Wrestle-offs are conducted several times during the season to determine who will fill each weight class on the Varsity teams. These wrestle-offs take place during regular practice time and officiated by the coaches.
Wrestle-offs for the season are scheduled for the following Fridays;
Varsity- November 30, December 7, December 14 and January 11.
A list of the wrestlers who are scheduled to wrestle-off will be distributed by e-mail on Wednesday before the wrestle-off. We will also post a list of the scheduled wrestle-offs on the door of the wrestling room. The list will include the weight class that the wrestlers are competing for.
Any wrestler who is not at the scheduled wrestle-off will forfeit that wrestle off unless some other arrangements are made with the coach ahead of time.
Wrestlers attempting to compete for a spot on the varsity teams must be within 1 Lb of the weight specified to qualify for the wrestle off that day. No exceptions will be made.
To challenge for a varsity spot a wrestler must first beat the NNJYWL silver wrestler at that weight.
The winner of the wrestle-off will participate in the NNJYWL Gold matches until the next scheduled wrestle-off. Wrestlers may challenge for a spot in the line up at the next wrestle-off. A challenger needs to win 2 consecutive wrestle-offs to displace someone on a varsity team. If a wrestler beats his challenger two consecutive times in the wrestle-off, the challenger is no longer allowed to challenge that opponent during the current season.
After the first wrestle off, a wrestler who wants to challenge for a spot in the line-up must approach a coach and state his intention on the Monday or Tuesday prior to the scheduled wrestle-off date. Although our intention to solicit the wrestlers to participate in the wrestle offs, it is the wrestler or his parent’s responsibility to make sure the coaches know he wants to challenge for a spot and to make sure he is on the list when it is available.
At times Special Wrestle-offs may need to be scheduled to accommodate unforeseen circumstances. This will be at the discretion of either the head coach of the Varsity team or the league president. In these special cases, we may not be able to follow some or all of the above policies. Wrestlers always have the opportunity to opt out of a wrestle-off.
Jefferson Youth Wrestling does not promote or condone any weight loss for youth wrestlers. However, on the Varsity level the League participants are qualified to wrestle by weighing in before each match. Wrestlers and their parents are expected to select a weight that they are comfortable with. It is the wrestler’s responsibility to be at or below that weight before each match. The League guidelines allow for growth during the season and the weights are adjusted according to the schedule outlined on the above mentioned web sites. A wrestler who does not make weight at a match or wrestle-off will not be able to compete that day. If a wrestler is above the weight a second time he will be disqualified from competing at that weight for the remainder of the season. He will only be allowed to wrestle-off for the next weight up if the circumstances allow.
NNJYWL Varsity- Please note: Eligibility for a particular weight class is determined by the weight that a wrestler weighs in for at the first bout of the season. It is important that the wrestler decides which weight class is appropriate and makes that weight for their first League bouts in early December.
Maintaining Proper Hygiene-
The sport of wrestling involves close contact with your opponent. Although rare, skin infections, such as Ring Worm and Impetigo can occur. We do take precautions to prevent this. The mats are routinely cleaned with a disinfectant that is formulated specifically for this application. The referees are trained to spot skin issues and every wrestler is checked before each match. Any wrestler who exhibits symptoms of a skin disease is not allowed to compete in that match. They are also banned from competition until they are cleared with a doctor’s note. Any wrestler with questionable skin conditions will also not be allowed to participate in our practices until they are cleared with a doctor’s note. Please report any suspicious skin conditions to a coach immediately. We urge all of our wrestlers to bathe and/or shower with hot water and soap immediately following all wrestling activities.