step #2 Body Fat Test Appeal a) The athlete must wait a minimum of 48 hours to Appeal. b) The cost of the appeal is to be paid by the school or the wrestler depending on the school’s policy. c) No athlete may compete until all appeal data is entered by a registered NSAA Assessor. The athlete’s appeal results must be within the NWCA Optimal Performance Calculator to appear on a pre-meet weigh in form. d) An athlete may appeal to the same NSAA registered assessor or a different NSAA registered assessor. e) Athlete may use the same or a different method of assessment. f) The athlete must pass the hydration test prior to the weight being recorded by the assessor. g) If the athlete fails the hydration test, the athlete must wait 48 hours to begin the Body Fat Test Appeal again. h) The athlete is appealing the Body Fat test results only – any weight loss greater than 1.5% per week, calculated daily, will result in a failed appeal test. An athlete that fails the appeal test will have two choices: (Coaches - Refer to Individual Weight Loss Plan). (1) Use the first Alpha Test results. (2) Proceed to Step #3 - while still using the original Alpha Test Results. i) No other appeals will be granted. j) The testing results of the appeal, even if it is higher than the minimum weight of the initial test, shall be final. k) An athlete’s participation in competition, at any level, prior to results being posted by the registered NSAA assessor will make all results of the Body Fat Appeal test null and void. The athlete’s descent plan will be based upon the original Alpha Test. l) If the coach and athlete are satisfied with Body Fat Appeal Test results; the process is complete. (1) Coach prints the Body Fat Appeal Test results (2) Athlete and Coach sign the Body Fat Appeal Test results (3) Coach keeps the Body Fat appeal Test on file 3. Step #3 Medical Professional Clearance a) A Medical Clearance will allow the wrestler to descend up to 2% in body weight- beyond the MWWV as established by a successful Alpha Test or Body Fat Appeal Test. b) The cost of the Medical Professional Clearance is to be paid by the school or the wrestler depending on the school’s policy. c) A Medical Professional is defined as any person medically licensed to diagnose, treat, or recommend treatment in the state of Nebraska. The individual giving the medical opinion must do so with the scope of his/her training and within the limits defined by the state statutes as to services that can be legally performed by the field of practice to which the individual belongs. (Physician, DO, Physician’s Assistant, Nurse Practitioner, Chiropractor) d) An athlete may use a medical clearance after a successful Alpha Test, a successful Body Fat Appeal, or a failed

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Body Fat Appeal. e) An athlete that failed the Body Fat Appeal test due to weight loss greater than 1.5% per week, calculated daily, must use the first Alpha Test results as the basis of his/her Medical Professional Clearance. f) The athlete must still follow a weekly 1.5% body weight descent plan, calculated daily, to reach the lower weight established by the medical professional. g) A completed Medical Clearance Form must be FAXED to the NSAA office upon completion. The NSAA staff will enter all data into the NWCA Optimal Performance Calculator regarding Medical Clearance forms upon the NSAA’s review and final approval. h) No athlete may compete until all data is approved and entered by the NSAA staff. Once the athlete’s Medical Clearance results are entered into the NWCA Optimal Performance Calculator, the athlete is eligible to compete. i) An athlete’s participation in competition, at any level, prior to final NSAA approval will make all results of a medical clearance null and void. The athlete’s descent plan would be based upon the last successful body fat test (original Alpha Test or Body Fat Appeal Test). B. For Male Athletes AT OR BELOW 7% Body Fat & Females Athletes AT OR BELOW 12 % Body Fat: Step #1 Alpha Test a) If the coach and athlete are satisfied with Body Fat results; the process is complete. (1) Coach prints the Alpha Test Results (2) Athlete and Coach sign the Alpha Test (3) Coach keeps the signed results on file a) If the coach or athlete is not satisfied with Body Fat results; the athlete may proceed to Step #2 OR Step #3 Step #2 Body Fat Test Appeal a) The athlete must wait a minimum of 48 hours to Appeal. b) The cost of the appeal is to be paid by the school or the wrestler depending on the school’s policy. c) No athlete may compete until all appeal data is entered by a registered NSAA Assessor. The athlete’s appeal results must be within the NWCA Optimal Performance Calculator to appear on a pre-meet weigh in form. d) An athlete may appeal to the same NSAA registered assessor or a different NSAA registered assessor. e) Athlete may use the same or a different method of assessment. f) The athlete must pass the hydration test prior to the weight being recorded by the assessor. g) If the athlete fails the hydration test, the athlete must wait 48 hours to begin the Body Fat Test Appeal again. h) The athlete is appealing the Body Fat test results only – ANY WEIGHT LOSS, will resulting a failed appeal test. An athlete that fails the appeal test will have two choices: (Coaches - Refer to Individual Weight Loss Plan). (1) Use the first Alpha Test results or (2) Proceed to Step #3 - while still using the original Alpha Test Results. i) No other appeals will be granted. j) The testing results of the appeal, even if it is higher than the minimum weight of the initial test, shall be final. k) An athlete’s participation in competition, at any level, prior to results being posted by the registered NSAA assessor will make all results of the Body Fat Appeal test null and void. The athlete’s descent plan will be based upon the original Alpha Test. Step #3 Medical Professional Clearance a) A Medical Clearance will allow the wrestler to descend up to 2% in body weight- beyond the MWWV as established by a successful Alpha Test or Body Fat Appeal Test. b) The cost of the Medical Professional Clearance is to be paid by the school or the wrestler depending on the school’s policy. c) A Medical Professional is defined as any person medically licensed to diagnose, treat, or recommend treatment in the state of Nebraska. The individual giving the medical opinion must do so with the scope of his/her training and within the limits defined by the state statutes as to services that can be legally performed by the field of practice to which the individual belongs. (Physician, DO, Physician’s Assistant, Nurse Practitioner, Chiropractor) d) An athlete may use a medical clearance after a successful Alpha Test, a successful Body Fat Appeal, or a failed Body Fat Appeal. e) An athlete that failed the Body Fat Appeal test due to ANY WEIGHT LOSS, must use the first Alpha Test results as the basis of his/her Medical Professional Clearance. f) The athlete must still follow a weekly 1.5% body weight descent plan, calculated daily, to reach the lower weight established by the medical professional. g) A completed Medical Clearance Form must be FAXED to the NSAA office upon completion. The NSAA staff will enter all data into the NWCA Optimal Performance Calculator regarding Medical Clearance forms upon the NSAA’s review and final approval. h) No athlete may compete until all data is approved and entered by the NSAA staff. Once the athlete’s Medical Clearance results are entered into the NWCA Optimal Performance Calculator, the athlete is eligible to compete. i) An athlete’s participation in competition, at any level, prior to final NSAA approval will make all results of a medical clearance null and void. The athlete’s descent plan would be based upon the last successful body fat test (original Alpha Test or Body Fat Appeal Test).

