All Howell wrestlers are part of Team
Hurricane, including the high school and middle school teams.
Team Hurricane Schedule - http://www.mmwawrestling.com/
ADMISSION & REGISTRATION:
Past the door, you must locate the wrestler registration and weigh-in areas. Most tournaments will have signs directing you.
Novice (beginner) slips should have NOVICE written on them, and will probably be a different color from the regular slips.
AFTER WEIGH-INS / FOOD:
If at any time before or during the tournament you hear over the PA that a Hurricane Coach or Representative is to report to Pairing, please take it upon yourself to go to Pairing. (Don’t assume that someone else will be going.) Find out what the problem is. Usually it is that they don’t have a birth certificate of someone on the team, if that is the case you will need the PA person to call for that wrestlers parent to go to pairing. When they call a coaches meeting, you are the coach, you are to attend the meetings. There will be an announcement that all clubs are to go to pairing to pay. Charlene will pick a parent to take the money to pairing for each meet.
BEGINNING THE TOURNAMENT:
MATCH CONDUCT & INFORMATION:
Below is the length of matches:
8 & under and 9-10 will have a special 15 second rest in between periods, at that time the wrestler is to go to the coach (parent),
At the end of the match you are to step back on the white line shake your opponents hand and the referee will raise the winners hand. You are then to proceed to your opponent’s coaches and shake their hands. Coaches sometimes shake each other’s hands but it is not mandatory. Once your child has wrestled, the winner of the bout will be given the bout slip. Normally the parent/coach and the referee will sign the bout slip. Whoever signs the slip should always check to see that the correct winner is marked, as well as the score. This slip must be turned in at the location indicated. It is important that all bout slips be turned in immediate after the match has ended. The bout slip then goes to the pairing area where the results are recorded. The results of the match are then updated on the wall charts. You should become familiar with the charts and the scoring procedure. If you need help please see Charlene or one of the coaches. If you believe a chart has been marked incorrectly you need to go to pairing as quickly as possible. Remember, the pairing staff is doing the best they can with as little help as they have. Be patient. Normally, once a wrestler has lost two bouts (matches) he/she is eliminated from the tournament. There are exceptions so do not leave the tournament until you see your wrestlers name crossed (X) out. Occasionally, two wrestlers may be eliminated in the same round that have not already wrestled and they will have to wrestle off for placement. So, it is best to check with a coach or other qualified club members until you become familiar with the rules. Each year wrestlers leave the meet thinking that they are finished when in fact they are not, so they don’t receive a medal.
TOURNAMENT COMPLETION / AWARDS:
1. A “Novice” wrestler is a wrestler who has not received any 1st place or two (2) second place medals in a regular tournament, with three (3) or more wrestlers on his/her chart.
Energy: Turn It on When You Need It (By Steve Fraser) April 18, 2006
Energy in competition is very important. Low energy means poor performance. Low energy can result from over-training, lack of rest, or eating poorly among other things. It is also common for athletes to have low energy when they are not challenged. Maybe they thought their opponent was going to be too easy, or on the other hand, that there is no way that they can win.
How does one turn it up when the situation calls for it? How do you get energized when you are down? How do you change from feeling low to feeling high thus getting into your “ideal competitive state” which will allow you to wrestle to your best potential?
I went to the book, The Achievement Zone, by Shane Murphy, Ph.D. for some answers.
One of the most spectacular upsets in Olympic history happened in the 1964 Tokyo Olympics. It was in the 10,000 meter race where the favorites were supposed to duke it out. Ron Clarke of Australia who was the world record holder, defending champion Pyotr Bolotnikov of the Soviet Union, and 5,000 meter winner Murray Halberg were the guys to watch. The American runner, Billy Mills was a complete unknown whose best time was a minute slower then Clarke’s world record. However, Billy Mills astonished the world by beating these favorites and winning the gold medal.
Half way through the race Mills thought he would have to quit. Clarke had a pattern of surging on every other lap which made it extremely difficult to keep up with him. “At one point I was going to go one more lap, take the lead, and go one more. That way, if I had to quit, it would be while I was winning,” said Mills. But at just that moment, Mills noticed Clarke looking back over his shoulder. My God! He’s worried, thought Mills. “From that point on, it was - I am here to stay.”
With less than three laps to go in the race, the clear leaders were Clarke, Mills, and another runner, Mohammed Gammoudi of Tunisia. In the backstretch of the final lap came the moment that electrified the crowd.
As they lapped some of the other runners, Mills was on the outside of Clarke, a perfect tactical position. Desperate to get space, Clarke gave Mills two nudges before shoving him out of the way, sending him sprawling to the outside. At that moment Gammoudi shouldered between both of them and sprinted into at ten-yard lead. Mills describes the closing moments.
