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Middle School Wrestling information for parents

Athletics play a major part in the lives of high school students at St Pius X Catholic High School. Athletics build character and foster a “team” attitude. Among all other available athletic activities, wrestling is the most demanding on an athlete, both physically and mentally.

Our goal for the SPX Middle School Wrestling Program is to foster good morals and work ethics both on and off the wrestling mat, at school, practice, and meets. Following certain rules and regulations is a very vital part of our everyday life. We feel that teaching wrestlers to adhere to wrestling rules and regulations, as well as good sportsmanship will help prepare them for their future. Our goal for the wrestler is to excel on and off the wrestling mat. We want our athletes to be winning individuals that can function as part of a team unit. Winning is defined here as being better this week than the last but not as good as the next week. We want to teach them a way of life - winning at wrestling and winning at life.

Basic rules:

The SPX Middle School Wrestling Program shares the same practice facility as the SPX High School Wrestling Program. The High School practice is from 3:30 – 6:00. No Middle School wrestler or parent should enter the wrestling practice facility prior to 5:45ever. The Middle School wrestlers will be instructed to quietly enter the building, and change shoes in the back of the room while the high school wrestlers are dressing to leave for the night. Wrestlers are encouraged to show up at 5:45 to warm up and get some one-on-one instruction prior to practice.

Please help your wrestler maintain short fingernails. They will be checked by referees at every event, and we need your help in keeping them cut short. The wrestlers are NOT to wear their wrestling shoes outside at any time. They should arrive in street shoes and change when they arrive. This is to keep the wrestling mats as clean as possible. They are encouraged to bring water. Team water bottles are available as well.

If they have braces, they must have a mouth guard. The mouth guard must cover braces on the top and bottom.

FAQs -

What is the Purpose of the SPX Middle School Wrestling Program?

The SPX Middle School Wrestling Program was founded to give young wrestlers the chance to learn the basics of the sport of wrestling, gain athletic confidence, become excited about the sport of wrestling, and carry this knowledge, confidence and excitement on to the next level – at St. Pius X Catholic High School.

Who may join the SPX Middle School Wrestling Program?

The SPX Middle School Wrestling Program is open to all boys in 5th through 8th grade, and more importantly those that intend to apply for admission to St. Pius X Catholic High School.

How much does it cost?

The 2014-2015 fees are $185. This fee covers the costs of tournaments, travel on the SPX Team Bus, meets, and uniform (shorts, t-shirt, hoodie and duffle bag).

When and Where are practices held?

Practices will be held Mondays through Thursdays starting in late October through late January from 6:00-7:30pm. All practices will be held in the St. Pius HS Wrestling/Baseball Facility (next to the softball field). Wrestlers are encouraged to make all practices, but we understand that there might be conflicts with school functions, homework, and CMLA basketball practices. Please come early, and be ready to wrestle at 6:00.

What gear will we need?

Athletic shorts, water bottle, tee shirt and wrestling shoes. We will supply a 2-piece SPX warm-up, SPX wrestling singlet, and head gear for all competitions. These are property of the school, and must be returned. For first-time wrestlers, we have a large selection of gently-used wrestling shoes that can be used for free all season long. These are hand-me-downs from all wrestlers that have gone through the program, and just outgrew their shoes.

I’m new to wrestling, how do I learn about the sport?

There are many very good parent and athlete resources out on the web. A few favorites are as follows:

http://www.wrestlingref.com/id11.html

On the home page, click on the attachment entitled: High School Rules Photos in Color (Updated November 15, 2012)

· http://www.iahsaa.org/wrestling/Folkstyle_Wrestling_Basics_Phil_Henning.pdf

· http://www.allensports.org/Wrestling/Lists/Announcements/Attachments/4/A%20Parents%20Survival%20Guide.pdf

The most-watched wrestling web site is Flowrestling. You can spend hours on the instructional videos and watching unbelievable matches from across the country at every age. - http://www.flowrestling.org/

How do I sign my wrestler up?

Simply complete the registration form found on the main web page and send it to the contact information on the registration form.

Is my son going to be cutting weight?

No. Athletes are not encouraged in any way to lose weight. They are strongly encouraged to eat a healthy diet. But they should eat what is appropriate for their age and weight. Prior to each competition, we will weigh each wrestler and place them in the closest (higher) weight class.

How strenuous are practices going to be for my son?

We try to make practices as challenging as possible to push the limits of the athletes. However, practices are focused more on the gaining of wrestling skills and less on physical conditioning. Athletes should expect to work hard for the duration of the practice. You can expect your child to get over-heated and exhausted from the workouts. Wrestling is a physical sport that requires hard work. All precautions will be made to ensure their safety. Your child will be sore but soon their bodies will adjust. Keep pushing them to stay with it! The sport of wrestling will help with a child's coordination, flexibility and kinetic skills. If they play another sport in the fall or spring, wrestling will improve their ability to play that sport – guaranteed.

