mama2boty wrote:The "new" wrestling parents need to realize that wrestling is not basketball - you can't show up for 1 hour, sit in the bleachers, and watch your kid play a sport that only requires two refs and two coaches. It takes a lot more parent committment and participation than that. If you, as a parent, aren't willing to do that then have your kid play basketball.
Parents and coaches need to be responsible for checking the online entries on Friday morning as soon as they go live on the website to make sure their wrestlers are entered correctly. If they are not, the time to request changes to the host tournament is Friday mid-day (or a time designated by the host tournament). Friday night at weigh ins and Saturday morning are NOT the time to ask for changes to be made -- brackets are already being made, bout sheets printed, etc, etc. Frisco's are up right now -- go check them out and contact your coach so they can contact the host tournament with errors.
Also, wrestlers need to know which Division / R/N or Open / Weight they are enter as when they show up for weigh ins. I can tell you that the majority of wrestlers that weighed in at Allen didn't know this information so we had to search for it -- ask them how old they are, how much they weigh, etc. Granted, now we know that we should have had an alphabetical list of wrestlers instead of breaking it out by Division, etc. This year is going to be a learning curve with the new mandatory weigh ins for every tournament. However, we are three tournaments into the season and I am hopefull that the steps Frisco is taking will lead to an easier time tonight and tomorrow morning. I think every tournament will get better in this area -- just need clubs to communicate with each other what did or did not work at their weigh ins. Frisco, have an alphabetical list of entries to make the searching go faster. And parents / wrestlers, know what your child is entered for -- and let your coach know Friday during the day if you see an error online.
I checked and there are 38 teams listed online for the North Region. Out of that 7-8 have stepped up to host a tournament (not counting who will do regionals and other things that aren't listed yet). So, that leaves about 30 teams. I think it should be mandatory for these teams to work a table at every tournament in their region! If you are a small team join up with another small team and take a a table - both morning and afternoon session. If we only have 10 to 12 mats to run then you wouldn't even have to work every tournament or only assign them a morning or afternoon table instead of all day. Then the host team can use their people they would normally assign to work the tables to do other jobs - weigh ins, entry door, coaches hospitality, bracket sales, awards table, table worker relief, etc. etc. Also, I think if you host a tournament it should exempt you from having to work a table at the other tournaments in your area. So, Storm, Allen, Frisco, Titans, Wylie, etc. wouldn't have to work tables at their own tournament or other North Region Tournaments -- the other 30 teams that haven't/can't make the committment to run a tournament would be required to run the tables. Even if we made this a requirement I am sure you would still see the tournament host teams stepping up during other tournaments to help out.
I see the same people tournament after tournament working the tables, etc. and the same people tournament after tournament sitting on their butts in the stands watching. "New" and "Old" wresting parents that don't volunteer need to figure out that this sport requires a lot of parent involvement and committment. The coaches work hard all day long to coach their teams -- the parents need to start stepping up -- or have your kid play a different sport next year. If you can complain about things not starting on time, etc. then you can volunteer and try to help!
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