Wrestling tournaments are unlike most other sporting events - no one will be able to give you an exact time when your wrestler's match will be, trackwrestling navigation takes some time to get accustomed to, there are six plus matches going on at once, and scoring is difficult to keep up with even for experienced parents sometimes! This page will give you pointers on what to bring, what to expect and some tips from veteran wrestling parents.
The typical tournament day will begin around 7:30/8:00 AM for the youngest age group. You will want to arrive at least 30 minutes to an hour before stated start time to give your wrestler ample time to wake up and warm up. If your wrestler is weighing in onsite, make sure you note the weigh-in time as well. Occasionally, weigh-ins will begin/end early if the earlier divisions are finishing sooner than expected. Keep this in mind when planning travel times. Each age division lasts roughly 3-4 hours, depending on the number of competitors. Admission for spectators is typically $5/person at local tournaments and $10+/person at national level tournaments. The vast majority of tournaments offer concessions, but some do not open until the tournament officially begins.
Your wrestler will need:
You're going to need some stuff too. Here are some ideas:
Wrestling is a whole 'nother ballgame when it comes to losing. Some kids are able to take it in stride, some don't seem to care either way, but others take it very hard. Be prepared for your wrestler to be upset when they lose. It's a good idea to reinforce good sportsmanship - shake your opponent's hand and the other coach's hand, don't throw your headgear or anklet across the mat, etc - and talk about how they might handle a loss beforehand. Also, don't be surprised if you get a little emotional yourself. Your wrestler might prefer a few minutes to him/herself, or they might prefer some uplifting words from you. Talking about this beforehand is a great way to avoid a meltdown. Wrestling is hard, and watching your child wrestle is hard too.