Q: Where do I find team information?

A: InstaTeam – Visit the Instateam page for sign up details! Always know what is going on!

Q: How does scoring in an individual wrestling match work?

A: Visit http://www.wvmat.com/overview.htm for complete overview of scoring.

Q: Do I need a mouth guard?

A: Mouth guard is optional (recommended) However if you have BRACES, Mouth Guard is REQUIRED! Whatever braces you have, you must have a mouth guard that covers all the metal. So if you have braces on the top and bottom rows, make sure you have a mouth guard that protects both rows.

Q: Do I need headgear?

A: YES – headgear is required at all tournaments and school events.

What about at practice? You should wear your headgear in practice whenever we are in live wrestling, so you get used to wearing your headgear. The coaches will encourage you to wear them, but they won’t require you to wear them.

Why do you need them at all? If you are wrestling hard, during tie-ups your ears can get scrunched, twisted, which in itself is painful. This can also cause an ailment called cauliflower ear. Your ear (one or both) swell with fluid, become painfully sore, and make it impossible to wrestle. Your doctor will have to drain them, or perhaps perform minor surgery to repair them – both of which are uncomfortable and costly. So, protect your ears by wearing your headgear.

Q: Is my hair too long? Do I need a hair net?

A: To compete without a hair net under your heargear, your hair must not fall over or into your eyes, past your ear lobes, and must be above the collar of a normal shirt in the back

Q: What does the wrestler wear to practice?

A: Every wrestler must be clean, have fingernails trimmed and have proper attire before each practice. Athletic shorts or sweatpants, t-shirt and clean socks are mandatory. No exceptions. You can wear headgear (recommended), wrestling shoes, and a mouth guard also. Jewelry, watches, jeans, street shoes and bare feet are prohibited. ABSOLUTELY NO STREET SHOES ALLOWED ON THE MAT…EVER! We need to keep our wrestlers healthy. Thank you for abiding by this very important rule.

Q: What if my child is not sure about wearing the singlet?

A: Once they get into the singlet and see others wearing singlets, the fear is usually gone.  However, new rules allow for two piece wrestling uniform.

Q: How intense are the practices?

A: Wrestling practice is one of the most challenging of all sports workouts.  It exhausts an athlete both mentally and physically.  Wrestlers are challenged to push themselves physically in terms of strength conditioning and endurance.  In fact, some athletes use wrestling as a tool within their conditioning. In wrestling you get cardio, strength, endurance and agility workouts all in one practice. A fully conditioned wrestler is one of the most highly conditioned athletes in ANY sport.

Through wrestling kids develop strength, balance, flexibility, endurance, and most importantly confidence in their abilities. These attitudes are the basis of all competitive sports. Exposure to wrestling will help your child excel in other sports such as soccer, football, track and much more.

Q: Are wrestlers required or expected to lose weight?

A: No!  There are quite a few public misconceptions.  Furthermore, state and national governing bodies, such as USA wrestling, now prohibit any form of rapid or unsafe weight loss. We focus on health eating and balance for athletes to preform at their ideal weight!

Some parents automatically associate wrestling with excessive, out-of-control weight loss, akin to anorexia and bulimia.  In reality, the opposite is true – wrestlers gain control of their body weight and body composition, and are able to set and achieve reasonable goals with respect to muscle mass, fat percentage and body weight.  We find that in wrestling, it is a good time to explain how healthy eating can have an impact on performance, or to discuss the difference between healthy foods and “junk foods”.

More information on nutrition 

Q: What soap should my athlete use?

A: Dial Gold is a good anti-bacterial soap. Defense soap is excellent,(Get Defense Soap Now) though more expensive. It is very important that wrestlers take thorough showers after every practice and competition. They should also wash their practice gear after every practice. Good time to learn if they don’t already do their own laundry.