COBRA Optimist Wrestling Club of Council Bluffs

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Have questions about Cobra Wrestling?
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Lessons will start September 11th for one hour 10-11 (must have at least two year experience with Cobra and have signed up for Cobra wrestling 2016-2017 wrestling season). Contact us via the link below to sign up.
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On-Line Signups for Wrestling is Open
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In Person Signups October 26, 2016 from 6:00 - 7:00pm in the TJAC
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Order your singlet now On-Line
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Volunteer forms for Coaches - Must fill out and turn in
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Cost of Wrestling

The cost of wrestling is $25 per wrestler. This cost includes entry into either the "Leo Cash Beginner Tournament" or the "Cobra Wrestling Club Advanced Tournament" ($12 value) and it also pays for your raffle tickets ($15 value). Raffle tickets ($15 per book) will be issued to each wrester to sell. You sell them, keep the money, turn in the stubs. Additional raffle tickets can be issued for you to sell to defer the cost of wrestling. The drawing will be held during the "Cobra Wrestling Club Tournament". Prizes are: 1st ($100), 2nd ($75) and 3rd ($50).
As with all COBRA sports, family membership in COBRA is required. The annual family membership in COBRA is $20 and must be renewed every year.

Important Cobra Wrestling Information

When is the first practice?
First Practice for TOT wrestlers - November 28, 2016
First Practice for Beginner wrestlers - November 22, 2016
First Practice for Intermediate wrestlers - November 7, 2016
First Practice for Advanced wrestlers November 2, 2016

Where can I see the practice schedule?
The practice schedule can be seen by clicking on the "Schedule" link on the wrestling home page.

Where do practices take place?
All practices 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. Practice times will be posted on the calendar.

How do I know if practice is cancelled?
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.

What is a TOT?
A TOT is a first year wrestler Pre-K and Kindergarten. These young wrestlers will practice on Monday and Wednesday nights 5:45-6:30.

What is a Beginner?
A beginner is a wrestler in 1st, 2nd or 3rd grade. (3rd grade wrestler that has not talked to a coach about advance Intermediate practices should practice with the beginner group. This will allow them to learn at a rate more suitable for them). A coach may ask that some wrestlers in this group move up to the advanced or intermediate rank. Practice time for these wrestlers will be on Tuesdays and Thursdays, 5:45-6:45.

What is an Intermediate Wrestler?
A wrestler that 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. Practice will be Monday 6:30-8:00, Tuesday 7:00-8:00 and Thursday 6:30-8:00pm.

What is an Advanced Wrestler?
Wrestlers in 4th grade and above. Advanced wrestlers will practice on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday 6:30 - 8:00pm.

Should I order a wrestling singlet, and if so, when?
We strongly recommend you get a singlet for your little wrestler. Singlets are $45 each and can be ordered from our website. You need to know your weight before ordering. Singlets are ordered per your weight. These are high quality singlets and will last a good number of years. We will do at least two orders, the last one being November 29th. The first order will go in after we have orders for 30 singlets, so get your orders in soon. Delivery time can be as long as 6 weeks. Once delivered, orders can be picked up in the wrestling room.

When will Team and individual pictures be taken?
Thursday January 12, 2017 is picture day. If you want to wear a Cobra singlet, it must be ordered by November 29th (Last order) to get it in by picture day. Orders can take up to 6 weeks to be delivered.

When is our Tournament and do I need to attend?
January 14, 2017 Advance Tournament
January 15, 2017 Beginner Tournament
Wrestlers are expected to attend and participate in our tournament. The cost of these tournaments is included in your wrestling fee. Parents are also expected to volunteer and help out for this tournament. Beginner parents usually help on the advanced tournament and advanced parents on the beginner tournament. Weigh-ins for our tournament will be Thursday January 12th.

How do I know which tournament to attend?
We will make every attempt to post the tournaments the coaches will be at on our website. Listen up during practice, coaches will alert you to the upcoming tournaments. If you are not sure if a tournament is right for you, just ask a coach.
Click here for the calendar of events

Can I wrestle in both of our tournaments?

How do I contact Cobra Wrestling?
There is a link on our website "Contact Us", you can use this to contact the coaches.
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You can also follow us on Facebook. There is a link to this on our website. Facebook is used to pass out information not to communicate messages to coaches.
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Can I sell more than 1 book of raffle tickets and if so, what can that money be used for?
After selling your first book of raffle tickets, any books you sell thereafter goes to you to help defray the cost of tournaments, wrestling shoes or any other wrestling expense as you see fit. All you need to do is turn in the stubs for the drawing. The drawing will be held during our tournament.

Are there monthly dues?
No, there are no re-occurring costs.

What should my child wear for practice?
Clean practice gear should be worn at all times. No jeans or clothing with zippers or buttons is allowed on the mats, as they can injure other wrestlers and tear the mats. