Recreation Wrestling Rules of Conduct
Wrestling is a very demanding sport
from both a physical and mental point of view. As in many other
sports, excellent physical conditioning is required. However,
unlike other sports, wrestling requires the athlete to contend
one-on-one with his opponent for several minutes at a time. There
is no break in the action, no completion of the play and no one to
pass the ball to. A wrestler must be totally focused on his task
for the entire length of his match. In many respects, wrestling is
similar to a martial art, requiring long periods of instruction and
drill to perfect key moves so that these moves become second nature
to the athlete.
These aspects of wrestling highlight
two key principles in the sport: Focus and
Discipline. The coaching staff has put together the
following rules to emphasize the need for discipline, both in
practice and in matches.
Horse Play (tripping,
tackling, pushing, ball playing, etc) and profanity are
prohibited at all times.
Attending practices are important and attendance will be
taken. If practices are missed, coaches will have the right to
replace the wrestler or forfeit the match.
Any behavior unfit at practice or matches will be dealt with by
the coaches, this includes behavior during a match which a
referee may penalize the team or the individual for
un-sportsmanship. Each wrestler will be held accountable for
his own behavior. All wrestlers will be disciplined equally,
without regard to their wrestling ability.
Parents and wrestlers are expected to act and behave
responsibly. No parent is to challenge referee or coach.
Please respect all children and adults, at all times.
General Hygiene: We are asking and
encouraging all participants to wash their hands prior to the
start of practice, after using the restroom facilities during
practice or match and after practice or match has ended.
Equipment Hygiene: We are asking all
participants to make sure that their equipment is cleaned on a
daily basis. This means wiping down the participant’s headgear
with an appropriate cleaning agent, laundering wrestling
practice clothes (i.e.: shorts, t-shirts, undergarments, etc.)
after each practice, laundering uniforms after each match (i.e.:
singlet’s and warm-ups jackets) and laundering any knee pads,
elbow pads or other pads at least once per week.
Personal Hygiene: We are asking each
participant and parent to make sure that your child showers
immediately when they get home after each practice or match.
Rashes/Open wounds: We are asking each
participant and/or parent to notify the appropriate coach if
there child has any skin rashes or lesions and any cuts or open
wounds prior to practice or match. If any child has an open
wound, cut or abrasion it needs to have the appropriate
covering/dressing applied prior to practice. Any skin rashes or
lesions will require a doctor’s note prior to child’s return to
wrestling team. This rule will be strictly enforced.
Other: The recreation department reserves
the right to update or change this list upon the recommendations
of the Board of Education and Township.
The Recreation Department will be purchasing
the proper cleaning and disinfecting products. The Board of
Education will ensure proper cleaning of mats and facilities.
BE ON TIME. It is imperative that wrestlers
arrive a few minutes early to put on their wrestling shoes so
that practices can begin on-time. Practices will normally be
held on weekday evenings at Bridgewater-Raritan Middle School
(BRMS). Saturday practices will be held during the wrestling
season when one or both teams do not have a meet or tournament.
FOCUS. Talking is not permitted during
technique demonstrations or drilling. It is important for the
coaches to have the wrestlers' attention at these times so that
they can teach properly and correct mistakes. Leaving or
venturing outside the practice room, roaming the school halls,
and climbing the rock wall are strictly forbidden.
SELF DISCIPLINE. Wrestlers are expected to
attend all practices in their entirety. If a wrestler needs to
miss practice for any reason, he should notify one of the
coaches. If a wrestler needs to miss practice on a regular
basis this needs to be worked out with the coaches in advance.
Honest communication with the coaching staff will alleviate many
misunderstandings during the season.
SAFETY. Wrestling shoes and head gear is
required. Wrestling shoes are mandatory for practice and
matches. This is for both sanitary and safety reasons. Also, a
headgear is required for drilling and live wrestling. If there
is a problem, please see the coach.
TEAM WORK. All team members attending practice
must assist in rolling up the wrestling mats at the conclusion
RESPECT ALL. Disruptive infractions will
result in the wrestler being removed from practice to a
supervised area. Continued disruption or other serious
misbehavior will result in the wrestler being removed from
practice immediately and having his parents contacted to come
pick him up. There may be additional penalties associated with
serious infractions, such as conditions for returning to the
team or being removed from the line-up for one or more matches.
Parents or Guardians of wrestlers are responsible for
dropping off and picking up their children promptly.
Parents or guardians are to be waiting for their children at the
conclusion of the program outside of the wrestling room.