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TIME PERIOD FOR MEASUREMENTS A. No wrestler may compete until he/she has participated in an initial Hydration and Body Fat Test, and his/her name and data are included on the school Alpha Master Form. B. If a wrestler is unable to participate in the Hydration and Body Fat tests because of factors outside of her/her control, NSAA staff will determine the appropriate alternative Hydration or Body Fat testing methods [Tanita Scale (TBF-300 WA), Skin fold, Bod Pod, Hydrostatic Weighing, or Dexa} that will be used to determine the minimum wrestling weight for the wrestler. C. Hydration and Body Fat Testing may begin on the Monday prior to the official start of the NSAA wrestling season (November 10, 2008). Wrestlers may be measured any time on or following this date to establish a minimum wrestling weight. All wrestlers, including those coming out late, must have their minimum wrestling weight established prior to competing. D. The Saturday of Week 29 of the Standardized Calendar (January 24, 2009) is the deadline to establish a minimum wrestling weight. Exception: A wrestler who has not been medically released to participate, upon proper release, must complete an Alpha Test by an NSAA Approved Assessor. The weight class in which the wrestler officially weighs in at for the first time after January 24, 2009, will be considered his/her minimum wrestling weight class. E. Saturday, February 7, 2009, will be the last day an Alpha Test result may be entered into the NWCA website. F. Unusual situations must be arranged with the NSAA in writing before deadline or due dates. SCHOOL RESPONSIBILITIES FOR THE MEASUREMENT PROCESS: A. Each school must join the NWCA (National Wrestling Coaches Association). Annual dues are $30.00 per year. This fee will be paid to the NSAA as part of the annual wrestling registration process each year (NSAA registration fee plus NWCA Membership). It is the school’s responsibility to contact an NSAA Approved Assessor or attend a regional testing site. B. Schools will receive results from the NWCA Optimal Performance Calculator. The NSAA reserves the right to have any wrestler re-tested. C. The NSAA recommends the standard fee for testing per athlete NOT exceed $5 per wrestler. The fee may be paid for by the wrestler, school, booster club, or sponsor. D. Schools choosing to contract with an NSAA Approved Assessor to test athletes at their own school will be required to have at the time of assessment: 1. NSAA Hydration and Body Fat Test Data Forms 2. Four adults (coach, teacher, AD, parent, etc…) who will: a. Assist with measuring height (Tanita scale only) b. Assist with the recording of data. c. Assist with urine specific gravity testing. d. Wrestling coaches may NOT take part in any part of the recording of Alpha test results. 3. HydraTrend Test Strips for Specific Gravity Hydration Testing 4. Hydration and Body Fat Tests shall not be conducted by any active wrestling coach at any level. OUT-OF-STATE COMPETITION & NON-VARSITY COMPEITION A. Nebraska school at Kansas school 1. The Nebraska school may utilize home weigh-ins. 2. AD, Assistant AD, or Registered Official must conduct weigh-in. 3. The Home Weigh-in may count towards all aspects of weight management. B. Kansas school at Nebraska School 1. No home weigh-ins will be allowed – all teams weigh-in on site. 2. Nebraska host school is responsible for communicating this rule to the Kansas school(s) in advance. C. Non-Varsity Home Weigh-Ins 1. Nebraska schools will be allowed to use home weigh-ins for non-varsity competition only. 2. Coaches must create and use a Pre-Meet Weigh-In Form through the NWCA site. 3. Schools must FAX or present the competed weigh-in form on site. 4. The weigh-in must take place on the same day as the competition. 5. The weigh-in may NOT be used to establish a “scratch” or minimum weight class. 6. Host schools must use NFHS established weight classes. 7. Coaches must enter all weigh-in data into the NWCA web site prior to the next competition at any level. GROWTH ALLOWANCE: A. The NSAA awards a two-pound growth allowance on December 25, 2008, for wrestlers who have met their minimum wrestling weight class. B. The growth allowance may not be utilized to achieve a lower minimum wrestling weight class for a wrestler. C. In order to utilize the growth allowance a wrestler shall compete at “scratch weight” in the desired weight class at least once prior to being awarded the growth allowance at that weight class.

