Our Dual Team - Team RHWC
Red Hawk is dedicated to helping our loyal members as much as possible. After all, we're coaches, and we want our students to have the best chance to succeed. In order to be successful in wrestling you must be competing against the best, and frequently. While we go to as many individual tournaments as we can to coach our guys, we also want to facilitate a team atmosphere. This is where our club team comes in.
While being on Team Red Hawk, you will get the chance to compete in dual meet tournaments at various venues scattered across the east coast. We will not just pick up the phone and call up studs to replace your wrestler. We will use our members so we can improve our skills. This assumes your wrestler is challenging for a weight that will allow him to be competitive. We do not want someone going up a weight class just to have a spot on our team. In an excessive case like that, we will find a fill-in.
We are not concerned with winning these tournaments. Our primary focus is serving our members and getting them better. Some other clubs think it's best to recruit in teams to make themselves look better. We feel this is a horrible business plan, as it looks to advertise their business, but shows no care to the people who are actually involved.
"Yay, we won a national dual. No one in the room was on the team, except that one kid, but we won. So that's good I guess?" We want to get our kids better. We only care about the people who care about us. This attitude has created a fantastic team that we can actually call our own. And yes, we have won multiple dual tournaments with this thought process.
If your wrestler is a loyal member, he will have his chance to earn his spot. When we have multiple members vying for the same weight class we will conduct wrestle-offs.
The only time we will ever allow walk-ons is if we currently don't have the spot filled.
When you're a part of Team Red Hawk you are representing us, our brand, our business, our way of teaching, our way of life. We will make you adhere to certain rules to protect this sport and our repuatation. There are rules that you must follow if you want to keep a spot in our line-up.
- You must be an active club member, attending twice per week minimum, with at least one month of previous attendance under your belt. We will not allow "drop-ins".
- You must show that you are committed to learning our technique so that we can accurately coach. If you don't know the moves we're calling out, then as coaches we can't help. If you don't attend class after a dual meet, we can't give you things to work on and improve your technique. If you stop attending practice twice a week, an active member is free to take your spot.
- You must conduct yourself with sportsmanship in mind. You will teach yourself and your wrestler to not complain about points given during or after a match. The referee's call is final. We have tried to change the most obvious calls to no avail. Stop complaining and focus on scoring the next point. If your wrestler complains about a referee, we will talk to him about it, explain why he cannot do this, and issue him 50 push-ups.
- There will be no throwing of headgear, causing a fuss, or any other misconduct. You will hold your head high whether you win or lose. For every point given away to the other team, your wrestler will be issued 100 push-ups. If it is a recurring problem, we reserve the right to bench your wrestler for the next dual or until he learns how to behave himself.
- If you are in between weight classes, you should go to the lower one. The dual meet tournaments we go to are national level competition, it will do you no good to wrestle up.
- There are some cases where wrestling up will be good for the kid or the team, that is usually restricted to the more seasoned wrestlers on our team. At the coaches discretion you may be asked to move up or down in weight depending upon what's best for the team and other wrestlers that are on the dual team.
Parents often get upset when their child is challenged for a wrestle-off. Say, for example, we asked for people to apply for a tournament and they don't have anyone to wrestle-off, that still does not mean they are awarded the spot. Until 45 days before the tournament, a loyal club member may challenge them. Your wrestler may be signed up for a spot, and then a month later someone challenges him/her. We will allow this challenge and this wrestle-off if they are loyal club members. Do not automatically assume you have the spot until the deadline is over.
We are trying to build a legitimate team atmosphere here at Red Hawk. Regrettably this rule causes rifts and conflicts. We believe it is in the best interest of your child to accept these rules and learn life lessons from them. In real life you are not handed anything, you must work hard to earn success.
At Red Hawk, you must work hard to earn your spot on our team. If it's close, you will have to wrestle off many times throughout the year. The only way to stop this from happening is to work hard and be so good that no one wants to challenge you. This is how wrestle-offs are in high school and college, you are constantly being challenged until you solidify it. This is reality. We want to instill this character in your child as early as possible.
- The period times will be 1:30, 1:30, 1:30.
- College out-of-bounds. No riding time. Overtime is 1:00, 30, 30, ultimate ride-out.
- Best two out of three format if the wrestlers are close in ability. If the match is a major decision or greater, one match will do.
- If challenging, the wrestler currently with the spot will have to win once. The challenger will have to win twice. Should the wrestler being challenged lose, he must then win two in a row to keep his spot. This will carry over from a previous dual meet tournament and will be nullified if there's a change in a head-to-head match.
- You are allowed to challenge for a dual meet tournament within 45 days of the tournament itself.
- Your weight must be within 5% of the weight class you are wrestling for.
We urge you not to abandon the team should your wrestler get challenged. What do you say to your child? What does that teach them? It teaches them that it's okay to jump ship and break commitments when you are faced with difficulty. It reveals character flaws. It teaches them it's okay to run away from their problems. It's okay to quit your job if someone is hired who could replace you if you don't work hard enough.
We want kids on our team that will face issues head-on, that will dive face-first into battle, and that will not quit because they're afraid of possible outcomes.
Whether you like it or not, your child learns his mannerisms, personality traits, the way he/she handles stress, by modeling their caregivers. That's you, and the decisions you make for them. If you want your child to be a certain way, you must act that way. If you want your child to be strong, you must be strong. If you want them to be able to protect themselves, you do not guard them from danger or failure, you teach them how to overcome those situations. You make them learn how. Wrestle-offs are one of the safest ways to do that.
By guarding them from the situation, you're robbing them of that learning experience. You're making them weaker. Regardless of whatever you think the outcome will be, you're hurting your wrestler's confidence and future, bit by bit.
This sport is mainly about character building. Wrestle-offs are the ultimate revealer of character. There is no conflict. You either win, or you don't. You earn your spot, or you don't. This is not soccer, basketball, football, or any other team sport of the like. You are not awarded a chance to play just because you exist. Teach your child that, and they will be able to face anything that comes their way in life.