Raptor Expectations

One of the missions of the Front Royal Raptors is to help develop boys and girls into better young men and women.  The adults in their life are expected to serve as good role models.  The process works better when parents and coaches are on the same page working together towards that goal. Additionally, effective planning and communication are important keys to a successful organization.  These expectations serve to guide the team in the molding of our wrestlers as well as the management of day-to-day operations.


  • Get a pair of wrestling shoes
  • Practice Clothing Restrictions: No street shoes, loose clothing, or metal (zippers, snaps, etc.)
  • Also, do not wear the team uniform to practice
  • Go to every practice
  • Work hard
  • Don't make excuses
  • Take responsibility for your emotions.  Try not to cry.
  • Seek tough matches/partners and avoid easy wins.  
  • Don't cut weight at practice.  Cutting weight doesn't make you a better wrestler.
  • Practice with purpose. Walk out of practice being able to label one thing you got better at.
  • Stop comparing yourself to others.
  • Be grateful.  Thank someone every day.
  • Be patient. Small improvements are hard to notice.  Big gains come over time.
  • Have fun wrestling.  
  • Don't quit.  If you can't win, keep competing.
  • Keep your priorities in order.  Faith, family, and academics come before sports.  Organize your life to honor your commitment to all four.


  • Attend the parent meeting
  • Be connected - Read team texts, emails, and calendar
  • Use TeamSnap
    • Set Availability 9 or more days out (Friday the week before)
    • Change Availability in TeamSnap ASAP as needed
    • After Thursday, text coach if availability changes
    • The day of a match, call/text coach and receive a response if you cancel last minute
  • Remain out of the room during practice
  • Run your shift during gym setup, takedown, concession, and score table duties
  • Do not communicate with officials during competition
  • Wait until competition ends to communicate concerns to a coach
  • Avoid using profanity, especially at events

Advice based on this Inc. ARTICLE

  • Refuse to attend pity parties - Champions are not victims
  • Make wise decisions - Do not give in to your wrestler based on guilty emotions
  • View your wrestler as one part of a team
  • Encourage your wrestler to face their fears
  • Let coach be in charge of your kid - Expect your wrestler to take orders, listen to things they don't want to hear, and do things they don't want to do
  • Teach them to tolerate discomfort - Don't shield them from physical pain or hurt feelings
  • Make them be responsible for their own gear, supplies, food and anything else age appropriate
  • Make them do team chores like cleaning the room and setting up for tournaments
  • Teach them healthy ways to cope with their emotions so they don't depend on others.  Make them take responsibility for their emotions.
  • Let them own their mistakes - Don't bail them out of consequences
  • Help them make decisions based on those natural consequences rather than fear of your punishment
  • Resisting shortcuts and bailouts will teach them they are tough enough to persevere when they want to give up
  • Make sure their priorities reflect the things you value most in life.  You'll give them something bigger than a win to strive for.

New Parents Guide to Youth Wrestling