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Hints for a successful wrestling season Especially for new members – written by a PWC parent Practices: 1. Do not feed you child a large meal within 1 hour of practice – feed him a small meal/healthy snack to give him energy throughout the 2 hour practice. 2. Designate a “wrestling bag” to keep wrestling shoes, head-gear, water bottle, and have them put their clothes, shoes and jackets in the bag during practice to keep all their personal items in one place. 3. Arrive 10 minutes early to allow time to take off long pants, coats and put on wrestling shoes – wrestling shoes should not be worn outside and must be changed in the gym. 4. Encourage you child to listen to the coaches, there is a lot to learn and it is difficult to hear instructions in the gym if they are talking. 5. Parents are normally allowed to watch the first few weeks. If you leave you child, please arrive 10 minutes early to pick them up as practice end times vary by 5-10 minutes before or after the hour. 6. Make sure your child eats healthy and replenishes food and water – you may want to consider a good multi-vitamin supplement. 7. Make sure you child showers after every practice and help them keep their nails clipped at least once a week. 8. Practices are hard work, keep encouraging them and they should start to feel successful. Tournaments: 1. There is normally an option to attend a tournament each weekend throughout the months of December, January, and February. Please review the options and confirm your plans to attend by the sign-up deadline. There is normally a $15 fee for registration paid to the hosting club. Some of these tournaments are better for newer wrestlers, some of for experienced wrestlers but most are for both types. 2. The day before the tournament: print off directions and pack a bag of supplies such as fruit, water bottles, snacks, and money for admissions ($3-5/adult) & concessions. If you pack a cooler, most tournaments do not allow coolers in the gym so you may need to leave this in your car. Some tournaments have stadium/bleacher seating so you can bring a blanket or cushions and some have open field house where you need to bring your own folding chairs. If you choose to bring electronic equipment such as games and i-pods, you will need to keep a good eye on them and limit their use to short breaks after the matches – these are great for siblings but can become distracting for the wrestlers. Make sure that you check finger nails and encourage a good night sleep. Pack the wrestling bag with the IKWF id cards, shoes, and headgear and locate singlet to be put on in the morning (or pack it and change at the tournament for weigh-ins). 3. Confirm the sign-in/weigh-in requirements for the tournament – most occur on the day of the tournament between 6:30 – 8:00 but some occur the day before the tournament. It’s best to arrive early for weigh-ins and then eat breakfast after the wrestler weigh-in at either the cafeteria or leave and drive to a restaurant (or bring breakfast). Warm-ups start 1 hour prior to the meet so have breakfast complete and be ready for warm-ups by 8:00 (matches normally start around 9:00am). 4. We normally try to sit together as a team, so look for PWC club members (normally dressed in green) when you arrive to sit together. The wrestlers sit with their families during the tournament. Normally, the tournament occurs in one room but some of the bigger tournaments have two rooms – one for the younger boys and one for the older boys. Wrestlers will be called to the “bull pen” to be placed in brackets/groups for wrestling. They normally start at the youngest but listen to announcements as there is variety in this process also. The following are the age groups as of the wrestlers age at Dec 31st: Tots 5-6yrs, bantam 7-8yrs, Intermediates 9-10yrs, novice 11-12 yrs, & seniors 13-14 yrs. Brackets are grouped based upon weight with some consideration given for experience level. Brackets are usually written on the wrestlers hand with a letter (A for lightest weight, through ZZ depending upon the number of brackets). Normally, the younger wrestlers (8 or under) are in 4 man brackets and wrestle two matches. Normally, the older wrestlers (9 and above) are in 8 man brackets and wrestle up to 3 matches (if they loose their first two, they do not wrestle a third time). Again, there is variety of rules for brackets and they do not always end up even so there could be “bye” matches or different size brackets. Brackets are usually posted around 9am on walls for parents/wrestlers to view. Ask a coach for help if you do not know if you son is done for the day. 5. Normally you can see the wrestling matches from your seat. If you need to move, please be aware that there are rules on how close you can stand near the mats. Usually there are ropes up – do not cross the ropes. Please remember to keep you comments positive – the coaches will be given your son instructions during the match and your son will most likely not hear what you are yelling anyway. 6. Normally, metals and trophies are passed out when the matches are complete – this is another area with much variety. Normally, metals are given to all persons in the tots and bantam age 4 man brackets and the top 5 in the 8 man brackets. Sometimes, trophies are given to the 1st place winners. Normally, metals/trophy requirements are posted on the hosting school website. Take time to celebrate their wins and encourage them to “never give up” and keep working and they will become better wrestlers. 7. Tournament lengths vary based upon the type of facility (one or two rooms), the number of wrestlers, number of mats/referees, and the abilities of the hosting team. PWC works hard to register our team for the best tournaments in the area. Plan on tournaments lasting to around noon for tots and bantams and 2:00 for intermediates & 3:00 for novice/seniors. I hope these hints help you to get started with wrestling. Enjoy the season.
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