Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

We’ve tried to answer the most common questions that we have seen over the first couple weeks of registrations. Feel free to reach out via the contact form, email address, or phone number if your question is not answered below or if you would like additional information.


How do I register?

You can register your child by clicking the registration link in the above menu.  This will take you to our official team registration on site, where you can complete the registration process.


What ages can participate?

Anyone between 4 – 14 years of age or PreK through 8th grade.


When and where are practices?

After registration closes, the board will finalize practice days for each of the groups.

Practices will be spread out to maintain safety in terms of social distancing and school cleaning protocols.  Practices will be set prior to the season but last-minute changes during Covid season could and most likely will happen.  All three EPS high schools will be utilized if necessary.

Elkhorn North High School | 17800 George Miller Parkway, Omaha, NE 68116

Elkhorn High School | 1401 Veterans Drive Elkhorn, NE 68022

Elkhorn South High School | 20303 Blue Sage Parkway, Omaha, NE 68130

 Our current proposed practice days will be as follows:

Open/Advanced – will practice in the wrestling room at Elkhorn North on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday.  This group will also have strength and conditioning practice Wednesday nights at Elkhorn High School in the wrestling room.  All practice times are 6:15pm – 7:45pm.

Novice/Intermediate – will practice in the wrestling room on Tuesday and Thursday at Elkhorn High School.  All practices times are 6:15pm – 7:45pm.

Novice/Beginner – will practice in the wrestling room on Wednesday and Friday at Elkhorn South.  All Practice times are 6:15pm – 7:45pm.  This practice may be combined with the Tuesday/Thursday practice at Elkhorn High School if numbers are low for participation.  

NOTE: These are proposed at this time.  Practice days/times/locations will be finalized once registration has ended and could change throughout the season if Covid conditions continue to fluctuate.


What is the cost?

Registration cost for the 2020-21 year will be $250 for Open/Advanced wrestlers and $50 for Novice (Beginner/Intermediate) wrestlers.  

Registration for Open/Advanced wrestlers includes four practices per week, a Tournament Apparel package (Custom Singlet, Shorts and Pullover) as well as two practice shirts.  

Registration for the Novice (Intermediate/Beginner) wrestlers includes two practices per week, a loaner singlet and two practice shirts.  

All wrestlers that decide to participate in the District tournament will have registration dues paid for.  Wrestlers that place at that tournament and qualify for the Nebraska USA State tournament will have registration dues paid for as well (not including USA Wrestling Card).


Do I need to purchase additional gear?

Wrestling shoes will be required on the mats and tournaments.  You can purchase shoes via our online team store (link below) or any local sports store.  Singlets are required and will be provided by the club through registration.  Open/Advanced will be fitted for custom singlets and all Novice level wrestlers will be provided a loaner singlet if they decide to participate in a tournament.  Headgear is optional for local youth competitions.  However, it will be required if you participate in state or national tournaments.


How do I know what practice group my child will be in?

After registration closes, the board will finalize practice groups and you will be notified at that time.  Note – any wrestler with more than two years of wrestling experience must register for the Open/Advanced group.  Exceptions can be made if they have not wrestled in any tournaments.


I would like to become a volunteer coach – Who do I contact?

We welcome any and all individuals that would like to volunteer as a coach assisting kids in practice or tournaments as needed.  During the registration process, there is a section that will ask if you are interested in volunteering.  If you are unsure at the time of registration, but decide it looks like so much fun, feel free to reach out to one of the head coaches during a practice to express interest.


Who will be my child’s coach?

We have a great group of volunteer coaches on staff that will assist in providing your child the skills required to wrestle. Based on feedback we have received in previous years; a few coaches will rotate through the practice groups so kids and coaches can become familiar with one another. Look for coaching profiles to show up soon as a new feature of the website!

Covid-19 Procedures and Protocol

The health, safety and overall well-being of everyone involved in our programs, from players, officials, coaches, staff and spectators is always our #1 priority and concern. The following procedures and protocols are important steps for our program to maintain a healthy environment and to continue to allow the kids the opportunity to compete on the mat this season.  We understand these procedures and protocols can be cumbersome, difficult and challenging, and not always the friendliest, but we must all work together to make sure we all do the right things, at all times, this season.  Our expectation is that everyone who wants to be a part of the youth sports experience will understand and follow these procedures and protocols.  We have to work together and all be on the same page! Therefore, the following protocols must be followed by all athletes, coaches, spectators and officials at all practices and games involving our programs:

Self-Monitoring:

Every adult who is responsible for providing care for children in these settings must be aware of these facts and be willing to comply with the infection control measures that are in place in order to protect all players, coaches, officials, spectators and staff.  Adults should monitor the health of their children and not allow them to participate in activities if they are feeling ill and/or exhibit any symptom of COVID-19 (cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle/body aches, rash, sore throat, new loss of taste or smell, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting).

