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St. Pius X Catholic High 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 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.

Below is what each wrestler has been provided – please take the time to read this and discus with your son.

ACADEMICS

You are first and foremost a student at St. Pius X. As a student-athlete, and moreover a Saint Pius X Wrestler, your academic success comes first! Endeavor to become a scholar-athlete.

Your commitment to wrestling demands that you learn good time-management skills. You have a schedule for wrestling season and you have academic calendars for each of your courses. Utilize these resources and be proactive to manage your time wisely. Additionally, some of you will have to take the SAT and/or the ACT exam. Schedule this exam on a date that does not conflict with wrestling.

Being an athlete is never an excuse for poor grades. Similarly, keeping up with your academic responsibilities is not an excuse to miss practice or be late to practice. If you are meeting with a teacher and you know you will be late to practice, you must bring a note from that teacher.

Bottom Line: Keep the grades up. If you do not train, you do not compete.

COMING PREPARED TO TRAIN

Training begins at 3:30 p.m. sharp and will conclude at 5:45 p.m. each school day. We train in the batting facility next to the softball field. Come prepared everyday with the following gear:

  • Wrestling Shoes – we have a collection of gently used wrestling shoes donated by current and former wrestlers that can be used by anyone on the team
  • Running Shoes
  • Head Gear – SPX Provides the proper head gear
  • Work out attire and an extra t-shirt
  • Sweat Shirt

Bottom Line: If you are early you are on time. If you are on time you are late. If you are late without a note from your teacher everyone does up-downs. If you do not have all of your required gear everyone does up-downs.

SAFETY

Wrestling is a physically demanding sport, and we will do everything possible to mitigate the possibility of injuries. A proper warm-up and cool down will be conducted everyday. Horse play and unsupervised use of the equipment in our facility is not authorized.

Bottom Line: If it is not supervised, it is not authorized.

WEIGH-INS FOR COMPETITIONS

Weigh-ins that we must conduct at St. Pius will begin promptly at 7:00 a.m. Weigh-ins will conclude at 7:10 a.m. At 7:15 a.m. we will attend morning mass together as a team.

Bottom Line: Be on time and on weight for weigh-ins. A team that prays together wins together!

CONDUCT AT COMPETITIONS

All wrestlers will arrive early for competition wearing their team warm-ups and with all required gear. We will look uniform and professional when we arrive, while we compete, and when we depart the competition.

Sportsmanship will characterize everything we do. We will conduct ourselves as champions at all times. When we win, we will be gracious and humble. If we lose, we will be gracious and humble. Look your opponent in the eye and shake his hand at the beginning and conclusion of the match. Walk over to his coach and do the same.

Bottom Line: We will look and act like champions at all times.

NUTRITION AND WEIGHT MANAGEMENT

Competing at a high level demands that we pay careful attention to our nutrition habits during the season. Extreme diets to cut weight are to be absolutely avoided. You will naturally drop excess body fat as the season progresses.

A proper diet during wrestling season should be well-balanced with a focus on increased lean protein-intake. Avoid fat-laden fast foods and sodas. Stay away from the empty calories. Be sure to stay properly hydrated at all times by drinking lots of water. Above all, be sensible.

Making weight before a competition requires careful attention to what you eat and drink the night before if you know you are close. A good home scale is an inexpensive investment that will eliminate any guessing. Don’t skip meals. You will also naturally lose between one and two pounds of water weight at night as you sleep.

The GHSA mandates that all schools participate in a weight management program. The purpose of the program is to create a healthy weight management program for each wrestler.

Bottom Line: Your athletic performance is a direct function of the way you fuel your body. Making weight for competition is about being smart and proactive.

HYGIENE

The most unwelcome guest in any wrestling room is a skin infection. It can spell disaster for our season if it gets around. The mats will be properly cleaned and disinfected everyday before practice.

Help prevent the spread of germs in our wrestling room by making sure your practice attire is clean. Do not bring unwashed attire to practice with. Keep your head gear clean by cleaning it weekly with rubbing alcohol. Additionally, be sure to use an antibacterial soap. Be sure to shower as soon as you get home from practice. Better yet, shower in the locker room immediately after 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.

Bottom Line: Keep the germs out of our wrestling room with good individual hygiene habits.

INDIVIDUAL CONDUCT ON AND OFF THE MAT

Competing in the name of St. Pius X and wearing our uniform is a privilege. Those individuals who fail to adhere to my guidelines and expectations will be counseled and subject to suspension and expulsion from our wrestling team.

Bottom Line: Do the right thing all the time.

Some Basic rules:

Please ensure that 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. NEVER walk on the wrestling mat with street shoes!

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

FAQs

What gear will we need?

Athletic shorts, water bottle, tee shirt and wrestling shoes. We will supply a wrestling singlet and head gear for all competitions. For first-time wrestlers, we have a large selection of gently-used wrestling shoes that can be used for free all season. 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

How can I keep my son from catching skin infections?

It is not that common for wrestlers to come in contact with skin conditions or eye infections, but it can happen. Athletes must shower immediately after every practice and tournament to avoid any possibility of contracting a skin infection. 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 at the back door of the facility. This is to be used to disinfect the wrestling shoes.

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, 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!

More importantly, show up and cheer on the entire team at every event!