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Booster Invite to the Annual “Take Down” – 12/14 @ 11:00 AM in the WHS Cafeteria

December 7, 2013 Leave a comment

Every year, the WHS Wrestling Boosters organize an early season meeting of the wrestlers, managers, parents, and coaches. We take a team photo that will initially be posted on this site’s “virtual refrigerator” and then the booster officers and coaches will make a few remarks to welcome newcomers to the WHS Wrestling Family.

Here’s your formal invitation! Please don’t miss this event.

The Wilton High School Wrestling Boosters invite you to:

TAKE DOWN 2013-14

Saturday, December 14, 2013

immediately after practice at 11:00am
(sandwiches provided for the wrestlers)

Wilton High School Cafeteria

Shirt and Tie Required for the Team Preseason Photo

Meet the Coaches • Hear About Plans for the Season •

Order Spiritwear • Sign up to Help • Join the Boosters

Please remember to bring your checkbooks to cover booster membership dues and sign up for any new spiritwear your wrestler(s) might need. More information regarding the spiritwear choices will be available at the take down.

Finally, if you have not done so already, please subscribe to the WHS Wrestling site (see below) to receive email updates pertaining to the team.

We look forward to seeing you all there!

Also, if you haven’t done this already, please look on the right under last-year’s team photo and start following this WHS Wrestling Blog via Email. Enter your email address in the box provided. Every new post will generate an immediate e-mail alert. Plus there are many useful materials which will help you out throughout the season. Once you’ve followed the site, please send Coach Rinaldi (dvrinaldi@yahoo.com) an email with your name and email address so we can identify the person behind the sometimes cryptic email addresses. Wrestlers and parents should both register!

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Saturday 12/7 Scrimmage @ Ridgefield

December 6, 2013 Leave a comment

Tomorrow we will be departing from the WHS fieldhouse at 8:00 AM sharp. Wrestlers should be on time (early enough to be ready to leave at 8:00) with all their equipment. We should be back by noon at the latest but we will have kids call from Ridgefield to arrange rides so there is no delay in getting home.

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Nutrition – Eat Healthy and Smart

December 4, 2013 Leave a comment

Wrestling is a physically demanding sport. Competitors wrestle opponents in their weight class (varsity) and as close to their weight class and ability as possible (JV and during practice). It is important to maintain good eating and sleeping habits. Stay hydrated.

After yesterday’s initial weigh-ins the wrestlers have a general idea of where they’ll be competing. In order to compete effectively they should practice hard and be smart about what they put in their mouths.

We have several excellent reference documents posted on the reference page which you can check out.

Keeping every wrestler healthy and safe is our priority. The CIAC has a strict (and safe) weight certification and management policy which we take very seriously and follow to the letter. Please read the nutrition information – and check out the other resources while you are there.

Thank you!

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Less than 24 hours to the 1st Day of WHS Warrior Wrestling 2013-14!

December 1, 2013 Leave a comment

The countdown clock has ticked down below 24 hours, and we are fast approaching the first day of the 2013-14 WHS Warrior Wrestling Season!  

We are excited to greet the new wrestlers at 3:30 PM (keep recruiting by the way), and the returning wrestlers at 4:30 PM for meetings to go over expectations, policies, procedures, etc.  

Practice itself will run from approximately 5:30-7:00 PM on Monday, and then from 5:30-7:30 PM for the rest of December unless we tell you otherwise.  If there’s any reason you won’t be at practice, you must tell Coach Foldeak personally.  That is not your mother or father’s job.  It is yours.  We expect you to do it, and we expect you to be at practice every day.  

Use the time between the end of school and practice to meet with teachers/counselors, study, lift (more on that later), and in every way set a good example.  You represent the team and your school all the time.  We expect you to be work hard and be model citizens.  If you need help with your schoolwork, let us know.  Both coaches are teachers first, and we’ll do what we can to help you out or find out where you can get help.  Remember, if you’re not eligible, you’re not going to be wrestling. 

Following Monday’s meetings and practice, we will do our best to stick to the 5:30-7:30 PM schedule, but note that these times are “on the mat” times, so be sure to arrive early enough to change, to see the trainer for taping, etc.  and to help with set up, mopping, and bringing all necessary equipment down to the field house for practice.  Captains lead from the front, please.

After practice everyone is expected to help with rolling and storing the mats and all equipment should be returned to the team locker room and neatly stowed.  We expect you to shower quickly and get home to rest.  If everyone helps and everyone moves quickly, we should all be done and on our way home by 8:00 PM most days. 

Please review the calendar and schedule, and the pre-Thanksgiving post for any recent updates or changes.