Parents are not allowed in the wrestling room during
practice Please wait for your children outside of the
No one is allowed to leave the matches until
everyone has wrestled. It is important that “We Start as a
Team and We Finish as a Team”.
START AS A TEAM: BE ON TIME! Before weigh-ins
wrestlers should arrive at the school 1 hour before the
scheduled start time of the match for home matches and 30
minutes for away matches. After setting up the wrestling area
and once the visiting team(s) arrives, wrestlers will
weigh-in. After weigh-ins the wrestlers will stay in a
supervised area designated by the coaches. Wrestlers who wish
to eat after weigh-ins should bring their food with them; there
is no snack stand at home meets.
DRESS IN UNIFORM. Each wrestler must arrive
dressed in uniform. The uniform for matches and tournaments is
Team Warm-up Shirts and Black Shorts/Pants, team
singlet, wrestling shoes and headgear. Wrestlers will
perform their pre-match warm-up exercises together in their
uniforms (including warm-up shirts and shorts/pants). Also,
while the wrestlers are seated during the match, they will be in
full uniform. After the wrestler wrestles, he will return to
the team area and recloth himself with his warm-up shirt and
RESPECT ALL. At matches, the wrestlers and
parents not only represent themselves, but also represent their
team and their town. Therefore, infractions during a match will
be considered serious. The coaches will not hesitate to remove
a wrestler from the line up for one or more matches if he is
showing willful disrespect for the established rules and for his
team. If a wrestler is removed from the line-up for that match,
he will immediately be released to the supervision of his
TEAM SUPPORT. No one is allowed to leave the Team
Bench. During the match, wrestlers will remain seated
with the team to support your team mates. After the wrestler’s
match, with coach’s permission, wrestlers may go and spend 5 to
10 minutes visiting or sitting with parents or other
spectators. Food is not allowed in the team area. However,
wrestlers are encouraged to bring a drink to the wrestling area
so that they can replenish their liquids after they wrestle.
FINISH AS A TEAM. No child is allowed to leave
until the end of match without the coach’s permission. After
completion of the last match and shaking hands with the opposing
team and a brief team meeting, all wrestlers will assist in
rolling up the mats and returning chairs to the chair rack.
Once completed, the wrestlers will be dismissed. At that time,
the wrestlers will no longer be under the supervision of the
5. PARENTS: Be Role Models for
Life: What you can do to make wrestling more
enjoyable for the children.
Be knowledgeable of wrestling.
Encourage good sportsmanship at home.
Be supportive of your children’s attendance to practice and to
be on time.
Be POSITIVE or be QUIET at Wrestling events –
wrestlers, siblings, and parents can hear you.
Be Respectful and expect your own children to be respectful.
Be calm and have good manners.
Support the coach’s and referee’s decisions. Even referees make
mistakes – don’t make it worse!
Trust our Coaches - Do not Coach your children from the side of
the mat. Giving instruction during events will cause confusion
to the wrestler and not allow them to gain trust in their
coaches or learn how to listen to instruction.
1. Permission to Participate
I, the parent/guardian of the participant below named, hereby
acknowledge that my child is in good general health and I give my
approval for my child to participate in any and all Bridgewater
Recreation Wrestling Program activities.
2. Intent to Inform
I acknowledge that I am fully aware of the potential dangers of
participation in any sport and I fully understand that participation
in wrestling may result in serious injuries, paralysis, permanent
disability and/or death. Furthermore, I fully acknowledge and
understand that protective equipment does not prevent all
3. Emergency Medical Authorization
I hereby grant my permission for any and all emergency
medical/dental treatment and/or first aid to be administered to my
child/participant, including authorizing any medical treatment
facility/hospital to administer emergency treatment, for any
illness/injury/accident resulting from participation in any and all
Recreation Wrestling activities.
4. Equipment Responsibility
I agree to assume full responsibility for any and all
equipment/uniforms loaned to my child/participant and I agree to
promptly return, upon request, the uniform and other equipment
issued in as good condition as when received except for normal wear
and tear. If I fail to adhere to this policy, I will be responsible
for the replacement cost of such equipment.
5. Adult Code of Conduct
In order to uphold the goals of Bridgewater Recreation Wrestling and
ensure that all participants have the benefit of a safe and fun
learning environment, all parents, guardians and other adults and
attendees of events, including but not limited to practices,
competitions and banquets, must behave accordingly in a respectful,
courteous and sportsmanlike manner at all times.