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SCRATCH WEIGHT: References within the NSAA Wrestling Weight Management program to the term “scratch weight” refer to the weight achieved that qualifies an athlete to wrestle at one of the NFHS established weight classes less growth allowance and/or any consecutive day allowance awarded under NFHS Wrestling Rules. VIII. WEIGHT LOSS PER WEEK: A. An average weight loss limit of 1.5% of body weight at the time of initial Body Fat Test per week will begin once the athlete has successfully completed an Alpha Test, Appeal Test, or Medical Clearance. A season-long weight loss plan, calculated daily, will guide his/her weight loss during the season. B. Nebraska will utilize the NWCA Optimum Performance Calculator (OPC) into which wrestlers’ weights will be entered to chart the 1.5% descent plan. A wrestler’s descent plan will detail at which weight classes a wrestler may participate each day based upon each official weigh-in. C. For each high school varsity and non-varsity competition, coaches must present their Pre Meet Weigh-In Form at weigh-ins. If a coach cannot or does not produce Alpha Master Forms, it shall be reported to the NSAA office by the host school. Coaches failing to have the Pre Meet Weigh-In Form available at a weigh-in will be suspended from the next contest at that level of competition. D. A wrestler will not be allowed to wrestle at any time in a weight class that would require him/her to lose more than 1.5% per week, calculated daily, from the original date of a successful measurement. E. Coaches will be required to enter all official weigh-in weights into the OPC after each competition at any level. All data entry must be completed prior to creating the next pre-meet weigh-in form. This will recreate the wrestler’s descent plan for the remainder of the season automatically. This may or may not affect the wrestler’s minimum weight class for the remainder of the season. F. At any level of competition, a record of weigh-ins must be provided by the host school. This record must include all wrestlers who officially weighed-in. Coaches should keep weigh-in records on file for documentation should any wrestler’s lowest minimum wrestling weight be challenged. G. PENALTY--A wrestler who participates at a weight class below the weekly eligible weight classes defined by the weight loss plan shall be suspended for the next contest at that level of competition and all other levels in the interim. The coach shall also be suspended for the next contest at that level and all other levels in the interim. Each individual match will result in a forfeit by the ineligible wrestler. The eligible wrestler shall receive an individual match win. The ineligible wrestler shall not receive a win or loss. No individual or team placement within a tournament will be changed due to the forfeit. In a dual competition, team scores may be corrected within 30 minutes after the conclusion of the dual meet – NFHS rule 6-6-4-b. The forfeit shall have no influence on district seeding other than each wrestler’s win/loss record. H. PENALTY --If a wrestler competed at a weight class below his/her minimum weight class during the season, and it is discovered after the start of the district seeding meeting or anytime before the start of competition in the district tournament, the head wrestling coach will be suspended for the remainder of the district tournament. If it is discovered after the start of district competition, the head coach will be suspended for the remainder of the district tournament and the entire state tournament. PROCESS FOR ESTABLISHING A MININUM WEIGHT CLASS: A. The Body Fat Test, Body Fat Appeal Test, or the Medical Clearance will determine the final minimum weight at which each wrestler may compete for the rest of the wrestling season. B. Each wrestler must weigh in at least once in their minimum weight class during the regular season prior to the NSAA District Wrestling Tournament. C. A wrestler’s minimum weight class for the NSAA District Tournament will be determined as the lightest weight class the wrestler weighed in for during the regular season while not exceeding the 1.5% maximum weight loss per week calculated daily. D. A wrestler descending to a lower weight class may not take a consecutive day weight allowance at a higher weight class without the descent plan changing. E. A wrestler may wrestle at a heavier weight class as dictated by his actual weigh in at the NSAA District Tournament. NSAA APPROVED ASSESSORS: A. The NSAA will set up training sessions to certify all NSAA Approved Assessors. 1. The NWCA will train “Master Assessors” for each NSAA District. (Early September) 2. The Master Assessor will be responsible for the following: (Before October 1) a) Setting dates for training sessions for other NSAA Approved Assessors b) Setting Sites, Dates, and Times for Regional Alpha Testing Sites (Beginning November 10 through December 3.) c) Transporting the NSAA Tanita Scales to Regional Sites B. The cost to become an approved NSAA Assessor shall be $25. This fee will be used to pay for assessor materials and instructor’s fees and expenses. C. A person will not be registered for the 2008-09 school year until they have attended a training session. D. Only NSAA Approved Assessors will be allowed to conduct the testing and enter the results online into the NWCA Optimal Performance Calculator.

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E. Every school or school district will have the opportunity to register individuals that will be responsible for Hydration and Body Fat Testing. Persons eligible to be trained as NSAA Approved Assessors include physicians, registered nurses, licensed practical nurses, certified athletic trainers, physical therapists, physician’s assistants, nutritionists, health educators, exercise physiologists or other persons approved by the NSAA. However, wrestling coaches may not assess their own wrestlers, and parents of wrestlers may not assess wrestlers from their son or daughter’s school. F. If schools elect not to register an NSAA Approved Assessor, then they must coordinate with one of the Approved Assessors to attend a regional test site or arrange to have the Assessor come to their school for the testing. XI. DATA COLLECTION: A. The NSAA will provide all of the reporting forms on the NSAA web site. B. The NSAA Approved Assessors will conduct all of the Hydration and Body Fat Tests. C. The schools will provide the strips, cups or other approved instruments to conduct the urine Specific Gravity Test. D. The NSAA Approved Assessors will record and post all data in the NWCA website. E. The NSAA Approved Assessors will be responsible for submitting the measurement results to the NSAA within two working days after the initial Hydration and Body Fat Tests. F. Wrestlers failing the hydration component will not be recorded in the NWCA Optimal Performance Calculator.

