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  1. ...or robins and sparrow and eagles and...
  2. Very interesting. Do you see this spreading to other weight-class sports? http://onefc.com/news/611-one-championship-revolutionizes-mma-with-new-weigh-in.html 1. Athletes must submit their current walking weight and daily training weight regularly. Athletes will input and track their daily weight online via a dedicated web portal. Athletes may input data weekly but must include daily weights. 2. Athletes will be assigned to their weight class based on collated data and random weight checks. Athletes are not allowed to drop a weight class when less than 8 weeks out from an event. 3. During fight week, weights are checked daily. Urine specific gravity will also be checked the day after arrival and 3 hours prior to the event. Athletes must be within their weight class and pass specific gravity hydration tests all week and up to 3 hours before the event. If an athlete falls outside the weight, or fails a test, they are disqualified from the event. Doctors may request additional testing at their discretion. 4. Catch weight bouts are allowed. However, the athlete with the higher weight will not be heavier than 105% of the lighter opponent’s weight. 5. ONE will conduct random weight checks on athletes at our discretion. 6. Athletes may petition to change weight classes outside of the 8-week competition zone and must be within their new desired weight at that time. In addition, athletes must pass a specific gravity urine test when their weight is within the limits of the newly petitioned weight class. ONE doctors can request additional testing to determine the amount of weight drop allowed over a specific time. 7. The usage of IVs for the purpose of rehydration will not be allowed. Overage and limits of weight reduction: · 3 weeks to event day: Athlete must be within contracted weight class · 4 weeks: 1.5% bodyweight over max · 5 weeks: 3% · 6 weeks: 4.5% · 7 weeks: 6% · 8 weeks: +6% max over.
  3. Lightweights will beat heavyweights on the balance beam every time. On the rest of the sports world - heavyweights will wipe them out 75 out of 100 times. They are generally happy with "separate but equal" while knowing "equal" is a myth.
  4. Fewer high school wrestlers will not mean much to college wrestling because: 1. Wrestling more high school athletes per college spot than any other NCAA sport. (Wrestling 41:1, Football 16:1, Basketball 30:1, Baseball 15:1) 2. One year datum vs. decades long trend does not have much meaning.
  5. Wouldn't the total line at the bottom of the chart show the opportunities across the board? So, 286,373 for men and 184,661 for women. Assuming boy/girl enrollment is pretty even for high school, the number of men and women enrolled in college are indeed not proportionate to high school enrollments. College men: 8,919,087, women: 11,723,732. (US Dept of Ed figures for 2012 for all colleges.)
  6. I double checked the number and it is correct. There are only 93 high school with boy's fencing. Is there a hot bed region for fencing?
  7. Pinnum, I did not know that the track/XC limits were combined. Still 12.6 is better than 9.9. Everything you say about women's counterpart, travel, and coaching staffs could be true for wrestling as well. The women's counterpart would be the steepest climb but it is also the number one goal to expand our sport and insure its health. (Sidenote: Woman's wrestling in not yet an NCAA sport but there were 160 high school participants per college spots last year.) Nothing about adding more wrestling seasons would force schools to cut a team. If they don't want to fund the extra season, they don't have to. Only about half the schools with track teams compete in the indoor season. Only about 10% of schools with women's track team do not have a men's team.
  8. That sounds a bit defeatist. If colleges can support nearly 90,00 track participants, there is no reason they cannot support 15,000 wrestlers.
  9. That was my take on it. I also found it interesting that football has a ratio of 16:1, which belies its reputaion of hording the headcount. Track is interesting at 10:1 and with a large headcount. These figures include outdoor, indoor and cross-country. I bet there is a lot of overlap in participants in these three sports and coaches get more scholarship to share out over the duplicate squads. Also, they get to train for three season. Wrestling could learn from this. NWCA should have a long-term goal of making freestyle and greco-roman NCAA sports. (Don't a lot of schools compete in freestyle anyway?) That way, they could end up with 25-30 scholarships to share out. In most cases, it would not take much more coaching staff. Do the same for same for women's wrestling to address Title IX concerns.
  10. Jaroslav, I have updated both the NFHS and NCAA numbers for men's lacross and now come up with a ratio of 8:1. Again thanks for the tip.
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