Close contact with an Individual with COVID-19 Symptoms: a close contact is defined as any individual who was within 6 feet of an infected person for at least 15 minutes total withing 24 hours, starting from 2 days before illness onset (or, for asymptomatic patients, 2 days prior to positive specimen collection) until the time the patient is isolated. Anyone with close contact with a person who exhibits symptoms or tests positive for COVID-19 should stay home or be sent home. They should follow CDC guidelines for self-monitoring and procedures for community-related exposures. If COVID-19 Symptoms are exhibited during an event: If a coach, player, official, spectator or staff member exhibits symptoms during an event, they should be immediately sent home or to a healthcare facility depending on the severity of the symptoms. They should not be allowed to return to an event or participate in any related activity until they have met the CDC criteria to discontinue isolation (see below). Parents/Guardians or supervising adults need to contact their primary care physician and promptly seek COVID-19 testing and report results to the Program Administrator at EWCneb@gmail.com given the implications for other children, families and staff.

Coach/Player/Official/Spectator/Staff Return to Attend/Participate:

If a member has been diagnosed with COVID-19 they will not be allowed to return to participation until 14 days of quarantine and all three of the following criteria are met:

● at least three days (72 hours) have passed since recovery (fever free without the use of medications)

● the individual has improvement in symptoms

● at least 10 days have passed since symptoms first appeared and individual has received negative test results.

Children or parents who have been in contact with a COVID-19 positive individual cannot participate until the quarantine period ends and both children and adult(s) have tested negative and receive clearance from a physician. Notification: Parents immediately notify the Program Administrator (EWCneb@gmail.com) of any lab confirmed case of COVID- 19 while complying with state, privacy/confidentiality laws and with the Americans With Disabilities Act. Our program Administrator will work with the Head Coach and local health officials regarding close contact COVID-19 cases. We will require those who have had close contact with a person diagnosed with COVID-19 to stay home, self-monitor for symptoms and follow CDC guidance, if symptoms develop. For any person that has tested positive for Covid-19, a physician’s note allowing participation is required before the person will be allowed to return to play.

Spectator Attendance:

Spectators are not allowed at sports practices.  Players are not to enter the facilities more than 20 minutes prior to the start of their event.  Spectators must clean hands using soap and water or hand-sanitizer prior to entering the game field area/facility.  Social distancing is required and will be enforced.  Wearing of masks outside is not required, but is highly recommended, especially if social distancing cannot be avoided.  For indoor events, masks are required at all times, for all spectators. Spectators are expected to social distance away from other spectators at all times.

Athletes, Coaches and Officials:

All players, coaches and athletes must wash their hands prior to entering any practice or game area/facility by washing with soap and water or hand-sanitizer. For indoor events, players must wear a mask into the facility and continue to wear during practice unless actively wrestling with their core practice group (3-5 wrestlers max). Players and coaches are encouraged to bring hand-sanitizer with them to the practice and games and use it as often as possible, when not participating in a match. Players must be social distanced as often as possible during warmups, team meetings, on the sidelines or team benches, during practices or games. For outside events, coaches are required to wear masks whenever they cannot social distance from officials, other coaches and players at both practices and games. For inside events, coaches must wear their masks at all times. Players are not required to wear a mask during game competition, but must social-distance as often as possible. Players must bring their own water bottle/drink to each practice and game. They are not allowed to share a team hydration source or share a drink with other players or coaches. Players must refrain from helping up teammates and opposing players. No handshakes, fist bumps, elbow bumps or high fives with teammates, coaches, officials and the opposing teams before, during and after practices or games.  Players are requested to leave the area/facility immediately after practices or games once they have used hand-sanitizer. Cleaning / Disinfecting Surfaces: Coaches must disinfect any areas, surfaces, or shared objects used during the practices or games, immediately after competition.  This includes team benches, balls, cones, etc. 

WAIVER/RELEASE FOR COMMUNICABLE DISEASES INCLUDING COVID-19

ASSUMPTION OF RISK / WAIVER OF LIABILITY / INDEMNIFICATION AGREEMENT

In consideration of being allowed to participate on behalf of the aforementioned programs and related events and activities, the undersigned acknowledges, appreciates, and agrees that:

< >Participation includes possible exposure to and illness from infectious diseases including but not limited to MRSA, influenza, and COVID-19. While particular rules and personal discipline may reduce this risk, the risk of serious illness and death does exist; and, I knowingly and freely assume all such risks, both known and unknown, even if arising from the negligence and the releases or others, and assume full responsibility for my participation; and, I willingly agree to comply with the stated and customary terms and conditions for participation as regards protection against infectious diseases. If, however, I observe and any unusual or significant hazard during my presence or participation, I will remove myself from participation and bring such to the attention of the nearest official immediately; and, I, for myself and on behalf of my heirs, assigns, personal representatives and next of kin, release and hold harmless Elkhorn Wrestling Club, their officers, officials, other participants, sponsors, advertisers, and if applicable, owners and lessors of premises used to conduct the event (“Releasees”), with respect to any and all illness, disability, death, or loss or damage to person or property, whether arising from the negligence of releasees or otherwise, to the fullest extent permitted by law.