Click here to sign up. In-person sign-up will be held at the first practice for the perspective group. Sign-ups close on December 31 or when capacity has been reached
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Cobra wrestling has joined with SWIFT wrestling to create the Advanced wrestling group that will consist of those wrestlers that are ready for the challenges ahead of them. Advance wrestling practice provides access to competitive workout partners, so wrestlers can practice dominating at any level. Wrestlers must learn to compete and dominate their competitors if they want to make it to the top. Advance wrestlers practice stays current with the latest trends of training and technique that wrestlers must know to keep a competitive edge. You either ADVANCE or you fall behind!
practice day and times are subject to change
5:45-6:45 Beginners (starts TBD)
6:45-7:45 Intermediate (starts TBD)
6:30-8:00 Advance/SWIFT @ Underwood (starts TBD)
5:45-6:30 TOTS (starts TBD)
6:30-8:00 Advance/SWIFT @ TJ
6:30-8:00 Advance/SWIFT @ Underwood
6:30-8:00 Advance/SWIFT @ TJ
Parents are welcome to help coach, fee's for coaches are waived. All coaches must have an AAU, USA card or Volunteer Packet filled out and turned in. Links for these are on the website. Coaches are expected to coach all kids and are expected to go to the tournaments listed on the website for their perspective group they coach.
You're wrestling fee gets you great coaches and regularly scheduled practice times. Days and time will be posted on the calendar. Coaches will be at pre-selected tournaments throughout the year to help you. Your wrestling fee also includes Raffle tickets, a $15 value.
On-Line sign-ups are now open (Click here). In-person sign-up will be held at the first practice for the perspective group. Sign-ups close on December 31.
Practices for TOT's, Beginners and Intermediates will be held at TJ in the Bill Smith Wrestling Room, located on the South side of the Thomas Jefferson Activity Center (TJAC) on 25th and 2nd Avenue. SWIFT practices will be split between TJ and Underwood. Practice times will be posted on the calendar.
1st Place ($100): Cynthia Bryant (donated back)
2nd Place ($75): Janet McIntosh
3rd Place ($50): Rene Christensen
We follow school policy. If school is cancelled, wrestling is cancelled. It is not possible for us to contact everybody, so if there is inclement weather and you suspect schools may get cancelled, then stay home and be safe. We will also do whatever we can to post this on Facebook.
Most of all, respect coaches and teammates. If the wrestler doesn't show respect towards the coaches and teammates he will not be a student of the sport, a good practice partner, or have good sportsmanship. There should be no back-talk to coaches or harassment of teammates. The wrestler's lack of respect can spread and infect an entire wrestling room if not dealt with immediately. The wrestler must know that it is a privilege to be in the wrestling room, not a right, and the privilege can be taken away at anytime to protect the whole of the team.
First wrestler cost is $25 and $15 for each additional wrestler from the same family. A TOT is a first year wrestler in Pre-K and Kindergarten. In fairness to the wrestler, this group will be limited to 40 wrestlers.
First wrestler cost is $40 and $25 for each additional wrestler from the same family. A beginner wrestler may be in 1st, 2nd or 3rd grade. (3rd grade wrestler that has not talked to a coach about intermediate practices should practice with the beginner group. This will allow them to learn at a rate more suitable for them). In fairness to the wrestler, this group will be limited to 40 wrestlers.
First wrestler cost is $45 and $25 for each additional wrestler from the same family. An intermediate wrestler might be in 2nd or 3rd grade that has been wrestling for 3 or more years, or a wrestler that is in 4th - 8th grade but is new to the sport. This will allow the wrestler to learn at a rate that is more suitable for them and have teammates closer to their size
The cost for SWIFT (Advanced) wrestling will be $75 and $50 for each additional wrestler from the same family. If you have more than one family member that is ready for SWIFT, talk to a coach about second and third wrestler pricing. SWIFT is for advanced wrestlers who are ready for the challenges that advanced wrestling brings. Some travel is required, possibly overnight stays. This level will also comprise the dual team
Cobra Wrestling was started in 2005 by August Manz. The goal was to provide kids, primarily in the west end an opportunity to wrestle where the cost of wrestling was reasonable, to provide solid coaching and to support the Wilson and TJ wrestling programs. At the time there was no wrestling program in the west end and the Wilson and TJ wrestling programs were suffering because of it. As time went on, club participation has grown. We now have kids from all over the community including from outlying area such as Omaha, Avoca, Blair and Glenwood to name a few, but our focus remains true to the west end. Wilson and TJ wrestling programs are now on the rise and we look for good things to come in the future. We welcome wrestlers from all over and hope our efforts will help improve wrestling for all schools in Council Bluffs and Southwest Iowa. Thank-you for your support of the Cobra Optimist Wrestling Club.
