Q: What does my wrestler need for practice?
A: (1) Shorts and a t-shirt or a singlet, (2) Wrestling shoes, (3) Water bottle, (4) headgear and mouthpiece (both optional). Absolutely no bare feet or street shoes are allowed on the wrestling mat.
Parents are responsible for providing wrestling shoes and headgear. The headgear is optional for practices but required for the tournaments. The Force has a wrestling shoe repository. The repository is stocked with shoes donated by parents typically because their athlete has outgrown them. Please contact us via email if you have shoes to donate or want to use a pair of shoes in the repository.
Also, the Force will provide each wrestler with a t-shirt that can be worn at practice. In addition, each wrestler may earn a Force draw-string bag by participating in our technique testing. The bag is great for carrying headgear and wrestling shoes.
Q: What does my wrestler need for the tournaments?
A: A Singlet and headgear. The Force will provide each wrestler with a singlet that must be returned at the end of the season.
Q: Is my wrestler expected to attend all the practices for his/her particular group ( foundational or Advanced)?
A: The club recommends each wrestler attend all practices in order to remain in-step with the techniques that are being taught and drilled; and to be adequately prepared for the tournaments. However, it is understood that full attendance is sometimes not practical/possible depending on a variety of circumstances unique to each athlete.
Q: Is my wrestler expected to attend all tournaments?
A: The tournaments provide each wrestler with an opportunity to employ the techniques they are learning against athletes from other wrestling programs. It also gives the wrestler a chance to support his/her teammates in their matches. And, a wrestler will need to compete in at least five tournments during the season to be eligible for the final tournment at the end of the season - Regionals - with a chance to earn a medal. With this in mind, participation at the tournaments is optional.
Q: What is expected of wrestling parents who volunteer at practices and/or tournaments?
A: Parents from each club are expected to assist with scorekeeping duties at most tournaments. No experience necessary to fulfill this role - training is provided. There are typically three parents/older siblings needed for each age group. You will be asked to volunteer for your child's age group with the caveat that you will be allowed to leave the table if your son/daughter is wrestling on another mat. Parent involvement is critical to ensure the tournament runs smoothly and it also boosts the morale fo the wrestlers.
In addition, the Force welcomes all parents who would like to assist at practice or help coach at tournaments. All volunteers at practice must support the direction of the Coach leading the practice session. In addition, volunteers must lend a hand to any wrestler who needs assistance and not simply hover around their child. There may be a certification requirement to coach at the tournaments. More information on this will be posted when the tournament schedule is announced.