Tips on Surviving Wrestling Season
“More enduringly than any other sport, wrestling teaches self-control and pride. Some have wrestled without great skill – none have wrestled without pride.” ~ Dan Gable
1. For new parents, the singlet is the uniform (don’t laugh) and each wrestler will wear headgear. Wrestling shoes are should be considered as they are light and flexible while offering some traction and support. If you bought it, put a name on it.
2. Wrestling season runs from November thru February/March. Regular practices, scrimmages, dual-meets (against one other team) and tournaments (mostly on weekends) will fill that time.
3. Stock up on water and snacks, particularly for tournaments for you and your wrestler. Some ibuprofen or acetaminophen is also helpful for you and others. A nail clipper is also helpful in case the referee needs someone’s nails cut. Bring a camera and batteries.
4. Bring a pillow or stadium seat for you and maybe for a loved one or grandparent. Unless you like sitting on bleachers.
5. Tournaments are long days with your wrestler having a match intermittently. If you plan on staying, see numbers 3 and 4 above. Some have suggested a lawn chair in your car if you need a break from a crowded, hot gym filled with sweaty people.
6. Wrestlers will sometimes get injured with mat burn, bumps, bruises. Wrestlers will also sometimes get ringworm, buy some antifungal medicine (e.g. Lotrimin, Tinactin).
7. You will hear lots of yelling. From the other parents, coaches, wrestlers, etc. See number 3 above (ibuprofen, acetaminophen).
8. Get to know the other parents and sit with them at matches. More support for their wrestler and more support for yours.
9. Your wrestler will get twisted, stretched, thrown etc. The referees are there to keep it safe and fair. The coaches are there to coach your wrestler and keep the referee on point.
10. Wrestling is considered the world’s oldest sport, be proud of your wrestler for honoring this tradition. Your wrestler needs your support whether they win or lose.