WVSSAC NEW WEIGHT MANAGEMENT PROGRAM
Frequently Asked Questions
1. Wrestlers must pass their Alpha Weight Assessment before they can compete. What happens if a wrestler fails the Specific Gravity Hydration Test, which is higher than 1.025 g/ml? (Note: There have been mistakes in previous documents, saying that 1.025 g/ml causes the wrestler to fail the test. Not true, a wrestler cannot be higher than 1.025 g/ml.)
Answer: His assessment stops and the wrestler must wait 24 hours to be retested.
2. Is there a body fat variance?
Answer: Yes, there is a 2% variance for body fat readings of 7% or above. However, if a body fat reading is less than 7%, no variance is given. For example, if a wrestler has a body fat of 6.9% and the lowest weight he can be is 113, the wrestler must compete at the 119-pound weight class.
3. What should a coach bring to all his competitions during the year to present to the official at dual meets or director at Multi-Team events?
Answer: Their computer-generated “Weigh-In Report”. Coaches should also have in their possession their team’s “Alpha Report” at all competitions.
4. What is considered an official weigh-in for which to bring the Alpha Weight Report Forms?
Answer: All official weigh-ins MUST be held at the site and day(s) of the competition.
5. What if the coach forgets his computer-generated “Weigh-In Report?
Answer: He can use an available computer at the home school. If there is no available computer on site, he can present his “Alpha Report,” which designates the date in which wrestlers can compete at their “Minimum Wrestling Weight.” If none of the above is available, the coach MUST forfeit; the wrestlers cannot compete.
6. What if a wrestler comes out late, is properly assessed, but the coach brings the beginning-of-year “Weigh-In Report” without the late wrestler’s weigh-in data?
Answer: The coach can use an available computer at the home school. If there is not one, and the coach does not have an “Alpha Report” with the late wrestler’s data, the late wrestler cannot compete.
7. Where can a wrestler compete before his Alpha Weight date?
Answer: He can compete at any weight for which he qualifies. But note if he wrestles at the 130-pound weight class and his Alpha Weight date is a week later, he will have to wait longer to compete at his Alpha Weight to fulfill the 1.5 percent of body weight loss per week. This regulation is in place to eliminate “Yo-Yo” dieting.
8. Do coaches have to record each wrestler’s 1.5 percent body weight in the NWCA weight management computer program each week?
Answer: No. However, they must monitor their wrestlers’ weight loss each week so they do not lose more than 1.5 percent of their body weight each week. We fully trust the integrity and ethics of all our wrestling coaches.
9. If a wrestler’s Alpha Weight date is after the two-pound growth allowance, must he make base weight the first time he weighs in at his Alpha Weight?
Answer: Yes, but after his first weigh-in at Alpha Weight he receives his two-pound allowance.
10. When does the 50% weigh-in rule at the Alpha Weight go into effect?
Answer: The 50% weigh-in rule takes effect on the individual wrestler’s Alpha Weight date.
11. What if a wrestler never makes his Alpha Weight during the season, can he still wrestle?
Answer: Of course, but at a higher weight class.
12. What if the wrestler’s Alpha Weight date falls on the first day of regionals, can he still compete at his Alpha Weight?
Answer: Yes, but he must make base weight at the first weigh-in. Thereafter, he receives the same weight allowance as all the other wrestlers.
13. What if the wrestler’s Alpha Weight date is after the first day when regionals can start? Is he permitted to wrestle?
Answer: Yes, but at a higher weight class.
14. When does the wrestler receive their two-pound growth allowance?
Answer: December 25th
15. Must the middle school and junior high programs perform the same weight management procedures as the high school programs?
Answer: No. They will continue to the same weight management procedures as in the past.
16. What about a wrestler who joins the team late? Can he compete?
Answer: Yes, but with the following requirements. Any wrestler who joins the team late (e.g., injury, sickness, eligibility, etc.) MUST be assessed by the Monday of week 31 and meet the 14-day practice requirement before being able to compete.
17. What are the requirements for a transfer student?
Answer: A transfer may be assessed and compete only if he/she can meet the 14-day practice requirement. Note, if the wrestler was competing on the wrestling team at the school from where he/she transferred, the wrestler has already fulfilled the 14-day practice requirement.
18. Can a team be assessed by a doctor of medicine?
Answer: Only if the doctor has been trained by a regional assessor of the WVSSAC.
19. Is there an Alpha Weight Assessment appeal process?
Answer: Yes, but it is very, very stringent. You are first required to contact the WVSSAC office.
20. Who should I contact with any specific questions?
Answer: Dr. Bill Welker at mattalkwv.com or Gary Ray at the WVSSAC office (304/485-5494).