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COSTS: All costs incurred for initial Hydration and Body Fat Tests, appeal process, and NWCA Optimal Performance Calculator are the responsibility of the school or parent. A. Membership to the NWCA: $30 B. Testing of Athletes: $5 per wrestler (recommended by the NSAA) C. HydraTrend Test Strips for Specific Gravity Hydration Testing $20.00 per box (50 strips per box). Each school is required to provide test strips for each athlete being tested. NSAA will order one box per school. (Additional strips may be purchased for at the HydraTrend website:uridynamics.com, phone - 317-915-7896, fax- 317-915-8078 with a Purchase Order (Contact Person: Myron Rapkin). D. Disposable cups and gloves for hydration assessor. E. Travel to a regional testing site (optional) Note: Each school will be billed for the NWCA membership and Hydration strips through the school’s registration for the sport of wrestling. Hydration strips will be mailed directly to each school in October. XIII. THE NUTRITION EDUCATION PROGRAM EDUCATING THE STUDENT AND PARENT A. Annually, wrestlers will be provided nutrition education during a one-hour required seminar as provided by each school. B. It is recommended that an education seminar be presented by any person who may be a dietitian, health educator, nutritionist, physician, nurse or others with a background in nutritional science. C. The one-hour seminar shall include a discussion on each of the following topics: 1. Nutrition education will emphasize proper growth as well as healthy weight-reduction approaches. 2. Students and parents will be encouraged to resist unhealthy weight-reduction practices. 3. The impact on growth, development, and lifelong health will be primary in the education of the student. 4. Emphasis will be placed on eating reasonable amounts of proper foods to maintain healthy bodies rather than to binge and purge. 5. The dangers of dehydration will be explained and the practice of dehydrating to achieve a weight will be discouraged. 6. Using the NWCA Optimal Performance Calculator as an aid to develop an appropriate nutritional plan. D. The NWCA web site provides educational materials that promote appropriate nutritional practices and support development of a nutritional plan. E. Schools are encouraged to have monthly follow-up programs throughout the season to assist parents and wrestlers in handling the demands of the season. NWCA OPTIMAL PERFORMANCE CALCULATOR – NUTRITION COMPONENT A. The NWCA in conjunction with the NCAA and the NFHS have developed the interactive on-line program to allow parents and students to work together to build an appropriate nutritional plan. This component is part of the NWCA Optimal Performance Calculator and is available to every wrestler that participates in the NSAA Wrestling Weight Management Program. B. The site bases menus on a 55% carbohydrate, 30% fat and 15% protein dietary profile and uses specific volumes and serving sizes. The program also recommends diets and sample menus and offers choices based on personal preferences. C. After Body Fat Test results are inputted the NWCA Optimal Performance Calculator automatically issues every wrestler a code and password that allows access into the nutrition program. Coaches have the ability to print and distribute these codes to each wrestler after their initial assessment has been completed and their data is entered into the

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program. D. Parents are encouraged to participate in the development of an appropriate nutritional plan. Parents can visit the NWCA website at www.nwcaonline.com. RESOURCES: The NSAA Wrestling Weight Management Program and Guidelines was developed by the NSAA Wrestling Weight Management Committee utilizing information and guidelines from the following: National Wrestling Coaches Association (NWCA); Missouri State High School Activities Association, Kansas State High School Activities Association; Iowa High School Athletic Association; Michigan High School Athletic Association, New Jersey Interscholastic Athletic Association, North Dakota High School Activities Association; Oregon School Activities Association; Nevada Interscholastic Activities Association; Pennsylvania Interscholastic Association, and the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS).

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Preparation of Wrestlers for Assessments No vigorous activity on the evening before and the day of the testing. Avoid any caffeinated beverages on the day before and day of the testing. On the day of testing, drink (17 oz.) of fluid. (A sports drink is an excellent choice). Avoid any vitamin or mineral supplements two days before and the day of testing. Be awake three hours prior to testing. Do not eat two hours prior to testing.

Team Confidentiality
If you have problems or concerns during the course of the season, discuss them with the coaches. Do not complain to other students who are not involved in wrestling. If we keep our problems and concerns within the wrestling team, we will be more unified.

2008-09 NFHS Wrestling Rules Changes
Major Changes 2-2-2: A clarification was made of the existence of a boundary for the coaches' restricted zone on the corner of the wrestling mat. 4-1-5 NEW: The wrestler's uniform is to be worn as intended/designed by the manufacturer. 4-2-1: A wrestler's hair in its natural state, in the front, shall not extend below the eyebrows. 4-2-3: The physician's release form for a wrestler to participate with a particular skin condition is now to be presented at the weigh-in unless a designated, on-site meet physician is present and is able to examine the wrestler immediately after the weigh-in. 4-2-5 NEW: A contestant may have documentation from a physician only indicating a specific condition such as a birthmark or other non-communicable skin conditions such as psoriasis and eczema, and that documentation is valid for the duration of the season. It is valid with the understanding that a chronic condition could become secondarily infected and may require re-evaluation. 4-5-5: A one-pound weight allowance was added in the event of a school closing due to inclement weather or unforeseen circumstances, where wrestling practice(s) cannot take place due to school policies. The rule change also makes it clear as to who should be notified when weight allowance is justified. 5-1-4; 6-6-1: Previously, the wrong wrestler being given choice in the first 30-second tiebreaker would have been considered bad time. Both situations under Rules 5-1-4 and 6-6-1 are similar and may now be 15

connected equally. The rules now state what exactly takes place in the third period. 5-15-3: The referee now has the option at the edge of the mat to stop wrestling when no action is taking place without penalizing either wrestler and restart the wrestling in the center of the mat. 5-20-5 NOTE NEW: Nothing has changed in the offensive starting position. There is now a time sequence to follow. 5-25-6c NEW; 7-6-6c NEW: Referees now have rules support for a stalling call against a wrestler who repeatedly creates a stalemate situation to simply prevent his/her opponent from scoring and not from his/her own attempt to score. 5-31-1: The head coach will no longer be penalized for unsportsmanlike conduct when his/her wrestlers report to the scorer's table not in proper uniform, not properly groomed, not properly equipped or not ready to wrestle. 6-7-1c6: The wrestler whose opponent has been penalized for unsportsmanlike conduct at anytime during the match now gets the choice of position for the ultimate tiebreaker. The unsportsmanlike conduct penalty will supersede the first points scored in the regulation match. 7-1-5w NEW: A back flip from the standing position is now an illegal maneuver. 7-4-1: Unnecessary roughness is further defined to include a forceful slap to the head or face, and/or gouging or poking the eyes. New Referee Signal: A new referee signal has been implemented to indicate when to start recovery time during a match. Editorial and Other Changes 3-3-2; 4-2-4; 5-15-2b; 5-16-3; 5-22-1; 5-28-1; 6-2-2; 6-6-6; 7-4-3; 8-1-6; 8-2-1; 8-2-8; PHOTOS 2,3 (New), 31-33 (New), 57 (New), 84, 89. Points of Emphasis 1. Grooming and Medical Checks 2. Reporting to the Scorer's Table Ready to Wrestle 3. Going Out of the Wrestling Area 4. Referees' Signals and Mechanics

