How do I find out about Tiger Wrestling Club schedules/events? By visiting our website www.tigerwrestling.info under “Calendar” or in many cases via the Club sending out an e-mail message to advise you of Club news. Additionally, you are encouraged to contact the Head Coach-Bill LaManna at email@example.com , if you need additional assistance. When does the Club practice? Beginning November 10, 2015 on Tuesday, Thursday and Friday evenings from 6:00-8:00p.m. Check the website calendar for details, such as “No Practice” dates, due to holidays, etc. When does the Club participate in competitive events (tournaments)? Generally, tournaments are held on every Sunday from the first week of December to the middle of March, with time off for the holidays. There are occasional Saturday tournaments, too. What should my wrestler bring/wear to practice? Tight fitting shirt and shorts, wrestling shoes, headgear, and a water bottle. What should my wrestler bring/wear to competitive events (tournaments)? Tiger Wrestling Club warm up gear that is issued by the Club, a singlet, headgear, and wrestling shoes. In addition, healthy snacks, books or small toys are often valuable for both wrestlers and their families during these somewhat lengthy events. What can I expect at the tournaments? Expect weigh-ins from 6:30 to 8:00 am, with wrestling to begin at 9:00 and end around 2:00 pm. In order to wrestle in the tournament, the wrestler must be first be weighed-in. This process involves the official registration of the wrestler for that tournament, and a grouping of similar aged wrestlers by weight. Most tournaments attempt to group the wrestlers by experience level as well (in addition to age and weight). Younger wrestlers will usually compete in 4-man groups, wrestling (2) matches per tournament, while older wrestlers may wrestle as many as (3) or (4) matches per tournament. Your wrestler will be provided a sheet of “WEIGH-IN CARDS”, prior to the first tournament. Please make a practice of presenting a WEIGH-IN CARD at each tournament’s weigh-in; this will make your experience much smoother on a given Sunday morning. (First Year Wrestlers, should clearly write their status on the weigh-in card, so they may be grouped with similarly experienced wrestlers.) Your wrestler will be called to mat at the appropriate time and coached mat side by one of the TWC coaches during the match. Matches are not allowed to commence until each wrestler has a coach in their corner (maximum of 2 coaches per wrestler). Only holders of IKWF/USA Wrestling Cards are allowed to be mat side. Upon completion of the wrestler’s final match of the day, the awards for each group will be processed and distributed to the recipients. With any luck you will be on your way by 1:00 (for 8 and under), or 3:00 (for 9 and over). Where do I sit at the tournament? Since all wrestlers will be wearing the same orange warm up gear, we should be able to find each other in the crowded bleachers. We encourage all wrestlers and their fans to sit together as a team. Does my wrestler have to diet or cut weight to make a certain weight class? No. Wrestlers do not have to “make” a certain weight class. They simply weigh-in and are grouped with like sized and aged wrestlers at each tournament. There are no specific weight classes in most of our tournaments. The exception to this is the State Series Tournaments (Regionals, Sectionals, State), at year end for wrestlers ages 9-14 only. Even with this exception – “cutting weight” will not be condoned by the Club. A sensible balanced diet throughout the season is encouraged, mainly cutting out unnecessary sweets and soda. What if I cannot transport my wrestler to practice or tournaments? Ask any coach for assistance, we are happy to help. Car pools make every event more fun and build team unity. Does my wrestler have to participate in any type of fundraising activity for the Club? While there is no mandatory fundraising event, we hope to have a team community service project. Details to be announced at a later date. Why are practices CLOSED? All practices are closed to spectators. There will be no exceptions; this applies to both siblings and adults. We find this to be a safer and more productive learning environment for the wrestlers. Any parent who wishes to assist in coaching practice is welcome to do so. What precautionary steps does the Club take to prevent the spread of infectious disease? Ringworm, MRSA, H1N1, Flu and Common Cold concern all of us as parents of the wrestlers. In order to address these concerns the Club employs the following rules: Wrestling Shoes are not to be worn outdoors, and are to be put on the feet once the wrestler is in the practice room. Following practice all wrestlers should take a soapy shower or bath as soon as they arrive at home. The wrestling mats are cleaned and sanitized daily by the Wheaton Warrenville South High School janitorial staff. Sick or infected wrestlers will not be allowed to participate in practices. If you have any questions regarding the health of your wrestler…..take the night-off, there will be plenty more practices during the season.