Waukegan Youth Wrestling Club: FAQ
Q. Who will my child be wrestling with?
A. In practices your child will wrestle with the kids closest to his or her weight/ability. In tournaments your child will wrestle within his or her age group and usually within +/- 5lbs of his weight.
Q. Are there girls that wrestle?
A. Yes. All wrestlers wrestle kids in their age / weight division regardless of gender. Girls are required to wear a hair cap in tournaments and should wear a "sports bra".
Q. Will my child get hurt?
A. Yes. Wrestling is not a gentle sport. Your child will be banged up and bruised on occasion, this is normal. The coaching staff does everything possible to prevent serious injuries.
Q. Will my child get 'funny' ears many wrestlers get?
A. The headgear that is required in tournaments works to prevent 'cauliflower ear', all boys are encouraged to wear them at all times in practice.
Q. What should I expect from the first season?
A. Your child should return home from practice very tired. The coaches attempt to teach all the children various techniques and moves each week.
Q. How will my child do in the tournaments?
A. Generally first year wrestlers don't win too many matches, some of them will, but many have to work hard to earn their first victory. Some tournaments try to match wrestlers with similar records, so be patient, with hard work your child will start winning.
Q. Other sports my child does are very careful to not be too competitive at the younger ages is this a competitive sport?
A. There is no way to wrestle without being competitive. If you or your child wants to 'tie' every time he competes you should stick to soccer (just kidding soccer people!). Wrestling is about winning or losing. But, like in many sports a losing wrestler can have wrestled a great match. You can't win them all.
Q. What are the tournaments like?
A. Difficult to describe if you haven't been to one before. The weigh-ins are usually from 6am to 8am on Sunday mornings. Wrestlers are due on the mats usually at 8:30-9:00, for a warm up with the team. Some may have only 6 mats, many will have 10 or more mats running matches at a time. Many tournaments start with the young age brackets being called to the 'bullpen', this is usually the same area that the weigh-in was held. All wrestlers called to the bullpen are sorted by weight. Groups of wrestlers will be led to a mat, the groups are usually their 'brackets', depending on age, brackets are usually 4man or 8man. After they wrestle their first matches there is sometimes a long wait for the second match , and a similar wait for the 3rd match. The coach will be able to tell you how many matches there will be after the weigh-in (some brackets include byes). During this time spectators are required to be in the stands, we try to sit together as a team, usually only coaches and wrestlers are allowed near the mats. Good tournaments have plenty of room in the stands, and the matches are run quickly and smoothly.
Q. What other expenses are there?
A. Shoes, tournament fees, and maybe kneepads. Tournament fees average $15 to $20. If there are any over night tournaments you choose to attend all travel/lodging expenses are your own.
A. A successful team needs good members. There are a LOT of good wrestlers out there that don't even know it. They haven't even thought of wrestling. This is your job as part of the team, to find new team members and introduce them to the sport. Sometimes they will need some friendly encouragement to give it a try. Tell them about the tournaments, show them your trophy case. Give them the website address so their parents can find out some information. Ask them to come watch a practice and talk to a coach. While winning yourself is fun, watching a child that you helped recruit win his first trophy is almost as much fun.
Tuesday, October 30
What to Know Before You Come to Practice.....
Wrestlers should come properly dressed in clean athletic attire, wrestling shoes and properly adjusted headgear (once you receive them from the club).
There is a water fountain available but you may want to bring a water bottle. The coaches appreciate wrestlers being prepared to start on time, the warm-ups and stretching are essential parts of every practice.
Many youth wrestling teams struggle with skin disorders. Impetigo and ringworm infections can be a problem unless everyone practices good hygiene. Thorough showers after EVERY practice and tournament, don't wear street shoes onto the mats, and if you notice any unusual spots or rashes bring them to the attention of a coach ASAP.