Remember to bring:
- Wrestling shoes
- Singlet - if you don't have a singlet, bring a t-shirt and shorts (without pockets, zippers, or snaps)
- Water bottle & snack
- Video camera if you want to tape your child's matches
- For national & state tournaments; it is a good idea to carry a copy of your child's birth certificate for proof of age. You may also want to carry a current school report card for proof of grade.
RegistrationYou can register at the door for most weekend tournaments; the exception would be state tournaments where you must qualify to enter. The cost is typically $10 per wrestler. You may also have to pay admission for non-wrestlers; this is typically $1-$5. You will probably fill out a slip of paper with your child's name, age or grade, club name (use "Simley"), and possibly year's of experience (you will take this with you to weigh-ins. Most tournaments also will have concessions available. It is a good idea to arrive at least 30 minutes prior to the end of weigh-ins.
Weigh-insAfter registering, you will need to take your child to the weigh-in area (usually well marked with signs) where they will be weighed, have their skin checked for any conditions (impetigo, ringworm, etc.), they will also make sure their fingernails have been trimmed. To save some time, you may want to trim your child's fingernails the night before. A fingernail clipper in your wrestling bag can come in very handy.
BracketsAfter all wrestlers are weighed-in, the tournament organizers will take an hour or so to create brackets. Most open tournaments match kids up by grade (or age) and weight; many tournaments use 4-man brackets. In a round robin format, your child will wrestle each of the other kids in their bracket (3 matches' total).
Warm-up & DrillingAs soon as your child has been weighed-in, they will be able to go to the gym and warm-up on the wrestling mats. Look for other Simley teammates to warm-up and drill with.
StagingPrior to the start of wrestling, wrestlers will be asked to clear the mats. At this time they will begin calling the younger kids to the staging area; they usually start at kindergarten (or pre-K) and work up. When your child's age group is called, they should go to the designated staging area where they will be grouped with the other kids in their bracket. As a group, they will be lead out to the mat they will be wrestling on.
WrestlingIt is the wrestlers/parents responsibility to find a coach for each match. Please remember - we many have 20 or more kids at a tournament with multiple Simley kids wrestling at the same time, so a coach may not be available for each match. A coach may also show up after a match has started. Please be patient. Also, please remember to sit or kneel when you are mat-side, so those in the bleachers can see. There are usually 1 or 2 other brackets on the same mat, this will allow time to rest between matches.
AwardsAfter your child has wrestled all of their matches, they will be lead as a group to the awards table. Most open tournaments are "all-trophy" tournaments so your child will get a 1st, 2nd, 3rd, or 4th place trophy. You are free to leave, or you can stay to cheer on your Simley teammates.