Weekly Team Update
"What's going on and what to expect"
(Newer and current stuff is in big print at the top of this page)
(General information that always applies is down the page in smaller print)
Last Updated: December 3rd (first 7 things are new)
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**Wrestle Offs This Week For Varsity. On Monday and Tuesday, we will host wrestle-offs for a handful of varsity spots. The winner of the weight class is the varsity starter for this week. I will allow a person to challenge another starter 3x this year. This week, our backups will not have a tournament to attend, but next weekend, our backups will attend a varsity tournament in Lincoln while our starting team will be at Elk Grove. We have a lot of varsity caliber wrestlers on this team who are too good to wrestle JV and need mat time. Each wrestler announced their intended weight class for the week, last week, and will have a fair chance at securing a starting position.
**Uniforms I will pass out singles to wrestlers on Tuesday. Please make sure your wrestler does not lose this singlet because they will turn it back in at the end of the season. FYI, I ordered new warm-ups for the starting varsity team and they are scheduled to arrive this week. We may not get them by Vacaville and will adjust accordingly. If your wrestler is new, there is an online store a couple of paragraphs below where you can order sweat pants, a shirt, and a hoody. The store was late getting up fo us and I apologize for the delay. JV will be able to wear warm-ups from last year, PE clothes, and/or any BV affiliated clothes. If your child has none of those clothes they can simply wear what they put on for practice on an average day.
**Varsity Tournament This Weekend. The starting varsity will travel to the Vacaville duals on Friday and Saturday. On Friday, each wrestler will attend the first 2 periods of school, check in with their 3rd-period teacher, and then head towards the parking lot. We will hit the road by 10:45 AM to give us plenty of time to get to Vacaville. Weigh-ins on Friday begin at 1 pm, and wrestling begins at 3 pm. We will have 3 duals on Friday and 4 duals on Saturday. We will definitely need some drivers if you can help with that. On Saturday, weigh-ins are at 8 am, and wrestling begins at 10 am. On Friday evening I will make sure each wrestler has a ride for Saturday. On Saturday, we need each wrestler there no later than 7:15 am.
**JV Tournament This Weekend. Coach David will take the JV team to Ponderosa on Saturday. Each wrestler needs to be at Ponderosa no later than 6:30 am. The coaches at Ponderosa run a good tournament and do their best to get our kids as many matches as possible (FYI rule is no more than 5 matches in a day so no kid will ever have 6 until they change that rule). We do not have our kids go out to breakfast, so make sure to pack/bring food to eat after weigh-ins. Weigh-ins are at 7 am so please do not have your wrestler eat until after weigh-ins. I'm not asking to skip a meal, but to simply delay it by a few minutes. Plan on staying for the entire day and until everybody is done competing. Cheer on all BV wrestlers and bring your phone chargers (portable chargers are great).
**Girls Tournament This Weekend. The girls are veterans already and know the drill. Coach Hedrick might adjust this information, but please be at Casa Roble by 6:30 for 7 am weigh-ins.
**BV WRESTLING ONLINE STORE IS NOW CLOSED!
Team orders will be shipped in bulk to Beth Willey. We should receive the order 2-3 weeks from 12/5. Watch Remind for delivery information. Hoping we have everything before Christmas.
BV Wrestling Team Values Are Posted I had our "Team Values" painted in the main wrestling room over the summer and I added a section on this website where I give a brief explanation of each value. Please take a minute to read through the values so you know what I am saying to your kids each day. I preach these values, I model these values, and hold each person involved in our program accountable to these values.
A Change on the Schedule The CVC League made a mistake and double booked our gym with basketball, so wrestling got moved. The original date was Tuesday, January 7th. The dual is now Wednesday, January 8th. These changes have been made on the "SCHEDULES" portion of the website as well.
Practice Schedules If you click on "Schedules" to the left I will have weekly practice schedules updated every week. We have certain days off from school and other events going on so it's important that you try and read that section weekly. Thank you.
Control What We Can Control It is crucial that we control the things that we can control in order for each person to have optimal performance. One of these things is hygiene. Please have your wrestler establish the habit of showering as soon as they get home. We take a lot of preventative measures to ensure that our wrestlers don't develop any skin infection, including putting on some wrestling specific foam before each practice and mopping the mats before each practice. Typically, we don't see any skin issues until we have our first competition (because other schools are not as aggressive as we are with hygiene), but we need to be on top of that. The other thing is to get our wrestlers to get 9 hours of sleep each night, get their homework done each night, and to develop a healthy diet. There is a great nutritional guide on our website for each wrestler, but in general, I would recommend vegetables, fruits, to drink lots of water so they are hydrated for practice, to scale back on sugar and soda, and to scale back on fast food. Eating right will give them better energy for school and for wrestling. This might be obvious to all of us but our wrestlers are students first, which means they must make the effort to stay on top of their grades. Without a 2.0 they can't wrestle. It takes a lot of discipline to be successful in school, in wrestling, and with their physical health all at the same time, and if they can do that, then they are developing a really positive skill that will last them for the rest of their life.
