Policies and Expectations of the SSWL

  1. All member clubs must be insured before competing in any SSWL event. The league does not mandate what insurance company provider you use, only that you purchase the league endorsed policy or provide evidence that you have purchased it from another provider.

  2. Age group designation should be based on competitor’s age on Sept. 1 at the beginning of each season. For the 2012-13 season, Sept 1, 2012 is that date.

  3. All competitors must have wrestling shoes when competing. Singlet and headgear are not mandatory, and a wrestler may were gym shorts and a t-shirt when competing.

  4. If a club has any wrestlers competing at a SSWL event, there must be at least one recognized coach in attendance from that team.

  5. All matches are officiated by high school wrestlers, parents, or coaches, and the SSWL accepts the fact that mistakes will be made in the officiating of competitive matches.

  6. No parent or coach should overturn a call made by the official, nor should they argue the call. However, it would be appropriate for a coach to remedy an error if a coach sees the error occur. A parent or coach may also address the concern with the tournament or meet director.

  7. Once a match is final and the competitors leave the mat, the score cannot be changed. Video tape will not be used to change the outcome of a match.

  8. If the safety for a wrestler(s) is in question, then a coach of any club official may step in and stop the situation or educate the official in regards to the concern. Educate the official so the call is correct the next time, do not attempt to manipulate the score.

  9. All clubs should be diligent about checking the condition of each wrestler’s skin, before all competitions. If a wrestler has a skin issue that causes concern for a host administrator, the host administrator reserves the right to remove the wrestler from competition. However, before doing so he should communicate his/her concern with the head coach of the wrestler in question.

    Fair and equal competition

  10. Member clubs should classify each wrestler on their team using the following criteria:

    "A" wrestler – Four or more years experience or a competitive/experienced wrestler who should compete with other experienced wrestlers.
    "B" wrestler – Has 1 to 4 years of experience, but has not progress enough to be an "A" wrestler.
    "C" wrestler – Is a 1st or 2nd year wrestler, or a very weak 3rd year wrestler.

  11. Pairing or staging officials will make every attempt to match up wrestlers by age and years of experience (use “A”, “B” and “C” rating). Pairing at competitions must be done with an objective of setting up matches which are fair and competitive. Every effort must be made to keep ages within +/- one year. In addition, consider the rating for each wrestler. Follow these guidelines.

    Fair Competition Guidelines

    "A" wrestlers compete against - "A" wrestlers, or "B" wrestlers with 4 or more years of experience
    "B" wrestlers compete against - "B" wrestlers, or "A" wrestlers with 3 or less years of experience or "C" wrestlers with 2 or 3 years experience
    "C" wrestlers compete against - "C" wrestlers, or "B" wrestlers with 2 or less years experience

    We could go crazy trying to determine if two wrestlers should be on the mat together based on the number of years and so on.  Do your best to match up competitors that are rated at the same level.  Also, we should go to great lengths to protect the experience of any beginning, first year wrestler.

  12. The head coach of the relevant teams must approve any match that does not meet the guidelines as stated for fair competition.

    Tournament Details

  13. Each host site will determine the procedure for running their own tournament. If a tournament is going to use the paper method , then tournaments directors should organize each age group up by color. All bout sheets, entry slips and brackets should try to utilize these color choices. 6U – White, 8U – Pink, 10U – Green, 12U – Blue, 14U – Gold/Yellow. This procedure may be circumvented by an online registration. Ask tournament director for any variance to the color procedure.

  14. Most tournaments will include 2 matches for each competitor (placed in a four man bracket).  If a wrestler wins their first match they should be paired for their second match with another wrestler, in the same bracket, who also won his/her first match.  Consequently, a loser should be paired with a loser for his/her second match.

  15. At the End of Season tournament, 6U and 8U year old wrestlers will follow the 2 match-4 man bracket format.  10U, 12U, 14U will be placed in a straight-line eight man bracket, and follow a double elimination process.

  16. At tournaments the host club will assign responsibilities to all visiting clubs.  Those responsibilities might include helping with brackets, running bout sheets, or staging wrestlers just to name a few.

  17. Host school should provide an athletic trainer when hosting a tournament.

  18. Host school for a pre-season tournament are allowed to charge an entry fee ($100/team or $5 per wrestler if a club has less than 20 wrestlers), collect no more than $2 at the door for adults only, and keep all proceeds from any concession stand they offer.  Host school must fulfill these responsibilities.

  19. Host school for tournaments should provide the bouts sheets, brackets (paper) and ribbons/medals. 

  20. If you are hosting the End of Season tournament, the SSWL will reimburse you for the cost of medals, and any other expenses not covered by admissions collected at the door and concessions.

  21. All clubs who are attending a tournament must bring help and equipment to run two tables.  That would include 6 people, 2 timers, 4 ankle bands, two score boards.

  22. Match times for ages 6U and 8U should be 3-1 min periods; ages 10U, 12U and 14U should be 3 – 1.5 min periods.

    Dual Meet Expectations

  23. All SSWL club teams will commit to the dual meet schedule as created by the SSWL President.

  24. Dual meet schedule will be determined before December 25th.  It requires that wrestling clubs bring their wrestling numbers(estimates) to the league meeting (early November) in order for the League President to establish an equitable dual meet schedule

  25. Dual meets are scheduled for Tuesday or Wednesday nights from Jan. 1st until the last week of the regular Colorado HS wrestling season.

  26. Dual meets should begin at 6:00 pm and go until 7:30 pm.  Host clubs should promote as much wrestling that can occur during this 90 minute event. 

  27. For dual meets, the host school should provide help to run the entire event.  Visiting schools might contribute help, but do not expected it.

  28. Any club can host a dual meet, provided it is not their first year in the SSWL.  In hosting a dual meet, be sure you have a venue that will encompass 4 to 5 wrestling clubs and their family members.

    Rules for competition

  29. Unless dictated differently in these by-laws, all applicable rules governing the competition of the league will be in accordance with National Federation rules.

    Weigh ins

  30. All wrestlers should have a recorded weight with their club, before the first competition in December. Wrestling clubs should also check weights after January 1st, and again right before the South Suburban League Championships in February. Honesty and integrity has always been the trademark of this league, and any club who intentionally falsifies weights of their wrestlers will immediately have their entire club disqualified from the event, and from other league competitions for the rest of that season. The league will immediately consider that club NOT a SSWL club member in good standing. After a club has served a one year suspension they can petition to come into the league, like any new club, where they would have to receive a favorable vote from the member clubs at the League meeting the following year.

    Concern Procedure

  31. The procedure to address a formal concern is as follows:

1. If a concern about the league arises from a parent of a SSWL wrestling club, the concern should be dealt with at the club level. Each Head Coach or Administrator should make every reasonable attempt to address the concern and come to a positive resolution. Please feel free to seek the advice or assistance of the President in resolving the matter.

2. If the concern is between two clubs, then the President should be notified regarding the concern. The President will either mediate the concern, or seek the collective wisdom of other long standing league members, than collectively they will make a decision that will stand final. There is no appeal process.