Parents/Wrestlers “Gym Rules”

Practice Session Rules

Please review these rules with your child:

  1. Please, no street shoes in the wrestling room at any time (this means Parents too). Sand and dirt deteriorate the mat surfaces. Parents and wrestlers, please remove all footwear before entering the wrestling room.
  2. Please respect the coaches and both groups by staying quiet while we coach in the center.
  3. Make sure you take home everything that you brought to practice. Shoes, shirts, headgear are often left behind and disappear.
  4. Report all injuries to the coach immediately. There are three primary styles in amateur wrestling: Folkstyle, Freestyle and Greco-Roman. Folkstyle is the primary American style of wrestling, which is wrestled at the Middle
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    School, High School and the College level. Greco-Roman and Freestyle is your typical Olympic style of wrestling.

Athletic Development

Very few children have instant success in wrestling when they are first introduced to this sport. There will be other wrestlers who started earlier, have more wrestling experience, or may at this time be more athletically inclined. In some cases, it may be years before your young wrestler develops the competitive edge. The physical, emotional and competitive stages of athletic development will vary for every young athlete. Some children may be ready for tournament competition in their 1st year; others may develop this confidence later. You know and understand your child’s development more than anyone. Don’t push or drive too hard until you feel the child is ready. Give your child the choice, listen to what they say and give a lot of praise and encouragement. Parental Support: We encourage parents to attend wrestling practice with their child, especially at the younger levels. We encourage any parent who has some experience to help. Parents may not have wrestling experience, but their involvement is critical. Your child’s progress in the sport can develop at a faster rate if you are assisting or are visible at the practice sessions.

Equipment and Dress

For practices: shorts, clean tennis shoes, and a tight-fitting T-shirt are all that we require. Loose and baggy clothing is discouraged because hands and fingers can get twisted or bent. Wrestling shoes, headgear, and wrestling singlets are encouraged but optional. At the youth level practices, there is generally not enough contact to warrant the use of headgear. Headgear, however, is recommended to prevent rubbing, banging or twisting of the ear causing ?cauliflower ear? (swelling and hardening of ear soft tissue). Mouthpieces are not required but highly encouraged for any one with braces. We ask that all wrestlers wear a clean pair of tennis or wrestling shoes. Do not wear the same shoes that you wear outside. We need to keep the wrestling mats clean at all times. Equipment Costs: Shoes approximately $30.00 to $50.00; Headgear approximately $15.00 to $30.00; Singlet approximately $30.00 to $75.00; Knee Pads approximately $7.00 to $20.00 each. Equipment can be purchased from most local sporting goods stores or on the web.

Competition: Winning and Losing

Unfortunately, many wrestling tournaments available to your child do not take into account your child’s athletic development or experience. Most tournaments take into account weight and age or year in school. On occasion it is not uncommon for your young wrestler to meet more physically dominant and talented wrestlers. Regardless of whether your child wins or loses, always reinforce the positive. Let them know you are proud of them no matter what the result is. Emphasize the importance of participation, not winning or losing. Losing can be more traumatic to a young wrestler due to the individual nature of the sport.

Injuries and Skin Conditions

Wrestling is a contact sport. Jammed fingers, bloody noses, and sore muscles are common in this sport. Major injuries in all contact sports can occur, but are not common. We make an effort to monitor practices carefully so illegal holds or potentially dangerous predicaments are halted at once. Because of the number of wrestlers at practice, it is difficult to see everything at all times. If at any time you see a wrestler in a move that looks potentially dangerous or hazardous, do not hesitate to stop the wrestlers. Wrestling is a safe sport and has no more injuries than football, soccer, basketball or baseball. If at any time your child breaks out with a skin condition or rash, report it to the coach and see your family doctor. On rare occasions we will have a case of a rash break out on a wrestler. The most common types of skin conditions are ringworm, impetigo, boils and cold sores. Although these conditions are often blamed on the wrestling mat, the likely case of transmission is through bodily contact. Our wrestling room is supposed to have the wrestling mats disinfected daily.

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