MIDDLE SCHOOL

WRESTLING

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Minot Middle School Wrestling

Introduction:

Welcome to the Minot Middle School Wrestling program. High School athletics can be a very valuable experience for you. It can benefit you physically, mentally, and socially.

It is your responsibility to make the necessary sacrifices if you are to achieve what we feel you are capable of. Remember, it is your mind that sets your limits.

By working on wrestling techniques and mental attitudes, we can remain in the realm of competitive scholastic wrestling.

As a coaching staff, we are committed to provide better communication between wrestlers, parents, administrators, and fans. We will use social media, phones and text messaging, and announcements in school to accomplish this.

LISTEN! – READ! – ASK QUESTIONS! KEEP YOURSELF INFORMED!

Priorities:

During the course of the wrestling season, we expect wrestling to be the fourth most important thing in your life, behind your family, faith and your education. Other activities that will adversely affect the physical health and conditioning of the athlete should be avoided (i.e. – making poor choices to do things that can or will cause injury or suspension from wrestling).

Your classroom work is the means by which you receive a quality education, just as your work at practice is the means to becoming a better athlete so-----------DO YOUR BEST!

Should there be a conflict between your family, faith, or class work and practice, your family, faith and class work come first. But, you must let the coaches know ahead of time.

Making a commitment to any team or sport requires you to be responsible. Character on and off the structure of the program, is vital to your development as a person.

General Conduct:

As a member of the Minot Middle School Wrestling team, you are looked up to with a great deal of respect. This program has developed into a successful program because of the dedication, and determination of those preceding you. We, as coaches, will expect and require the same of you.

It is your responsibility, as well as the coaches, parents, and fans to exhibit good sportsmanship and character at all times, on the mat and off.

ATTITUDE is one of the principle requirements in becoming a champion, in sport and life. Of course, that is best defined to the athlete by how you act, how you feel, and how you choose to show your character.

We expect you to:

1. Show respect at all times to everyone you come in contact with. Hazing or initiations will not be tolerated. Suspension or removal from the team is eminent for those involved. Coaches and administration will be notified and discuss penalties, possibly criminal charges.

2. Avoid unsportsmanlike actions at all times. Showing frustration and anger defines your weaknesses. Learn from your mistakes and make the necessary changes.

3. Cooperate with all coaches, officials, table workers, and event personal.

4. Display self control at all times. This is a strength that defines your character.

5. Accept decisions you cannot control, and abide by them. You need to communicate your differences, don’t display them.

6. Shake hands with your opponent before and after the contest. There’s no shame in competing, only lessons to be learned.

7. Accept both victory and defeat with pride and compassion. Never be boastful or bitter.

8. Swearing will not be tolerated - ever! – Reminders (additional training) will be swift.

9. Dress appropriate for all events. Team or school gear, casual dress attire is required. No hats, beanies, rags, no baggie, faded pants below your waste or with holes in them. Image and self respect will impact your success.

10. Equipment should be a high priority to you. Store your things in the locker that is provided to you. Use your lock! Uniforms will be checked out before the first match. Return of uniforms should be done immediately following your last day of wrestling.

11. Show, CHARACTER – CHARACTER - CHARACTER

Do things the way you have been coached and instructed to do them. We shouldn’t have to REMIND you every day. Correct habits are formed through continued repetition and visualization of the perfect model. Make every effort to become that perfect model.

Eligibility:

YOU ARE NOT ELIGIBLE BY NDHSAA:

- If you have not been in class as many days as you have missed from the opening of the semester - If you entered school later than 10 days after the opening of the semester - If you have competed in a sport for 4 years as a high school student - If you have been enrolled in an institution of higher rank except as an accelerated student carrying advanced work in addition to 3 high school subjects - If you did not earn credits in 4 subjects the preceding semester - If you did not maintain a passing average in 4 subjects during the present semester - If you have graduated from a 4-year high school or equivalent - If you have accepted awards other than those having symbolic value and costing less than seventy-five dollars - If you are 20 years of age or over - If you are not an amateur or if you have competed under an assumed name - If you have transferred from another school without corresponding change of residence by your parents - If you are in your ninth semester of attendance and have reached your eighteenth birthday - If you are in your eighth semester and your seventh and eighth semesters are not consecutive - If you do not have a doctor’s or nurse practitioner’s certificate of physical fitness issued since May 20th of the current school year - If you use or have in your possession tobacco, alcohol, or other illegal substances

YOU ARE NOT ELIGIBLE BY MINOT MIDDLE SCHOOLS IF:

- Grade checks will be made every week. You must be passing ALL classes - If you are failing a class, you will remain ineligible for competition until that grade is passing, at the next check.. You will be able to practice during the time you are ineligible. - Eligibility can be regained every day.

Participation Fee:

A participation fee of $25 was adopted by the Minot Public School Board. This will be paid to the finance secretary, at your school, BEFORE your first match.

Physical Exams, Medical forms, and Participation release:

All players wishing to participate in Minot Middle School activities must have a completed physical examination on file to be allowed to participate in practice. If it is already on file from this year or a 2-year physical from last year, we will have that on record. In this case, you must fill out a form B document. Otherwise, you need to bring a completed Form A physical BEFORE the first day of practice, or you will not participate.

Medical history and participation release forms must be completed before you will be allowed to participate in competition. Get this done BEFORE we start the season. This is another representation of your character and commitment to YOUR success.