Commitment Now that wrestling season is here please do not have your wrestler miss practice or competition. One of our team values is "Commitment," (the values page will soon be added) which means we all need to commit to this team and to ourselves. If your wrestler is going to miss a practice or competition please contact me ahead of time. Missing practice hurts the athlete and hurts the team. Please do not schedule vacations during the season. FYI, we will not practice on Thanksgiving or the day after Thanksgiving. We also take the first week of Christmas break off (December 23 - December 29) and we are back to the grind on December 30th. Family comes first for me, so family emergencies obviously take priority.
Episode 3 of the Scronco Podcast is up! If you haven't listened before, Coach Smith (Carnegie) and I are on there and have 3 sections for each episode. The first part is us giving an update on things going on with the team. Part 2 is us explaining one of the mental approaches we are using with your kids (this episode is on developing a growth mindset versus a fixed mindset). We both got our masters in sports psychology and are applying a lot of that information to your children. This is an opportunity for you to hear from us about what we are teaching your kids (instead of trying to hear it from their mouths). The last part is an interview and in this episode we interviewed Bella Vista's principal, Dr. Darrin Kitchen. We are officially on Apple Podcasts now. HERE IS A LINK TO THE 2ND AND 3RD EPISODES OF THE PODCAST
State Championships Tickets Although anything can happen, we have a strong possibility of sending a solid group of wrestlers to the state championships this year. With that reality, I would like to pre-order tickets so all the families, athletes, and coaches can sit together. The current system only allows for athletes/coaches to sit in one section and they do not allow fans in that section (so you wouldn't be able to sit with your wrestler, which is a bummer). If we buy these tickets we can all sit together. If your child makes it, you are going to want to attend anyway, so you might want to get ahead on this. I will find out how much money it is for an all-session pass and post that information right here. If you are interested please email me how many tickets you would like to purchase so I have an idea when I call the venue. The team will pay for your wrestler and you pay for any tickets beyond that. I will buy the tickets in a bundle and then have you reimburse after.
**Varsity Parents: Katrina Ferland is currently looking at hotels for our season and beginning to book them. She generally books 2 extra rooms for parents traveling with the team. Katrina is booking all our stays for this season. Please
**FYI - Kathy Valerga (ex-BV parent) of Farmer's Insurance has donated $2,000 to BV Wrestling this week. It's a Farmer's Insurance program they do with schools. Obviously we are very grateful for their generosity to our program. If you have any insurance needs contact Kathy at (916) 792-0688.
**FYI - Becky Lund and Nelson Lund (ex- BV wrestler) are local residential real estate agents. They have a standing offer that if anyone connected to Bella Vista wrestling (aunt, uncle, cousin, neighbor, co-worker, etc) gets them a referral for a person in the market to buy or sell a home they'll donate $500 to BV Wrestling. So if everyone on the team can simply move from one home in our attendance area to another we can make a lot of money - SMILE. Seriously, if you ever come across someone who's in the market, give them Becky's (916-531-7124) or Nelson's (916-704-5101) number and have them say "I was referred to you through Bella Vista Wrestling".
FYI - Bella Vista Wrestling has a very rich history and tradition; a lot of state and national level champions have come out of our program. These people still very much pay attention to how our program is doing, so much so that there is a fan page on Facebook. If interested in following this, just look for "Bella Vista Wrestling Fan Club".
Team Doctor (Dr. Randy Martin) phone number if needed; please be aware of the time of day and seriousness of the call when trying to reach him. He is kind enough to help our team, we don't want to be a stressor to his offer. (916) 834-8820
If you are a varsity parent, the team will be staying at hotels booked by our travel agent Katrina Ferland. You will want to call her and book your own room at the same hotel for trips that you will be attending. Katrina's number is 765-1190 or email email@example.com
If you've got a wrestler that would like to become a top wrestler, go to "Wrestlers" on this site under "You want to be a champion wrestler". It all starts there! Then continues on with a lot of time, effort and energy towards being the best.
Scholarship Requirements: Division I schools now have new high school core classes that must be taken to be eligible for scholarships, they are as follows: 4 yrs English, 3 yrs Math (Algebra 1 or higher), 2 yrs Natural/Physical Science (one lab), 1 yr of additional English/Math/Physical Science, 2 yrs of Social Science, 4 yrs of additional core courses (any of the above areas or foreign language, non-doctrinal religion/philosophy).
If you have general questions, or want to let me know that your wrestler will be missing practice, email me at
Tax Write Off: If you have a prize to donate, or have gotten a prize from a company, I have a letter with our tax exempt ID# on it that can be used to "write off" the donation for tax purposes. Just email me that you need the letter and I'll get it to you.