Raider wrestling

Rules and expectations


Wrestling is a tough and demanding sport. It is the coaches’ beliefs that any young man or woman who takes on the sport is extraordinary. It is for this reason that we hold high expectations for our wrestlers. Much as in life, there is nothing deserved in wrestling, the only thing a wrestler deserves is what he/she earns. We want these young men and women to be respected both on and off of the mat. With participation and support from parents, coaching staff, and athletes, Rouse Wrestling will continue to flourish!

Communication is the key to success within any program and needs to be a point of emphasis. Without effective communication it will be very difficult for our wrestling program to reach the highs that we are capable of. It is imperative that coaches are let known of any conflicts students may have with practice or competition 24 hours in advance.


1. Attendance:

Wrestling is an individual and team sport. Our success is dependent upon those who attend matches and practice on a regular basis. When wrestlers fail to attend matches and practices, the end result is a weaker team. We are asking for a commitment from the wrestlers. I understand that there are emergencies and explainable situations. As mentioned before, coaches should be informed of anything that will keep a wrestler from being on time or in attendance as early as possible. Making every practice is not a hope it is an expectation. If at any time a wrestler is late to practice due to tutorial, a pass is REQUIRED for entry to practice.

2. Academics:

Wrestlers are held to a higher standard. We expect performance in the classroom as well as on the mat. Progress reports will be sent with students to be completed by their teachers every two weeks.  Failure to return the completed reports on time will result in disciplinary action. Reports will also address behavior and effort in the classroom. Poor reports will be addressed accordingly.

3. Dress:

Uniforms will be issued for meets and travel. Coaches will inform wrestlers of the required dress for travel before the meet. This is not negotiable. We are a team, and we will represent ourselves and our school as such.

4. Effort:

As previously stated, wrestling is a difficult sport. Intense conditioning is required, and it is expected that each athlete will participate in conditioning. If for any reason an athlete cannot participate in conditioning, he or she will be sent to the trainers to assess the issue. The ONLY reason anyone can be excused from conditioning will be if they are excused by the training staff or a doctor’s note.

5. Professionalism:

We will represent ourselves, our school, and our community in an impressive manner. We will take pride in who we are, what we do, and where we come from. We are Raiders, and our names will be remembered for great wrestling and spotless professionalism.

6. Sportsmanship:

We will win with dignity, and we will lose with dignity. There is no such thing as a wrestler that never lost a match. Losing is part of the sport and is necessary to learn. No matter what the situation, we will show respect to our opponents, their coaches, the referees, and the opposing spectators and parents. All Raider wrestlers will shake hands with their opponents and their opponents’ coaches after every match.

Rouse High School Wrestling Contract

I understand that in my position as a Raider Wrestler, I must act in accord with the following code:

Class — be a good sport, teach and model class, be gracious in victory and accept defeat with dignity; help fallen opponents, compliment extraordinary performance, and show sincere respect in pre- and post-game rituals.

Primacy of Educational Goals — be faithful to your educational and life-long goals and assure that these objectives are not compromised to achieve your sports performance goals.

Trustworthiness —be worthy of trust in all you do and display the importance of integrity, honesty, reliability and loyalty.

Integrity — model high ideals of ethics and sportsmanship and always pursue victory with honor; each, advocate and model the and good character by doing the right thing even when it’s unpopular or personally costly.

Honesty —don’t lie, cheat, steal or engage in or permit dishonest or unsportsmanlike conduct.

Reliability —fulfill commitments; I will do what I say I will do; be on time.

Loyalty —be loyal to my school and team; put the team above personal glory.

Effort and Teamwork — encourage teammates to pursue victory with honor, to think and play as a team, to do their best and continually improve through personal effort and discipline. Discourage selfishness and put less emphasis on the final outcome of the contest, than upon effort, improvement, teamwork, and winning with character.

Respect Parents and Officials — treat all parents with respect. — treat contest officials with respect; don’t complain about or argue with official calls or decisions during or after an athletic event.

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 I, ____________________________ agree to the above code of conduct for the 2017-2018 wrestling year. I fully understand that my behavior, effort, and attendance reflect on me, my school, and my team and will strive to keep the Rouse High School Wrestling Program viewed as a “Classy” program.

Wrestler: ______________________________________ Date: __________

Parent: ________________________________________ Date: __________

Honor the tradition