“There were probably seventy-five thousand people sreaming in the stadium, but all I could hear was the throbbing of my heart. In my mind, in a kind-of self-hypnosis, I was reliving my training sessions at Camp Pendleton…Every day of my training, in my mind, I went by Clarke just a second before the finish, and I’d win. But this was real…I kept thinking, One more try. One more try…With about eighty yards to go they were five or six yards ahead of me, and I thought, I may never be this close again. Drive! Drive! I knew I had won. I knew I might not get to the tape first, but I knew that at that stage I was the fastest man on the track, and if I had enough time I would go past them…Then I felt the tape break across my chest. I came to a stop, and a Japanese official came running up to me and said, “Who are you? Who are you?”
With his dramatic gold medal, Billy Mills, a twenty-four-year-old man of Sioux heritage, became an American legend. He proved his win was no accident by breaking the world record the next year.
How did Billy Mills do this? How did he energize his mind and body to exceed his best performance and defeat these great runners in the most revered event ever…the Olympic Games? How can we as wrestlers do the same thing? How do we make certain that we will have plenty of energy when we need it?
First we need to learn how to give ourselves energy. We need to know how to psych our selves up at critical moments. Our thoughts and feelings, the attitudes we bring to the performance all affect our energy level.
In Billy Mills’s case, the physical training he did at Camp Pendleton was critical for his development as a runner. But his mental preparation helped him develop energizing thoughts which gave him the extra boost when he really needed it. He used these thoughts in the Olympics when he told himself One more try, one more try, and when he yelled to himself, Drive! Drive!
Energize your thinking. No matter how much you enjoy what you are doing there will be times when you need to psych yourself up. Whether it is at the end of a tough work day or it is at the end of a tough wrestling match, you are going to be tired. Your thoughts are critical in how you control your energy level. Your thoughts can either drain energy away, leaving you zapped and unable to perform, or they can give you new energy and excitement.
Energizing your thoughts is very important. Thinking positive will help you generate the energy needed to perform at your best. Thinking positive, especially in tough exhausting situations, can be difficult. But this is what separates the medalists from the rest.
Focus on energizing images. Use your creative thinking skills to visualize seeing yourself as a fine tuned machine or a powerful locomotive racing down the rail road track. Nothing can stop you!
Imagine excellence in all you do and focus on the desired result. See yourself throwing that Russian wrestler through the air right on to his back. Imagine you standing on the awards podium accepting the Olympic gold medal. Take time to really feel the moment.
Use energy cue words to ignite your performance. Using words like: Go, go! Explode! Blast off! Nothing can stop me! Here is where I take off! Watch me now! These words, or words like it, can cue you to step-up when needed. Remember what Billy Mills said to himself in the last stretch of the race.
Focus on things you can control. Low energy often is a result of feeling out of control. To combat this try focusing on the things you can change or manage. Try focusing on the great execution of your technique as opposed to winning the tournament. These are called performance goals. You can control how you execute or what tactics and strategy you use. You can’t always control the end result.
Challenge yourself! It is common to feel flat when you feel you have no chance of reaching your goal. Again focus on smaller execution type goals. Goals that when you reach them tell you that you are improving. Think big at the same time. Why settle for mediocrity when you can achieve the unbelievable?
Look energized! Remember the old adage “You look good, you feel good.” Well, the same is true for energizing. You will make yourself feel more energized when you look more energized. Walk, talk and act as if you have a lot of energy. Shoulders back, a skip in your step, increase the pace of your activity. Studies have shown that acting out strong emotion can actually cause an emotional physiological response, so act energized!
Remember a time when you had high energy. Think back on a time when you felt great and your performance was spectacular. Again use your creative thinking skills to visualize that event and try to recapture the feeling you had that helped you achieve that success.
Learn something new. Learning something new helps to stimulate your energy juices. A characteristic of high achievers is that they love doing new things and learning new skills. They are always searching for new techniques and methods to try. Learning new moves, tactics and strategies helps to make wrestling more fun which heightens our energy.
Have fun! Having fun with our sport is the key to being successful at it. Life is too short not to enjoy it every step of the way. Dr. Jerry May of the University of Nebraska, a sport psychology consultant for the U.S. sailing team, has studied hundreds of elite performers in sport and business. He finds that a characteristic shared by highly successful people is a sense of humor. So always remember to enjoy the battle!
Remember that high energy means high performance. Learn all the ways that help you bring your energy to your performance and you will wrestle to your utmost potential.
Expect to win!
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