Wrestling is a tough and demanding sport. It is the coaches’ beliefs that any young man 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/women to be respected both on and off of the mat. With participation and support from parents, coaching staff, and athletes, Greeley West 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 are capable. It is imperative that coaches are let known of any conflicts studentsmay have with practice or competition 24 hours in advance.
Wrestling is an individual and team sport. Our success is dependent upon those who attend practice and matches on a regular basis. When wrestlers fail to attend practices and matches, the end result is a weaker team. We are asking for a commitment from the wrestlers. If a wrestlershas more than 3 unexcused absences he/she will be dropped from the team roster (Every two unexcused tardy will be counted as an absence.) I understand that there are emergenciesand 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.
Use of alcohol, cigarettes/e-cigs, and/or drugs while on the team will not be permitted and will be reported to the appropriate officials immediately if determined. We suggest that all athletes are careful to adhere to this rule because they will eventually be caught and reported if not.
Any instance of violence or insults (including verbal and/or social media) directed towards another teammate, classmate, and coach or use of illegal drugs, performance enhancing drugs, alcohol or tobacco products will result in disciplinary action. Discipline will be at the discretion of the coaching staff and athletics administration and will adhere to existing district policy (if one so exists).
Practice and Tutoring:
Wrestlers must attend 5 practices before they are allowed to participate in a sanctioned event. GWHS stands firmly that all athletes at Greeley West are Student athletes. That means that grades come first. It may sound contradictory, but missing practice because of grades is unacceptable. If a student has an F in two classes they are deemed ineligible for that week,an ineligible athlete does not benefit the team on competition days. If a wrestlers is ineligible over 3 times over the course of the season, they will be dropped from the team roster. Most teachers arrive at GWHS before 7:15am and are allow students to meet with them. GWHS also has homeroom time on Thursdays for students to meet with the teachers that they are struggling with. I want to emphasize that this time is meant for students to get one on one help/support. It is NOT a socialization time. Any student needing to make-up work after school will be expected to notify one of the coaches and is expected to arrive to practice no later than 4:40pm. This allows one hour of support. I can also help to coordinate any help that is needed.
If a wrestler needs to stay after school for tutoring/support he/she must have a pass from their teacher/tutoring coordinator to return to practice. This should be done only if it can’t be done before school.
Practice does not start until 4:00. This also gives wrestlers a half-an-hour to meet with their teachers before practice.
Wrestlers need to budget their time accordingly.
All wrestlers are expected to be on the mat and ready to wrestle a minimum of 5 minutes prior to practice starting.
Wrestlers are showcasing Greeley West High School and are expected to not only adhere to GWHS Dress Code Requirements, but also Greeley West Wrestling expectations. At a minimum for home duals wrestlers will be expected to wear nice jeans and a collared shirt. For traveling wrestlers will be expected to leave in their tops and sweats. We leave as a team, enter the visiting facility as a team, and build success as a team. The Team will determine weekly on what duals will require additional dress (Shirt and Tie). Again many of our tournaments require an early departure time, but wrestlers will be expected to be in their warm-up and jacket.
We want to be successful and have a winning program, this will happen through teaching proper technique, mental preparedness, good work ethic and integrity.
We expect a certain level of commitment from each wrestler. Without that commitment, he/she cannot succeed. We would like your help to insist and encourage your son or daughter to make and follow through on that commitment. This includes being timely for practice and competition, conducting themselves appropriately, meeting any deadlines and being attentive to coaching. These ideals not only make them better wrestlers but better men suited to succeed in the future, which is the purpose of this sport.
As a coaching staff, we wish to be attentive to any concerns or issues that parents may have. We would prefer that these are not addressed on the day of competitions,because it can serve as a distraction from what matters most, the wrestlers. Coaches will make themselves available for a meeting at the earliest convenience to address and hopefully resolve any concerns or issues. We want to help.
We wish for our parents, wrestlers and coaches to conduct themselves in a way that shows the utmost integrity of our program. Please be respectful of the coaches and their responsibility to coach our student-athletes. We appreciate your willingness to coach your wrestler up after their match, please allow us the opportunity to communicate with them undeterred during their match. We hope to create a cohesive wrestling family that is able to communicate without becoming contentious.
Support your child (and support the team) by attending as many competitions as possible.
There is a direct correlation between parental attendance and athlete success.
Please volunteer to help support the program when possible. Your support not only helps your child but also benefits the program for future wrestlers.
Our fundamental rules for positioning are as followed
Pressure you opponent
Extension is a loss of power
Pressure the point of attack
Score as many points as possible
Before wrestle-offs begin, coaches will release a depth chart. -Wrestlers will be ranked: A, B, C…
Ex.) Three Wrestlers: Tommy, Billy, and John are ranked as followed on depth chart:
Week 1: (Weekly wrestle offs will consist of B verses C and winner verses A)
Billy beats John in wrestle-off. Billy then wrestles Tommy for the varsity spot. Tommy beats Billy. Varsity line-up is set for week 1. John can now move up the depth chart/earn a wrestle-off by working hard in the room, showing coaches that he can beat or contend with Billy during live wrestling.