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ATTENDANCE SYSTEM When a student at Ralston High School is excessively absent without a physician’s explanation and misses 10 or more days of school, that student is placed on attendance probation. Students placed on attendance probation have missed out on learning opportunities that put them at risk of earning lower grades in their classes. Letters are generated automatically, reviewed by school personnel and mailed home when students reach absences totaling the equivalent of 10, 15, and 20 days. Those students who are hospitalized or who suffer from debilitating illness and are under doctor’s care and orders not to attend school may be granted an extension beyond the 10 day limit. Missing 3 or more consecutive days would require a doctor’s note. Absences from class due to suspension are not considered as a part of the 10 day limitation of absences. Students who are participating in or attending school sponsored activities are considered present at school, and class absences incurred as a result of participation in or attendance at school activities does not count as a part of the 10 day limit. Absences for extended trips and/or appointments during the school day will be counted toward the 10 allowed absences per year. Activity Absence School sponsored activities are those where a student is on an official roster or participation list. Students engaged in school sponsored activities will be counted present at school. Completed permission forms must be turned into the sponsor one day prior to the activity. Appointments During the School Day Parents/Guardians must call the attendance line in advance if their student needs to leave during the school day for an appointment. Written notes will not be accepted. In order to minimize classroom disruptions and expedite the student’s release from class, such a call should be made with at least one hour’s advance notice of the time the student needs to sign out to leave the building. The attendance line is available 24 hours a day with voice mail in English and Spanish at 898-3595. Prearranged / Extended Absences Parents/Guardians must call the attendance office in advance of a planned extended absence from school, or as soon as possible in an emergency situation. Written notes will not be accepted. The attendance line is available 24 hours a day with voice mail in English and Spanish at 898-3595. Contact should also be made with students’ teachers so arrangements can be made in advance for collecting and completing homework during such an absence. See “Make up work due to absence” for further information. Lunch Absences A parent must sign out and sign in a student leaving for lunch who does not have Open Campus. State Meet and Tournament Absences Students wishing to attend a state meet or tournament must have a parent/guardian call and give permission unless otherwise directed. Students are expected to keep up with any class assignments missed and are responsible for making arrangements with their teachers in advance for collecting and completing homework for such absences. See “Make up work due to absence” for further information. Unexcused Absences Students are considered unexcused absent to class(es) when: • the absence is not excused by a parent/guardian in the proper time frame (see “Reporting Absences”)

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• students leave the school building without permission • students fail to sign in / out in the attendance office when leaving school with permission Students who are unexcused may be assigned demerits or other appropriate consequences and are expected to make up missed work for credit to be determined by the teacher. Students who are failing a class where they have accumulated 7 or more unexcused absences may be dropped from the class without credit. . Any student who is dropped from 2 or more classes for attendance/tardy reasons may be withdrawn from school, or reassigned to an alternative program Any student unexcused from school and also a member of an extracurricular activity, club, or team will not be allowed to participate in the activity, club, or team performances or to practice with them for that day. REPORTING ABSENCES When a student is absent from school, a parent or guardian of that student must call the school attendance number (898-3595) by 8:30 a.m. on the day of the absence. Failure to call will result in the absence being recorded as unexcused. The absence will remain unexcused unless the parent/guardian calls the school by 3:00 p.m. of the school day following the day the absence occurred. NOTES WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED. Messages can be left 24 hours a day on voice mail.

TARDY PROCEDURES Punctuality is a life skill valued by employers and society at large. Ralston High School, in an effort to teach life-long skills and minimize disruptions to learning, expects students to be in their assigned classroom when the bell rings or be considered tardy. Students who are more than 10 minutes late to their first scheduled class must check in at the attendance office and will be considered absent unless excused by a parent according to the “Reporting Absences” guidelines in the handbook. Students who are late to their first scheduled class by less than 10 minutes will be considered tardy and are expected to report to study hall. Students who are tardy to any class will not be admitted and are expected to report to study hall. Any student accumulating 7 tardies in any 1 class within the semester may be dropped from that class without credit. Any student who is dropped from 2 or more classes for attendance/tardy reasons may be withdrawn from school, or reassigned to an alternative program. CONDUCT AND DISCIPLINE Any conduct which causes or which creates a reasonable likelihood that it will cause a substantial disruption in or material interference with any school function, activity, or purpose, or that interferes or creates a reasonable likelihood that it will interfere with the health, safety or well-being or the rights of other students is prohibited. The preceding is a general standard that should be used as a guide by all students. Not all acts of misconduct can be itemized in this handbook. The following is an enumeration of some of the main areas of conduct that may lead to disciplinary action, including possible suspension reassignment, or expulsion: 1. Disrespect for any student, school official, volunteer, or employee. This includes harassment, bullying, hazing, disrespectful gestures and comments, which includes racial epithets and sexual innuendoes. 2. Public indecency. 3. Any form of sexual harassment. Sexual harassment includes all unwelcome sexual advances and sexually oriented communication, requests for sexual favors and other such verbal or physical misconduct. 4. Sexual assault or attempted sexual assault of any person, whether or not on school grounds or at an educational function or event. 5. Continuing behavior that seriously interferes with classroom instruction or other activities associated with the school. 6. Unsportsmanlike conduct involving visiting school teams or their representatives. 7. Use or possession of any tobacco products on school property or at school-sponsored events and activities. 8. Unexcused absence or failure to attend assigned classes detentions, or activities. 9. Excessive tardies to school, assigned classes or scheduled activities. 10. Engaging in any activity forbidden by law which interferes with school purposes.

