Below are some frequently asked questions:
Q: Can I help my wrestler during practices?
A: Yes! We encourage parents to get out there and help their child learn the moves and how points are scored.
Q: Can I drop my child at practice and go run an errand?
A: Yes, but, please let a board member or coach know and how to reach you in case of an emergency. Make sure to arrive back by the end of practice.
Q: Can I bring my other children to practice to watch my wrestler?
A: Yes. We ask that you have them sit along the wall and be quiet. Please keep them from running around the wrestling room or mat. We need to keep distractions for our wrestlers and coaches at a minimum.
IMPORTANT: Children are NOT allowed at any time to play in the hallways, or common areas of the school. If the janitorial staff (or other staff members) notice children playing in the hallways, the school will be notified, and we may lose our privilege of using the wrestling room. Children should be escorted to restrooms by an adult.
Q: How are practices run / structured?
A: Wrestlers will get weighed in the first night of practice and then be paired with other wrestlers in his/her weight bracket and age group when possible (partners will be switched intermittently throughout practice).
It is up to the discretion of each individual family to decide what tournaments you want to participate in. Rum River Wrestling will distribute or post a calendar each month that will list tournaments that Rum River is planning on attending as a club. We will indicate which tournaments coaches will be attending and how many coaches will be available at each tournament. You can attend those tournaments, or find a different one to attend on your own. However, we hope you choose to wrestle with the club when you are able to!
Q: How much do tournaments cost?
A: Tournament registration fees are usually $12 - $15 per wrestler. Admission fees for spectators (anyone besides the wrestler) are $2 - $6 per person. Students are usually less and kids under 5 are usually free.
Q: What can we expect at a tournament?
A: Tournaments can and will be chaotic. When you get there, you will pay your registration and admission fees. Then, fill out a registration form and head to skin checks and weigh-ins.
Most tournaments have vendors that sell food and wrestling clothing. Each tournament is different.
You are welcome to bring in food and coolers for long days. It’s a good idea to make sure you have snacks and drinks for your wrestler. A lot of times, the kids will wait to eat until after they weigh in. You and your wrestler can make that decision (just be consistent).
Q: Where do we sit at tournaments?
A: You can sit anywhere you would like, but Rum River tries to sit together. Look for our coaches, people in Rum River clothing, or other familiar faces to sit with.
Q: How long do tournaments last?
A: Weigh-ins start the tournament, but you are usually there a good hour after weigh-ins before wrestling starts. Once the tournament starts it can be 2 to 5 hours depending on the turnout. Tournaments usually start with the youngest and work up in age, sometimes they will start with the youngest and oldest and then work in. You are welcome to leave once your wrestler is done, or you can stay and cheer other team members on. Coaches will stay until every Rum River wrestler is done wrestling.
Q: What tournaments would you recommend for new wrestlers?
A: Any of the tournaments will welcome your wrestler; however, an open tournament or a Jaycees qualifier tournament would probably be the most beneficial for your new wrestler. If they are up for the competition though, they should and can wrestle all tournaments!!!
Q: What is a MN USA tournament?
A: MN USA tournaments are qualifiers for the state tournament in March, located in Rochester. To qualify for state you must earn 25 points (PeeWee, Bantam, Intermediate, and Novice divisions only). Points earned for each qualifier, tracked and added up at the end of the season by MN USA. As long as your wrestler has earned at minimum 25 points throughout the season, they qualify.
At each qualifier points will be awarded according to your placement.
Q: What is an open tournament?
A: Open tournaments operate very similar to MN USA tournaments. One big difference is, at open tournaments, wrestlers are bracketed by grade, then weight. Open tournament are typically 60 second periods. Open tournaments are a great starting point for new wrestlers.
NOTE: The Cambridge Open Tournament is a straight bracket tournament for K-2nd/3rd grade.
What does this mean? Most open tournaments operate in a round robin format, with four wrestlers, however, the CI Wrestling Boosters run the Cambridge Open differently so that the tournament moves faster due to it being very busy. A straight man bracket means that if your wrestler loses their first match, the best place they will get is 3rd place. Wrestlers get 2 matches, not 3.
Q: What is a Jaycees qualifier?
A: A Jaycees qualifier operates like an open tournament (wrestlers are bracketed by grade, then weight). If you take first or second place at ONE Jaycees tournament, you qualify for the Jaycees state tournament at the end of March. Rum River has decided to attend the Jaycees state tournament in Albany.
Q: When I fill out a registration form at a tournament, what should I put down for school or city/town on the form?
A: Please put RUM RIVER WRESTLING, not your school, city or town. Putting Rum River down makes it less likely for our wrestlers to be put in the same bracket. Tournaments will try to separate wrestlers in the same club, but it’s not always possible.
Q: Can I coach my own kid?
A: Yes, if you are comfortable enough, feel free. If you don’t want a Rum River coach that shows up mat side to coach, politely let them know that you are comfortable coaching your own child.
Q: How do I find a coach when my child is wrestling?
A: If your child is up on a mat and ready to wrestle, but a coach hasn’t showed up, you can tell the official or table worker to page a Rum River coach to your mat. You can also ask another parent or board member find one. Your child does NOT have to start wrestling without a coach. MN USA tournaments have to wait for a coach to arrive.
Coaches and board members do their best to watch for our kids at tournaments and when it’s time for them to wrestle. Sitting together at the tournaments, or checking in with a coach or board member is a great way to let us all know you are here. It makes it easier for us to keep track of everyone.
Uniforms and Clothing
Q: What equipment does my child need to wrestle?
A: The standard equipment is a singlet, wrestling shoes, headgear and mouth guard (if you have braces).