Rich Bartholomew, longtime coach and father of three active kids brought the idea for COBRA to Alan Byers, C.B. Fire Chief and Ed Kermoade, a teacher and coach at Wilson Jr. High. The first meeting of COBRA volunteers was held in Nov. of 1997 and brought together several pro-active youth sports and community leaders including Mark Brooks, Randy Smith, and Marty Brooks. At this meeting the foundation, goals, and mission of COBRA started taking shape based on the original concept that "every child should have the opportunity to play regardless of the cost." Upon receiving non-profit status, COBRA was on its way. An initial family membership fee of $5 registered kids of grades 3-8 into COBRA. Each child and parent is responsible to participate in fundraisers and community service projects throughout the year. The current cost is $15 annual family participation fee and includes sports programs all year long. Teams were put together with coaches from our original 50 kids and put in various leagues throughout the city. COBRA pays for fees, uniform and equipment costs. The number of COBRA participants has continued to grow over the years to our current 250. In the fall of 2005 COBRA proudly joined “Optimist International” and changed our name to the COBRA Optimist Club of Council Bluffs. We are the same great club and even more dedicated to fulfilling our mission. Our motto has always been and always will be, "For the Kids"
Wrestling in a novice division will only get your child so far. I think a lot of parents keep their kid in novice wrestling to increase their kid's trophy count. Are you one of those parents that kept your kid in novice, even after he was dominating every novice tournament he attended? Today, I would like to talk about the purpose of novice wrestling and why you should put your little wrestler in open as soon as possible. You are Holding your Child Back If your wrestler is winning every novice tournament they wrestle, it is time to move them to open. If you want your kid to become a better wrestler, he needs to wrestle kids that are better than him. Beating up on a true novice wrestler doesn't do your child or his opponent any good. You might be thinking you have a stud wrestler. The reality is that you are limiting your child's potential in the sport of wrestling.
The concept of novice wrestling is relatively new. The novice(rookie) division is for introducing children to the sport of wrestling. It allows them to develop the basics, so that when a wrestler is ready, he/she can compete with experienced wrestlers.
Over the years wrestling parents have figure out how to game the system. It is now common to see wrestlers in a novice division that should have went open a long time ago. I have even seen novice wrestlers who claim to be two time novice state champions.
If your wrestler is winning every novice tournament they wrestle, it is time to move them to open. If you want your kid to become a better wrestler, he needs to wrestle kids that are better than him. Beating up on a true novice wrestler doesn't do your child or his opponent any good. You might be thinking you have a stud wrestler. The reality is that you are limiting your child's potential in the sport of wrestling.
If your goal is to collect novice trophies to brag on your child, you are missing the point of wrestling. The whole point of wrestling is to teach your child how to be self-reliant, persevere through tough times, shoot for goals, and grow into a confident adult. Trust me. If your child sticks with wrestling, he will have more trophies and medals than you have room to put them. Eventually you will only display his most important wrestling accomplishments.http://wrestleclub.com/trophy-hunter-wrestling-parent/
Don't impose your ambitions or expectations on your child. Remember that wrestling is your child's activity. Improvements and progress occur at different rates for each individual.
Don't judge your child's progress based on the performance of other athletes and don't push them based on what you think they should be doing.
Be supportive no matter what. There is only one question to ask your child, "Did you have fun?" If meets and practices are not fun you should not force them to participate.
If at all possible, do not coach your child. Your job is to support, love and hug your child no matter what. Conflicting advice and criticism work against the coach's efforts and only serve to confuse and de-motivate your child. If you feel you have the experience and ability to contribute to the club as a coach, volunteer your services through the proper channels. Get involved. Your club needs your help and support. Attend parent and club meetings to find out how you can help.
Most importantly, show your child that you care by attending as many meets and tournaments as possible. Acknowledge your child's fears. Their opponents appear to be much more intimidating through their eyes than through the eyes of a grown-up. Consider their perspective and don't expect them to compete with the confidence and mental toughness of a seasoned expert.
Be a student of the sport. Wrestlers should focus on being students of the sport. In school if the wrestler doesn't study he will fail the test, likewise if the wrestler doesn't learn the techniques shown in practice he will lose the match. Coaches should emphasize the importance of being a student of the sport at every opportunity.
Be a good practice partner. If the wrestler doesn't practice the moves being shown not only will the wrestler not learn, but the wrestler's practice partner will not learn. Wrestlers need to learn the correct aggressiveness/resistance to use when practicing technique and wrestling live. Having a good practice partner is paramount to improving the wrestler's abilities.
Have good sportsmanship. Coaches and spectators should not be able to determine if the wrestler won or lost a match by the handshake alone. Wrestlers should not gloat when winning or throw tantrums when losing. Wrestlers should understand that crying during a wrestling match is not only bad sportsmanship but bad technique. One instance of bad sportsmanship by the wrestler during a match can negate an otherwise successful day of wrestling by the team.
Respect coaches and teammates. If the wrestler doesn't show respect towards the coaches and teammates he will not be a student of the sport, a good practice partner, or have good sportsmanship. There should be no back-talk to coaches or harassment of teammates. The wrestler's lack of respect can spread and infect an entire wrestling room if not dealt with immediately. The wrestler must know that it is a privilege to be in the wrestling room, not a right, and the privilege can be taken away at anytime to protect the whole of the team.