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Engaging in the unlawful possession, selling, dispensing or use of a controlled substance, an imitation controlled substance, or alcoholic liquor. Knowingly possessing, handling, or transmitting any object or material that is ordinarily or generally considered a weapon. (Statute # LB-658, June 1, 1995.) Threatening or intimidating any student for the purpose of, or with the intent of, obtaining money or anything of value from such student. Threatening, causing or attempting to cause personal injury to a school employee, school volunteer, or to any student. Willfully causing or attempting to cause substantial damage to property, on or off school property, stealing or attempting to steal property of substantial value, or repeated damage or theft involving property. Property is defined as anything belonging to the school, to a school employee or another student. Use of violence, force, coercion, threat, intimidation, or similar conduct in a manner that constitutes a substantial interference with school purposes. Failure to follow the directives of a school official. The use of profanity will not be tolerated at Ralston High School. Any student using profanity in school, on school grounds or at school activities will face disciplinary action. Profanity directed at any staff member will result in suspension. Engaging in activities and or conversations that promote or prompt violence between students. CONDUCT AND DISCIPLINE OFF SCHOOL GROUNDS, NOT AT A SCHOOL EVENT

The following is prohibited conduct - on or off school grounds - for which school officials will take action when a student is charged criminally or when a petition has been filed in juvenile or adult court (if it is an extension from the school): 1. Possession with intent to sell or distribute any drug, controlled substance, an imitation controlled substance, paraphernalia or alcoholic beverage. 2. Selling or distributing any drug, controlled substance, an imitation controlled substance, paraphernalia or alcoholic beverage. 3. Physical or sexual assault on any person. 4. Intentionally or knowingly causing serious bodily injury to any person. 5. Use or attempted use of a weapon to injure another person. If any of the above situations occur, the student may be: A. Considered for emergency exclusion B. Suspended C. Required to participate in and successfully complete a counseling and/or treatment program as agreed to by school officials. In addition, the student shall be disciplined as provided for in the rules governing participation in co-curricular activities. DEMERITS Students who are tardy, unexcused absent/truant, disruptive, disrespectful, or failing to follow school rules may accumulate demerits that can result in suspension or a recommendation for reassignment or expulsion. Students may be suspended at 10 and 15 demerits and may be recommended for reassignment or expulsion with loss of credit for the semester at 20 demerits. Accumulated demerits apply to the entire year and notification will be sent home. POSSESSION OR USE OF TOBACCO PRODUCTS Possession, selling, dispensing or use of tobacco by students is prohibited on school property and/or at school sponsored activities. Any student caught in violation of this policy may be assigned suspension, will be required to view two videotapes and pass a test (with 80% proficiency) concerning tobacco use, and may be excluded from participation or attending extracurricular activities and athletic events, dances, or social functions during the suspension. Additional disciplinary action may be invoked in extra-curricular activities or athletics. If the videotapes and tests are not satisfactorily completed within 5 school days, additional consequences may be assigned. If a second violation occurs in the same school year, the following actions may be taken: 1. The student may be suspended from school. During the suspension, arrangements will be made for the student and his/her parent(s)/guardian(s) to meet with the school nurse. The school nurse will assess the

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student’s tobacco use and make recommendations to the family. The student and his/her parent(s)/guardian(s) will then be given the option of following the nurse’s recommendations. If recommendations are not followed, additional suspension may be assigned. If the student agrees to follow the recommendations of the nurse, he/she may remain in school following the initial suspension. A third violation of rules concerning tobacco use may lead to expulsion proceedings. POSSESSION OR USE OF ALCOHOL AND/OR OTHER DRUGS

When a student is found using, possessing or under the influence of alcohol, marijuana, unauthorized prescription drugs, or other illegal drugs including paraphernalia either at school or at school related functions, whether they take place during the school day or at sporting events, dances, plays, intramurals, or retreats held outside the school day, on or off campus, the following disciplinary actions will be taken: 1. Sanctions on School Grounds. a. First Offense. Suspension from school for 5 days. Suspension from extracurricular activities is anywhere from 9 - 19 days. Parents/guardians, at their own expense, may choose to enroll their student in a District approved drug/alcohol education program. This program may reduce the suspension and curtailment of extracurricular activities to 9 school days. Legal authorities shall be contacted. (79-293 Reissue 1996) b. Second Offense. Mandatory reassignment/expulsion. Suspension from attending or participating in extracurricular activities for one calendar year. Legal authorities shall be contacted. (79-267(6), 293 (Reissue 1996). 2. Sanctions off School Grounds. Any time a student is cited, observed by a school official, or admits that he/she has violated the school’s alcohol/drug policy and the student is found guilty; does not contest the citation; or admits that he or she has violated subsection IIA. Curtailment of extracurricular activities for 19 school days. a. First Offense. Parents, at their own expense, may choose to participate in a District approved suspension reduction program. Successful completion of this program may reduce the curtailment of extracurricular activities to a maximum of 9 school days. Previous offenses of Section IIA on or off school grounds during the current academic school year would not allow participation in this option. b. Second Offense. Suspension from and participating in extracurricular activities for 1 calendar year. ACTIVITIES AND ATHLETICS GENERAL POLICY FOR SCHOOL ACTIVITIES Extracurricular activities at Ralston are considered an important part of a student’s total educational experience. Students are urged to participate in a variety of activities. However important extracurricular activities are, students should realize that their first responsibility is to academic achievement in the classroom. It is hoped that students can evaluate the extracurricular load they are capable of maintaining without neglecting their academic commitment. Students involved in extracurricular activities are subject to all rules and regulations approved by the school administration. Any student violating a state law or school rule and/or regulation may be ineligible to participate in extracurricular activities. ACTIVITY CODE The Activity Code will be enforced from the first day through the last day of the school year, including summer school. This code has been developed for the purpose of establishing and maintaining a quality activity program at Ralston High School. By adhering to the Activity Code, a sense of pride and self-discipline may evolve which may greatly aid the student in meeting future goals. The Ralston High School students in the activities program are before the public eye throughout the school year. The activity program functions on an extracurricular basis and, therefore, student participation is completely voluntary.