Injuries:

Injuries must be reported to a coach immediately. Physical demands on your body may cause some aches and pains. Being hurt and being injured are two separate things. Sometimes you need to work through the pain. In the case of an injury, a coach, or manager will notify the trainer on staff. He will access the injury and make adequate recommendations to the coaches and/or the parents. Medical bills are the responsibility of the athlete and his/her insurance company. You must report all injuries to the finance secretary at your school.

Practice Responsibilities:

For wrestling practice, you must be dressed, in the practice room, and ready to go at 3:45. Practices are meant to prepare you for competition.

Be prepared with proper equipment: wrestling shoes, running shoes, shorts, t-shirts (2), and sweatshirt. Tardiness (after 3:50pm) will result in reminders (additional training).

PRACTICE GEAR SHOULD BE WASHED OR CHANGED AFTER EVERY WORKOUT! CLEAN GEAR HELPS PREVENT A FUNGUS AMONG US! YOU WILL SHOWER AT SCHOOL AFTER EVERY PRACTICE OR EVENT. WE ENCOURAGE YOU TO GET SOME ANTI-BACTERIAL SOAP TO USE.

One of the goals of competition is to allow you to see improvement. You will not compete without adequate practice participation. This is vital in reaching even the smallest goals you have set for yourself. Habits developed in the practice room WILL transfer to your performance on the mat. Work hard at practice without being forced to.

A winner makes commitments, a loser will make promises.

Competition:

You are responsible to be on weight for your weight class. You are the one that has made the commitment to yourself, your coaches, your teammates, and to your parents. Failure to make weight will result in a suspension for two competitions (weigh-ins). The wrestlers will be held accountable to make the weight class he missed before being allowed to continue competing at that weight after the suspension.

All wrestlers and managers are responsible to setup and teardown for home events. NO Exceptions.

All wrestlers involved in a dual meet will remain at the bench until it is finished. At the completion of your individual match, you will be expected to get your warm-ups on, and return to the bench in a timely manner, regardless of the result of your match.

During your matches, your coaches are the ones you should be listening to. Focus your attention to them. They are there to help you succeed. Be an athlete who shares the rewards of competing, and do what you are being coached to do. We all learn from our failures and mistakes, but if you don’t make the effort, learning cannot take place.

Attendance:

Should you miss a practice or a competition, for whatever reason, always make sure to notify one of the coaches. You need to do this personally, by phone, or notify a school administrator, that will contact one of the coaches, of your intended absence.

When you are not there, your absence affects the workouts of others. An unexcused absence will result in a conference with the coaches and reminders will be discussed.

Remember, you have made a commitment, to do what-ever you can, to reach your fullest potential. It should be obvious to you, this cannot be done, if you miss practice sessions.

ALL ABSENCES AND TARDIES WILL RESULT IN REMINDERS (additional training) AND POSSIBLE SUSPENSION OR DISMISSAL FROM THE TEAM. Trip Cost:

The school does not purchase meals on the out of town trips. This is something that you will have to provide.

Be on time for all departures. We do not schedule for tardiness. Departure time is when the bus will roll. If you are not on the bus, and were scheduled to leave, this will be considered an unexcused absence. Refer to consequences above.

Please dress for the weather. Do not forget to bring a warm cap, gloves, a warm coat, and boots. School policy does not allow you on the bus without these items. A wise person comes prepared for the worst, not wishing for the better.

The bus will be left as clean as it was when you got on it. It is everyone’s responsibility to make sure this is done, even if it is not your trash. If you see garbage or forgotten items, pick it up and throw it away or locate the owner of the item.

Goals:

Your goals for the season should be written on a sheet of paper. Make a file for them that will be easily accessible to you. Your goals must be set high enough to excite you, yet not so high, that you cannot vividly imagine reaching them. The goal should be attainable, but just out of reach for now.

Your goals should start out small (I want to get ten takedowns in practice.), and build to higher levels (I want to make varsity or qualify for state.). State your goals positively. Be specific and lock yourself into the end result. Avoid setting a time limit to achieve a goal whenever possible. Read and adjust your goals as you approach or attain them.

People without goals fail because they do not have direction in their lives. The key to success is believing. BELIEVE AND SUCCEED. Plant a goal in your mind, care for it, work steadily towards it, and it WILL become a reality.

If you are willing to abide by these rules and regulations, we welcome you to our team. In order for us to be successful this season, everyone will have to cooperate with each other. We are not saying this will be easy, but greatness is usually achieved with diversity and the will to work through adversity. Championships are earned, not received!

GOOD LUCK AND LET’S HAVE SOME FUN!

STATEMENT OF UNDERSTANDING AND COMMITMENT

I, THE UNDERSIGNED, HAVE READ THE RULES AND REGULATIONS OF THE MINOT HIGH WRESTLING PROGRAM. I UNDERSTAND THEM AND I WILLINGLY ACCEPT THE EXPECTATIONS OF THIS PROGRAM. I WILL MAKE THE COMMITMENT NEEDED TO HELP THIS TEAM SUCCEED. FAILURE TO COMPLY WITH THESE EXPECTATIONS WILL RESULT IN CONSEQUENCES (Additional training, Suspension, or Dismissal from the team).

YOU WILL NOT COMPETE FOR THE MINOT MIDDLE SCHOOL WRESTLING TEAM UNTIL THIS DOCUMENT IS SIGNED BY THE WRESTLER/MANAGER AND HIS OR HER PARENT/ GUARDIAN, AND RETURNED TO THE COACHING STAFF.

WRESTLER/MANAGER SIGNATURE:__________________________________________________

PARENT/GAURDIAN SIGNATURE:_____________________________________________________

COACHES SIGNATURE:___________________________________________________________

DATE RECEIVED:____________________________________________________________