Go 2013-14 Warriors!

 

 

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New Wrestlers – and Parents – What to wear for the 1st Practice (and where to get it if you don’t have it)

November 26, 2013 Leave a comment

For anyone new to our sport, it’s not unusual to be a little uncertain about how to prepare and what to wear during practices (and later on, during competition), particularly on the 1st day.  

Let’s begin with a reminder that wrestling is a contact sport.  You can imagine that a few dozen (keep recruiting, guys!) wrestlers exerting themselves, even in the cavernous field house at WHS, are going to get sweaty.  That means that what you wear the first day, and every day, should be clean.  That’s worth noting again.  Every day take a shower immediately after practice and wear clean clothing.  If you stink before practice, take a shower before practice too.  Do not wear sweaty or dirty clothing to practice.

For practice, the clothing should be relatively close-fitting, though you don’t need skin-tight clothing.  The school will provide singlets for competition.  For practice, avoid shorts with pockets or really loose-fitting sweats if you can.  It’s very easy to get fingers caught in loose clothing.  The field house is cool, so wear layers.  It’s easier to remove layers when you get warm than it is to warm up when you’re cold.

If you have wrestling shoes, bring them.  If not, bring an extra pair of socks.  Clean ones.  You can pick up shoes at Sports Authority, Dicks, Modell’s or other sporting goods stores.  Wilton Sports shop may have some, but call first to check.  

If this is your first time with the sport, don’t spend a fortune on shoes.  $40-$60 is reasonable, but more than that is probably too much for your first pair.  You can also get them relatively inexpensively online, but sizing varies dramatically by brand, so it’s best to try some on first before you buy.  And see if anybody has an old pair that’s still usable (and clean).  This link points to a website that sells a variety of shoes, but main reason to go there is to read what it says about how to buy. 

Bring a pair of sneakers/running shoes too.  You’ll be running as well as wrestling.  A jump-rope is another good idea.  And a water bottle.  

By the way, don’t share equipment.  Don’t share water bottles.  Remember, wrestling is a contact sport.  It’s already easy to pass germs along, don’t make it any easier.  

A pair of knee pads is another good idea.  Our mats provide some cushioning, but the floor in the field house is cold and hard.  If you bang your knees too much, they get tender, and wearing kneepads after they’re tender won’t help as much as trying to prevent tenderness in the first place.

If you wear braces, get a mouth-guard.  You’ll need one for each row you have braces on for any competition anyway, so it’s a good idea to get used to wearing them now.

Clean towels (every day) and soap and shampoo — or a combination body wash/shampoo are also essentials.  We will do a periodic inspection of the team room.  If it’s gross, you won’t enjoy the consequences.

Finally, get a lock and a gym bag for your stuff.  The lock is for your own protection.  We haven’t heard of many issues this year, but securing your valuables is smart.  Be smart.  

The boosters will likely be arranging a “spirit-wear” package, so you might want to wait for that before you buy expensive sweats or other clothing.  More on that later. 

Finally — if you haven’t taken care of all the fees you must pay and the forms you need to participate, make sure you do that.  Ms. Prescott and the coaches will be checking.  If you haven’t paid or filled out the forms, you can’t participate.  Here is a link to the emergency treatment card form.  This is a link to the health assessment (physical) form.  Review the athletic manual here.

 

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Less than a week to wrestling, plus another calendar update

November 26, 2013 Leave a comment

We hope everyone has a great Thanksgiving! Stay healthy, enjoy your families and friends. Travel safely where ever you go, and return the same way.

The calendar page has been updated again, after some input from our new AD and some conversations with the other winter coaches. There are some changes, mainly to practice times, but also some competition dates and times have been moved to minimize conflicts with other events at the fieldhouse. We’re going to do our best to make the new schedule work.

Click here for a printable copy of the calendar, and review it carefully. Please note that the new practice schedule has us practicing late in December and February, and early in January. That should eliminate many conflicts we’ve had in the past with the other teams’ practice schedules, but it may create some new ones. We will work those out as they come up. The main thing for wrestlers is to communicate with their coaches and parents about any conflicts they see.

On Monday, December 2, 2013, our first day of practice, we’d like to have all new wrestlers report at 3:30. Returning wrestlers should come by 4:30. We’ll need to do some organizational stuff before holding our first practice at 5:30. We plan on wrapping up practice by 7:00, instead of 7:30 that first day.

See the calendar for details. We look forward to seeing you all next Monday!

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Thank you!

November 15, 2013 Leave a comment

Huge thank you to the booster moms and dads who helped with tonight’s concession. Many more thanks to the wrestlers who chipped in as well. We are all looking forward to the season!

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