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Students who participate in school activities are expected to adhere to all school rules. Such students represent RHS at all times, and their behavior reflects on the school as a whole. Conduct: As representatives of Ralston High School, participants are expected to conduct themselves properly when visiting other schools. Grooming: The variations in the physical features of different individuals create a need on the part of coaches and sponsors to be flexible when evaluating a participant’s grooming habits. Essentially, the students should be neat and clean in appearance. Dress: Follow student handbook. (Individual sponsors may request certain dress for game days and trips). Training: Participants are to demonstrate acceptable standards of conduct and training at all times. These standards shall be maintained in season as well as throughout the year. Inductions and Initiations: Any induction or initiation ceremonies into any activity at Ralston High School shall be approved in advance by the sponsor of the activity and by the Athletic/Activities Director. ABSENCE AND ACTIVITY PARTICIPATION Students may not participate in a school activity or practice unless they have been in attendance for the last four periods of that school day or excused in advance by an administrator. ACTIVITIES, CONFLICT IN SCHEDULING If a student is involved in 2 different school activities and if each activity has an event scheduled for the same time, then the student must choose the event in which to participate. This decision should be made after the student has consulted parents/guardians and the sponsors involved. If one of the events is a state or district event, the student may be expected to participate in the state or district event. ACTIVITY TICKETS All Ralston students may buy a student activity card admitting them once to each regularly scheduled activity sponsored by Ralston, free or at a reduced price. All students who participate in extracurricular activities must purchase a student activity ticket. Cards are not transferable and refunds will not be made. Students abusing the use of these cards may lose their privileges. Lost cards should be reported to the office and a new one will be issued for a charge of $5.00. The cost of a card is $40.00 per year. If the cost of the activity card presents a financial hardship, other arrangements can be made through the Athletics/Activities Office. ATHLETIC PARTICIPATION Any student going out for athletics at Ralston High School will check out through the Athletic/Activities Director’s office. In order to participate in athletics, the athlete must have on file in the Athletic/Activities Director’s office, the following: 1. Completed Physical Form 2. Parent Consent Card Signed 3. Activity Ticket Purchased An athlete will check out a lock from the Activities /Athletic office. All locks are color-coded and these locks will be the only locks allowed on the lockers in the athletic locker rooms. All athletes must have all equipment from other sports turned in before participating in another sport. ACCIDENT INSURANCE All students are given the opportunity to participate in a group accident insurance plan provided by an independent carrier. The fee is nominal and covers an accident en route to and from school, on school grounds,

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during school sponsored events, and intramural and interscholastic athletics except football. All students participating in athletics are required to have accident insurance (either a family policy or the school’s plan) or sign a responsibility waiver. Football insurance is available at a higher cost. The Ralston School District is not liable for injuries to students, nor can they pay the medical costs for accidents that occur in athletic contests, on school premises, at school activities, or on the way to and from school. ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS FOR COMPETITIVE ACTIVITIES AND ATHLETICS Ralston High School requires all athletes to follow RHS eligibility guidelines in addition to NSAA guidelines. According to the Nebraska School Activities Association: In order to represent a high school in interscholastic competition, a student must abide by eligibility rules of the Nebraska School Activities Association. If you do not understand a summary of these rules listed below, or you need an explanation of other requirements, consult the high school principal or athletic /activities director. 1. Student must be an undergraduate. 2. Student must be enrolled in at least 20 hours per week and regular in attendance in accordance with the school’s attendance policy. 3. Student must be enrolled in some high school on or before the 11th school day of the current year. 4. Student is ineligible if 19 years of age before September 1 of current school year. 5. After a student’s initial enrollment in grade 9, he/she shall be ineligible after 8 semesters of school membership. 6. Student must have been enrolled in school the immediate preceding semester. 7. Student must have received 20 semester hours of credit the immediate preceding semester. 8. Once the season of a sport begins, a student shall compete only in athletic contests/meets in that sport which are scheduled by his/her school. Any other competition may render the student ineligible for a portion of, or all of, the season in that sport. The season of a sport begins with the first date of practice as permitted by NSAA rules. For starting and ending dates, refer to the athletic office, NSAA website or www.highschoolsports.net. 9. A student shall not participate in sports camps or clinics during the season of a sport in which he/she is involved, either as an individual or as a member of a team. 10. A student shall not participate on an all-star team while a high school undergraduate. 11. A student shall be ineligible for 90 school days to represent a school in interscholastic competition at the varsity level if the school is located in a school district other than the district in which his/her parents/guardians maintain their domicile. (Check with school administrator for an interpretation of rule if the school district where parents/guardians reside has no high school or if there are 2 or more high schools in a district.) 12. A student is ineligible for 90 school days if his/her parents/guardians have changed their domicile to another school district and the student has remained in former school which is in a different school district. (EXCEPTION: If parents have moved after school has started, the student may be eligible to compete for the remainder of the school year, or if parents/guardians have moved during the summer which immediately precedes the school year and the student is in grade 12 and has attended the high school for 2 or more years, the student is eligible for that school year in the school district from which the parents/guardians moved.) 13. Guardianship does not fulfill the definition of a parent. If a guardian has been appointed for a student, the student is eligible in the school district where his or her natural parent(s) have their domicile. Individual situations involving guardianship may be submitted to the Executive Director for his review and a ruling. 14. A student shall not participate in a contest under an assumed name. 15. A student must maintain his/her amateur status.

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Goals
Goal setting is a powerful process for personal planning. By setting goals on a routine basis you decide what you want to achieve, and then move step-by-step towards achieving these goals. The process of setting goals and targets allows you to choose where you want to go in life. By knowing precisely what you want to achieve, you know what you have to concentrate on to do it.

2008-09 Team Goals
1. Win a Tournament 2. Beat Beatrice in our RCC Dual 3. 8 State Qualifiers

Individual Goals
You will be required to write down your individual goals and turn them into me prior to the season. It is important to know your personal goals, and the team goals can reflect those goals as well. If you don’t write goals down and put them where you can see them everyday, they will not mean much to you! Set a Long-term goal with short-term goals to achieve it! Dream big and go for it!

Duals/Tournaments
For all levels at dual meets the wrestlers will dress in khaki/tan pants and a collared shirt. This is done to show team unity and to represent Ralston High School. For tournaments, wrestlers should wear their Ram wrestling gear. Be at school 15 minutes before we are scheduled to leave.

