WHAT TO BRING:
-USA wrestling card (paper copy, or picture of card on your
-Wrestling shoes (wear street shoes/sandals outside, change to wrestling shoes inside or wear cleat skins)
-Singlet (wear under warm up clothes to the tournament)
***Folkstyle you can wear any singlet
***Freestyle/Greco you must have 1-red and 1-blue singlet (60% or more predominant color)
-Hooded sweatshirt (wear while warming up with club and before each match)
-Water/Sports Drink and food (sometimes concessions stands available)
-If bringing a phone to record matches or use track wrestling, may want to bring a charger or battery pack!
-Headgear/mouthpiece optional (required at certain big tournaments)
-blanket to save seats and use for sitting
There are different divisions for your age category. This is based on your birthday. Divisions are: Peewees, Bantams, Intermediates, Novice, Schoolboy, Cadet, Junior, and Senior. Check out your division here: http://content.themat.com/forms/Weights.pdf
Your child will wrestle in the weight bracket that is
rounded up from their weight. For example, weight brackets of 95lb or 100lbs,
your child will wrestle in the 100lb weight bracket if he/she weighs 95.1lbs –
100lbs. Check out weight brackets based on your age division here http://content.themat.com/forms/Weights.pdf
*You have the option of wrestling up a weight class in most tournaments, but you cannot wrestle down.
*You have the option of wrestling in two weight brackets, but it must be your current weight bracket and the weight bracket above. Some wrestlers do this if they have few people in their brackets. You will have to pay for both weight brackets if you choose to do this.
Most registration times are from 7am – 8am at the gym area of the hosting school. Get there as close to 7am as possible (especially if you are close on making weight!). It is a good idea to pre-register for all the tournaments posted on the Chain wrestling schedule ahead of time. It is free for most regular season tournaments, and it saves you $5. Most tournaments are $20 if you pre-register.
Registration pre-registered - you will walk into the registration area into the line with the letter of your last name. You must have your USA wrestling card present, and you will pay here. Once you’ve paid, they will give you a weigh-in card, take this card and your USA wrestling card and proceed to weigh-ins.
Registration NOT pre-registered - If you are NOT pre-registered, you will have to sign up in the walk-ins line (there is only one line for this). You must have your USA wrestling card present. You will pay an extra $5. Once you’ve paid, they will give you a weigh-in card, take this card and your USA wrestling card and proceed to weigh-ins.
After registration, you will proceed to the weigh-ins area. There is usually a sign that will direct you. You will need your nails trimmed, skin free of infections, and in a singlet only (no socks, shorts, etc). A girl may have on a sports bra/shirt under her singlet. You must present you USA wrestling card, and the card given to you at registration. If you are un-sure of your weight, USE THE CHECK SCALE FIRST! Once you weigh-in and they write the number on your arm, you CANNOT re-way in. Once you are finished weighing-in, eat breakfast and be back in the gym 40 minutes before start time which is usually 10am for regular tournaments. If you are going out to breakfast, find out where the team is sitting in the gym, and save a seat with a blanket first! The gym gets crowded fast!
Have on your wrestling shoes and be on the mat 30 minutes before the start of the tournament. Find your teammates, stretch and practice drilling. Coaches encourage you to wear a hooded sweatshirt to keep your muscles warm.
Once the announcement is made to clear the mats, brackets will be posted outside the gym area on paper. You can also follow the brackets/bout number on the track wrestling mobile web site. Please see the tab titled ‘Track Wrestling’ for information how to use this. Please also see the ‘Brackets’ tab on how brackets work.
On your child’s bracket, you will look at the bout number posted next to your child’s name and their opponents. This is the bout number they will wrestle. You can track your bout number by looking at the big screens placed in or outside of the gym, or you can follow on track wrestling (see ‘track wrestling’ tab). Once the bout number is posted on the big screen or track wrestling, it will give you the mat number. It is your responsibility to get your child to the mat and find a coach.
Only your child can go the mat. Parents are not allowed to go to mat area unless they have a USA wrestling coaches card (can be purchased at https://www.usawmembership.com/). Any parent can get this card, however once on the mat you are representing chain wrestling and you must be respectful to your child, referees, and opponent at all times. If there is not a coach present, you can ask the mat to call for a coach, but before your child goes to the mat, it is better if they find a coach and let them know what mat they are on. We ask that you do not coach another child unless a coach has given you permission to do so.
MEDALS: Most tournaments medal to 3rd place. If your child did not place, you are free to leave. If you did place, you will need to wait for the announcers to call your weight/age bracket up to receive your medals. It is encouraged to wait until the end of the tournament to cheer on your teammates.