things your athlete will need to participate in practice
1. wrestling shoes
2. head gear (if unfamiliar with the sport ask a coach for best ideas for 1 & 2)
3. shorts and t-shirts are preferred attire, no jeans or cargo shorts, they will be working hard so avoid wearing sweats
4. water bottle, we want the kids to stay hydrated and healthy as thy are working
competitions are not mandatory but encouraged, we want the wrestlers to put into practice what they work on in the room against live competition. we try not to send wrestlers out there that aren't ready for competing, coaches will give an honest assessment to parents if we feel new wrestlers are prepared to compete.
If you do want your child to compete they will need to purchase a uniform (singlet) to compete in. They are available for purchase in our team store
tournaments are usually on Sundays, there is a fee associated with them $30-35, if they qualify for the state series the club will pay for all entry fees associated with the sectionals and state tournaments.
Tournaments are long days sometimes, be sure they get rest the night before and have a good dinner
practice room is closed to parents, this is for the safety of our wrestlers, the only people in the practice room are wrestlers and team coaches and officials who have completed backround checks and received certifications thru USA wrestling. we keep the door open you can see into the room if you are staying but only club officials are permitted to work with the kids.
if you wish to volunteer to help you must contact coach Joe and discuss the possibility of starting the background check and certification process.
wrestling is very physical sport and we are inclusive program, welcoming anyone who wishes to wrestle to walk thru our doors, and although this is very physical it is NOT fighting, and fighting in the room for any reason is NOT tolerated. neither is profanity, name calling or bullying, doing any of these things is disrespectful to the individuals as well as our sport. I take these things very seriously and deal with them seriously as well.
also we are very fortunate to have 2 locations for our practices, we ask that you and your kids treat those building with great respect, its very difficult sometimes to get administrations to allow youth programs in the building, so we wanna keep those relationships good.
Wrestlers and parents will receive Codes of Conduct acknowledgement forms before the season starts.
the focus of our coaches and the program as a whole is the development of the sport and the athletes, we try to focus on growth of their talent as well as discipline and respect. we never put the focus on winning, the focus will always be put towards "good wrestling". you can wrestle poorly and win, wrestle amazing and lose, we ask that the parents understand and support this approach. no matter the outcome of matches our coaches always lead with something positive and then will get into any corrections that could have been made.
as you may know, wrestling is a very close contact sport and the kids sweat a lot during practice and competition. this makes personal hygiene very important, so please make sure the kids shower directly after every practice/ competition and that their gears is taken out of bags to air out, head gears wiped down. we mop down our mats every day to keep the team free of any skin conditions, so your help with this would be greatly appreciated.
we use a number of ways to disseminate information out to our families, social media pages (fac book and instagram) as well as the Remind app. most communications come directly from the head coach as well as our secretary, any and ALL concerns with the program are to be directed to Head Coach Joe Phelan, our volunteers work incredibly hard for your kids, Coach Joe will handle any matters of concern from parents.