NCWC Parent Guide - General Information

Communication

The main tools used for day-to-day communication with members are Facebook and Team Snap; be sure to check one or both of these sources for up-to-date practice information.


Team Snap

Team Snap is a tool that helps manage availability for practices and tournaments. Each practice will list the location and any other important information (i.e. door codes). The app is available on most mobile devices, and as a website. The email address you provide at registration will be used to invite you to the site.


This tool allows wrestlers to:

  1. See all upcoming practices/tournaments.
  2. Send messages to coaches/team members.

 

This tool allows coaches to:

  1. Keep track of who has paid fees and who is attending tournaments.
  2. Communicate with wrestlers/parents.

Facebook


The Facebook group can be found by searching for “National Capital Wrestling Club” and requesting to join. Schedule changes, pictures, videos, and news about upcoming and completed tournaments are posted here. It’s a great way to connect with teammates.


Expectations for Practice

  • Show up at least ten minutes early to help set up.
  • Show up dressed in workout clothes and prepared to start.
  • Report all injuries immediately to a coach.
  • Respect your teammates and others in the room.
  • After practice, help clean and put away mats.
  • Shower as soon as you can after every practice to help stop the spread of any bacteria and disease. It is recommended that you use anti-fungal shampoo/soap for this, such as Head and Shoulders or Selsun Blue.
  • No outdoor shoes should be worn on the mats.
  • Stay off the mats when infected with a contagious skin issue such as ringworm.


Equipment

Clothing: Wrestlers should wear shorts or track pants and a t-shirt. Clothing should not have metal attached to it, such as zippers.

Headgear: An optional piece of equipment that protects wrestlers from getting cauliflower ear. Can be purchased at tournaments or online.

Mouth guards: An optional piece of equipment that is recommended for wrestlers with braces. Can be purchased from sport stores.

 

Knee pads: An optional piece of equipment that protects knees from abrasions. Can be purchased from the NCWC if we have your size in stock for $20 per knee pad, or online.

 

Shoes: Clean running shoes can be worn for the first few practices, but once a wrestler has joined the team, wrestling shoes are mandatory. Wrestling shoes can be purchased from the NCWC if we have your size in stock (prices vary, but are usually around $75 per pair), or online.

 

Singlet: This is worn during tournaments, and is mandatory for competition but optional for practice. Singlets with the NCWC logo on them can be purchased at the beginning of each season, and other singlets can be purchased at tournaments or online. If you would like to compete but do not have a singlet, talk to the coaches and they will arrange for you to borrow one.

 

Jewellery: No jewellery is to be worn during practice. Piercings should be removed (if removing is not an option, they should be tapped in a way that they cannot scratch another wrestler).

 

Hair: Long hair should be tied back, with no metal in the hair elastic.

 

Health Issues

Cauliflower ear: This injury is caused by trauma to the cartilage of the outer ear. Headgear is not required but can help to prevent it.

Cuts & Scrapes: If your child has cuts or scrapes, please be sure they are clean and covered prior to coming to practice. Also, keep fingernails clipped short to prevent scratching other wrestlers.

Colds and other illnesses: If you are sick, please do not come to practice until you have sought treatment for your ailment.

Skin diseases: If you notice any lesion, sore, or rash on the skin, especially if it is red or swollen, show it to the coaches as soon as possible and avoid contact with other wrestlers until it is cleared up.

Ringworm information

Ringworm is a contagious skin infection caused by a fungus that can affect any part of the skin. It is important to show anything that could be ringworm to the coaches, and to not attend practices or tournaments while infected, as it could infect other wrestlers. Wrestling tournaments have skin checks to prevent wrestlers with ringworm or other contagious skin infections from participating.

Ringworm can spread from direct skin-to-skin contact, or indirectly by contact with items people have touched, including mats on which an infected person has wrestled.

Ringworm appears as red circles on the skin. The edge may be either dry and scaly or moist and crusted. As it spreads, the centre area clears and appears normal. Ringworm is at its most contagious when it is itchy and raised off the skin.

Ringworm can be prevented by showering promptly after practice and using anti-fungal soaps and shampoo. People who are infected should minimize close contact with others, and avoid sharing towels or clothing. Bed sheets should be washed often.

Ringworm is most commonly treated with topical cream; some creams can be purchased over the counter, but the most effective creams require a prescription. You can get this prescription from your family doctor or from a clinic. Cream should be applied often (making sure you wash your hands after having contact with the infected spot), and the area should be kept dry during treatment.