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Why Wrestle

Frequently Asked Questions are listed below.

Q. Why Wrestle?
A. Wrestling is a unique sport. Wrestling focuses primarily on individual achievement while participating in a team environment. Because of the way wrestling matches are run your child can and will develop more confidence and independence.
Q. How does Wrestling compare with team sports such as soccer, baseball, and basketball?
A. Wrestling is considered an individual sport, but includes many of the benefits of team sports. Wrestling differs from most team sports in that during competition, athletes must rely entirely on their own individual abilities for success. Those that dedicate the time and effort will eventually achieve at a level directly proportionate to the investment they have made - even if their teammates prepare and perform at a different level. Similarities exist in that teammates still depend on each other in team competition. Team victories in meets and tournaments are determined by the number of individual victories, and the extent to which each match was won or lost. Wrestlers also develop an appreciation and respect for teammates that have been through the same challenges, and a strong sense of belonging and camaraderie with teammates and other wrestlers. Other team sports may be better for developing interactive player-to player skills such as passing and blocking, but wrestling can offer benefits that other team sports lack. The individual nature of the sport provides an outstanding opportunity for young athletes to develop a sense of responsibility and self esteem while learning the relationship between effort and achievement.
Q. Who Can Wrestle?
A. All students, male and female, who maintain a "C" or above average may wrestle for the wrestling team. There are 14 weight classes at the high school level that your son or daughter will wrestle at. They are: 103, 112, 119, 125, 130, 135, 140, 145, 152, 160, 171, 189, 215, and 285.
Q. At what age should kids get involved?
A. Some parents feel that wrestling is too intense for young kids, and that it is better suited for post-pubescent teenage years. Denying a child the opportunity to participate in wrestling until high school greatly reduces their chance of success. Wrestling is a sport involving very complex technique that can take many years to master. A great high school athlete with little or no wrestling experience has little or no chance against an 8 or 10 year veteran. Some kids can close this gap by their last year of high school, but like most sports these days, starting younger seems to be the norm. There are two entry points prior to high school - kid's clubs and middle school wrestling. Both are very accommodating for new wrestlers. Age and maturity level is not a factor by the time kids are in middle school, but at the club level, kids can enter wrestling as young as 4 or 5 years of age. There is no easy way to know when a child is mature enough to be participating in a new sport. Some might be ready at three, while others might not develop an interest for wrestling until their early teens. The best approach is to introduce kids to the sport at a time and pace that is consistent with their interest level, backing off when necessary, and allowing more participation as their interest grows. In any case, it is important NOT to involve very young kids in a highly competitive program. Parents with young wrestlers should check that their club can properly accommodate young wrestlers with a separate, less competitive regimen involving more fun, "tumbling" types of activities, with virtually no emphasis on any of the serious, more competitive aspects of the sport.
Q. How do I decide if my child is ready for a tournament?
A. The first requirement is that the child understand the basic rules of wrestling. This includes scoring, starting positions for each period, the flow of a match, and legal moves. Obviously, the more wrestling experience a child has, the more success they are likely to have in the matches. The second requirement is to be emotionally ready. For many children, tournaments are a reality check on over-confidence. For others, unexpected wins may show they can achieve something they didnt think they could do. In either case, it is important that the child be able to recognize the experience as an opportunity to learn. If you believe that your child can stay positive during a competitive event then he is probably emotionally ready for a tournament.
Q. How long is the Wrestling season?
A. The High School season usually begins the 2nd week of November and ends with the State Championships in March. Practices start right after school and practice ends at approximately at 5:00 pm Monday through Friday. Check the calendar to see if you have practice during no school days. During the summer months there are many optional opportunities to continue wrestling. Please follow up with your coach for summer events.
Q. How Safe is Wrestling?
A. Wrestling, like all sports, has the risk of injury. Wrestling injuries tend to be soft tissue trauma to tendons and muscles. Rarely do wrestlers get the bone crunching injuries that we associate with other contact sports. Your wrestler will get bumps, bruises, mat burn, and bloody noses. Don't panic, it's all part of the sport and your child will never be asked to wrestle if they are hurt or not feeling well.
Q. What are the various styles of wrestling?
A. There are 3 styles of wrestling that are practiced in the US. Freestyle, Greco Roman, and the style that most of us are familiar with, Folkstyle or Collegiate. Freestyle and Greco Roman are the styles that you find wrestled in the Olympics and at international completions; Folkstyle is the style that is wrestled in high schools and colleges
Q. Does Wrestling teach or promote aggressive or violent behavior?
A. Aggressiveness, Yes. Violence, No. Wrestling is often referred to as the toughest sport, and in many ways it is, but it is certainly not violent, nor does it lead to unruly or destructive behavior. One of the factors that makes wrestling so different from most other sports is that wrestling involves head-to-head competition. Each wrestler's efforts work in direct opposite from each other as in a tug-of-war contest. Success in wrestling requires the ability to attack, as well as the ability to stop your opponent's attack. The same factors apply with boxing and martial arts, but an attack in wrestling is nonviolent. Wrestling does not permit opponents to strike one another, and imposes strict penalties or disqualification for violent behavior. In essence, wrestling is unique in the fact that it can be very aggressive without being violent. The objective is not to destroy or harm one's opponent, but to out-maneuver them and to gain control. The intensity with which wrestlers compete increases with age and experience. Kids wrestling, especially the younger age groups, in not nearly as intense as high school or college wrestling. It's common for new wrestlers to feel somewhat intimidated at first, not knowing how they compare with other wrestlers, but that is soon overcome. Wrestling, perhaps more than any other sport, is a great for building confidence while retaining a healthy dose of humility. The long-term result is that it develops the champion from within, and leads to greater success both on and off the mat, and does not turn kids into bullies or thugs.