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Varsity Letter Requirements
You must accumulate 30 or more points to earn a varsity letter. Points may be accumulated in the following ways: 1 point for each varsity match you wrestle 1 point for each varsity win 10 points for being present at all practices and meetings and abiding by training rules in the judgment of the head coach Placement varsity meets: 1st = 10 points 2nd = 8 points 3rd = 6 points 4th = 4 points

10 points for qualifying for the state tournament To receive the letter after qualifying for it the following requirements shall have been met. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. In attendance at all workouts unless excused by the head coach. Attend & assist in a minimum of 6 Ironman practices. You will have to be signed off from Coach Radik. All gear checked in to the head coach. All bills paid which are owed to the athletic department. Eligible scholastically. Must attend the athletic winter awards night.

Stipulation: If for any reason other than injury or sickness, a wrestler is dismissed or quits the team they lose all points. At the discretion of the head coach, a wrestler may letter if injured or their contribution to the team warrants a letter.

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Ralston Wrestling Records
Most Wins Most Takedowns Most Escapes Most Reversals Most Nearfalls Most Pins Most Points Least Losses Least Taken Down Least Reversed Least Escaped Season Season Season Season Season Season Season Season Season Season Season Nate Koenig Andy Sistek Andy Field Shannon Bliss Nate Koenig Nate Koenig Nate Koenig Andy Sistek Andy Sistek Jeff Jokerst/ Andy Sistek Andy Field Dan Monical Adam Duracinski Zach Fronce Jeff Jokerst / Andy Sistek Mark Scott 2005-06 1996-97 1997-98 2002-03 2005-06 2005-06 2005-06 1996-97 1996-97 1996-97 1996-97 1998-99 1998-99 2006-07 1996-97 1998-99 40 96 58 30 57 30 247.5 0 3 0 1

Least Near Falls

Season

0

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2008-09 Wr est ling Sch edu le Day
Friday Sat Mon Tu e s Sat Mon Tu e s Sa t Mon Fri Sat Sat Mon Tu e s Sa t Thurs Fri Sat Mon Tues Wed Sat Mon T hur s Sat Sat Sat
Thurs -Sat

Dat e
12/5 12/6 12/8 1 2/ 9 12/13 12/15 1 2/ 16 1 2/ 20 12/22 1/2 1/3 1/10 1/1 2 1/1 3 1/1 7 1/22 1/23 1/24 1/26 1/27 1/28 1/31 2/2 2/5 2/7 2/7 2/14
2/19 – 2/2 1

Place Opp on ent
Away Away Away H ome Away Away H ome H ome Away Away Away Away H ome H ome H ome Away Away Away Away Away Away Away Away H ome Away Away Away O m a ha Blair Inv Gross JV Fr. @ O. South Be ll. W e st Crete Inv Fr. @ Westside O m. Bry a n R a lst on I nv Fr. @ O. North Prep Jv Invite Prep Invite Mill. West Inv Fr . @ R a lst on
Mi l la r d N o r th

Time
4:00 10:00 6:00 6: 30 9:30 6:00 7:0 0 9: 30 6:00 9:00 9:00 9:00 6:0 0 7:0 0 9:0 0 7:00 3:00 9:30 6:00 7:00 6:30 9:00 4:30 6: 30 9:00 9:00 9:30 T BA

Who
V JV/F F All All F All V F JV/F V V F All F All JV/F V F All
Fr/Soph

R am I nvi te PLV Bell. East Inv O. Burke Inv Fr. @ Prep Om. Westside Gross Invite Roncalli Inv Fr. @ Om. Bryan C BAL
RRC Duals @ Gross

V F All V JV/F V V

Bell. West Inv Districts–PLVS St at e me et

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The Bottom Line
Face It. Nobody owes you a living, what you achieve or fail to achieve in your lifetime is directly related to what you do or fail to do. No one chooses his parents or childhood but you can choose your own direction. Everyone has problems and obstacles to overcome, but that too is relative to each individual. Excuses Are For Losers: those who take responsibility for their actions are the real winners in life. Winners take life's challenge head on, knowing there are no guarantees, and give it all they've got. Never think it's too late or too early to begin, time plays no favorite and will pass whether you act or not. Take Control Of Your Life!!! Dare to dream and take risk. Compete...If you aren't willing to work for your goals, don't expect others to.........BELIEVE IN YOURSELF!!

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The Man in the Glass
When you get what you want in your struggle for self And the world makes you king for a day, Just go to the mirror and look at yourself And see what that man has to say. For it isn’t your father or mother or wife Whose judgment upon you must pass. The fellow whose verdict counts most in your life Is the one staring back from the glass. You may be like Jack Horner and chisel a plum And think you’re a wonderful guy. But the man in the glass says you’re only a bum If you can’t look him straight in the eye. He’s the fellow to please—never mind all the rest, For he’s with you clear to the end. And you’re passed your most dangerous, difficult test If the man in the glass is your friend. You may fool the whole world down the pathway of years And get pats on the back as you pass. But your final reward will be heartache and tears If you’ve cheated the man in the glass.
I have carried the above poem since I was a sophomore in high school. The meaning to me is that we must make the best of the ability God has given us. We have to do the things that are right rather that those that make us look good or make us popular. When all is said and done each day and we put our head on the pillow, it’s just us and God, and we can’t fool either one – Herb Score MLB Pitcher & Sportscaster

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Wr estlin g Ru les C ontr act
I fully understand t he rules an d regulat ions o f t he Ralston High school a nd the wr estlin g progr a m. If I violat e any of these ru les or regul ations, I agr ee to t he extra conditioning an d/or r emoval fro m t he team. I furt her agr ee to r eturn all equi pment in good condi tion at t he end of the season . Lastly , I under stand the dan ger involv ed in a conta ct sport su ch as wrestlin g an d I will b e competin g at my own risk. Athl etes Name: ________ ___________________ Athl etes Si gnatur e: _ ____________________ Date: _______________

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