Week 2-3: (Wrestle-off will continue from the top down)
Tommy beats Billy again in week 2, but during week 3 John moves from C to B in depth chart and earns a challenge match against Tommy for the A spot but not until week 3. Tommy is varsity for week 2 and will challenge John for week 3. Depth chart is as followed:
Depth chart for week 1 will be determined by a single wrestle off.
Depth chart for weeks 3-the end of the season will be determined by the best outof three scenario:
Ex: Week 4 of Season
Previous week Tommy had beaten John. Tommy already has 1-0 record in best of three wrestle-off. Therefore John will have to beat Tommy twice during that week to secure the A spot on the depth chart.
Thereafter, you must work your way up the ladder by defeating the varsity wrestler two times in a row.
A wrestler must challenge at their lowest weight first, but may request a challenge up during the same week.
Any Varsity wrestler who wins a tournament that week or goes undefeated in a dual tournament that week before cannot be challenged for the next week.
After Jan. 13th if a varsity wrestler has won his position for two weeks in a row he cannot be challenged for the rest of the year.
Any Wrestler, varsity or otherwise, may be lowered in rank because of poor workethic, poor attitude or behavior, or unacceptable school work at any time by the coaching staff.
If a wrestler is lower in rank by the coaching staff, he must then wrestle his way back on the team according to the ranking system above.
If a wrestlers misses weight he will be dropped a rank for the following week and will have to work his way back up the rankings
For any situation not listed above, the ranking will be at the discretion of the coach.
Finally, wrestlers must be within 5lbs. of the weight they wish to wrestle to wrestle off for that weight.
In order for a Wrestler to letter, he must acquire 85 points throughout the season or wrestle in the regional tournament. Points are acquired as followed:
Example of Varsity and Junior Varsity Meeting Letter Requirements
Make Every Practice-
Junior Varsity Wrestler:
No Unexcused Practices-
JV Tournaments that count as Varsity Points:
-Lakewood JV Tourney
-If a Junior Varsity Wrestler places in the top6 at the JV State, they automatically letter. Making weight: Each Wrestler is responsible for getting his weight down. We will ask that your weight be within one pound for every day until the next match. If we have a match on Thursday, you should come in on Monday no more than 4 pounds over, no more. If you fail to make weight for a match you automatically move down a spot on the ranking board and you must work your way back up. If you are the only one in your weight class you have tocome in on Mondays within three pounds of your weight class or move up We do not promote weight loss, but weight management. If a wrestler misses weight twice at aspecific weight class, they will then move up to the next weight class for the remainder of the season to assist them with their weight management. Wrestling is like no other sport, and the discipline that itrequires for making weight can be quite demanding for a high school athlete. The GWHS Coaching Staff believes that this discipline and dedication (selecting nutritional meals, fighting temptation, and continuous hard work) is what helps mold and prepare these young men for life. If wrestlers or parents have any questions about a proper diet for a wrestler, the coaches have been properly trained and will be around to offer any assistance. I can sympathize with wrestlers and their weight loss, I did it too. I spent two years of my high school career cutting weight the wrong way and two year managing my weight. However, you and only you are in control of the situation. Start maintaining your weight early in the season, get your weight down, and keep it down. That’s the best way.
Every student wants to enjoy their break. However, summer practice is essential if we want to have a successful season. While summer practice is not required it is highly recommended and encouraged. Please plan any vacations accordingly. As more and more wrestlers compete year-round it is important that we allow ourselves to have continuous improvement.
Family Camp Credit/Fundraising:
Fundraising is integral to the success of GWHS’s wrestling program. The funds go toward:
-Helping wrestlers go to camps in the summer -New uniforms/singlets
-Equipment -Wrestling Mats
-Food/items needed for tournament travel -Expenses incurred for competitions
-And many, many other things that this program drastically needs
We coaches believe that if we are willing to discipline poor behavior we should be just as accountable in acknowledging good behavior. Therefore, our program will do its best to financially support any wrestler who is vigilant in fundraising to attend any GWHS Wrestling promoted camps. GWHS will not offer financial support for any camps that are not on our camp schedule. Below is a tentative breakdown ofthe ways that a wrestler can earn camp credit. The coaching staff has carefully picked out thosecamps that mesh with our system and lead to the betterment of our program. Undoubtedly we will have wrestlers that wish to challenge themselves further and the coaching staff will provide them dates and forms for other opportunities and camps for them to attend. Funding for this doesn’t happen without your support “Family Support”. Fundraising opportunities and camps that are planned for the 2018-2019 school year are as follows:
-GWHS JV/Greeley Metro Tournaments (need wrestler/parental help)
-GWHS Dual Camp
May 31-June 1
Spur Club/ISLAND Grove
The coaches will do our best to financially support the program and its wrestlers