What is expected of my child?

Their development is dependent on their attendance, attentiveness, and work ethic. Wrestling will be taught and learned in ‘building blocks'. Coaches will demand that the kids are paying attention and not disruptive during a practice or match. We have only a few hours so quality practice time is critical.

My child did not wrestle last year, will they have the opportunity to compete? Is there a possibility that they may be ‘cut' from the team?

Experience is not required. A strong work ethic and willingness to learn are all that are required. NO WRESTLERS WILL BE CUT!! The beauty of this sport is that if you come out, you are on the team. Children need to be educated and develop from week-to-week. How can anybody expect that to happen if you cut a kid before you get to know their strengths and weaknesses? All possible efforts will be made to ensure that your child gets to compete in all events.

How do you select the starting lineup?

A wrestler is not “selected” for the starting lineup. If there is more than one wrestler in a particular weight class, we hold a series of wrestle-offs to determine who will compete in the “A” spot. In almost all occasions, the “B” wrestler will also get a match from other “B” wrestlers at, or very near his weight class at the other school. We do these wrestle-offs weekly. It is a great wrestling tradition, that makes the “A” wrestler earn his spot weekly, and also gives the challenger a chance to improve and win the spot through dedication and perseverance.

In open tournaments, everyone gets a chance to compete based on his given weight class.

What are the weight classes for this age group?

The standard weight class list is as follows, but can change based on the host tournament director. We weigh the kids every week, and never encourage them to “cut’ weight. They will wrestle in whatever weight class they happen to be in any given week. Eating sensible, healthy meals and the nightly workouts are enough to assist with natural weight management.

Weight Classes - 75, 80, 85, 90, 95, 100, 105, 110, 115, 120, 127, 137,147, 157, 167, 185, HWT (Note - 2-pound addition allowance as of January 1)

What are the physical demands of this sport?

You can expect your child to get over heated and exhausted from the workouts. Wrestling is a physical sport that requires hard work. All precautions will be made to ensure their safety. Your child will be sore but soon their bodies will adjust. Keep pushing them to stay with it! The sport of wrestling will help with a child's coordination, flexibility and kinetic skills.

How can I keep my son from catching skin infections?

Unfortunately skin infections are common in all sports. It is not that common for wrestlers to come in contact with skin conditions or eye infections, but it can happen. There are basically three ways to help prevent skin infections. The first line of defense is good health. Eating properly is essential to successful athletic performance but it is also an excellent way to defend against infection. Secondly take the time to exam your child from time to time. Should you notice anything different on their skin please inform a coach immediately. Finally, Athletes must shower immediately after every practice and tournament to avoid any possibility of contracting a skin infection, and do not let them practice in used or dirty clothes. Athletes should cover any open wounds before stepping on to the mat. No athlete should practice or compete with a contagious skin condition, and the coach should be notified immediately. The wrestlers are NOT to wear their wrestling shoes outside at any time. They should arrive in street shoes and change when they arrive. This is to keep the wrestling mats as clean as possible. There is a special door mat with liquid disinfectant/biocide at the back door of the facility. This is to be used to disinfect the wrestling shoes.

What should I do if my child gets frustrated and wants to quit?

DON'T LET THEM!! Wrestling is not an easy sport. The demands can sometimes be overwhelming for some new to the sport. It is important for a child to learn that they must finish what they have started. Please encourage and love them no matter the outcome, but do not teach them to be quitters. Our goal is to encourage participation and have fun with the hopes that one day they will feed into our High School program.

Will parents have the opportunity to purchase apparel to show our support of our kids?

Yes. We will give every parent an opportunity to purchase St. Pius Spirit wear. We highly encourage it so that we can continue the sense of PRIDE and TRADITION in the St. Pius Wrestling program. We will send out order forms early in the season. You can also visit the Roar Store in the school for a variety of SPX gear.

How can parents help support the team?

We are looking for parents to help out with a number of supporting activities. Coke sales, coordinating transportation to meets and tournaments, providing snacks and meals during meets and tournaments, organizing team photos, and planning the end of the year party. Also, please keep encouraging your wrestler and provide a positive atmosphere for them, as it can be a difficult sport for first timers to pick up quickly. You can also help the program in general by becoming a member of the St Pius Athletic association!

What can my wrestler do during the off-Season/outside of Practice?

There are two local wrestling facilities: The Wrestling Academy and The Wrestling Center. Both have excellent facilities and instructors.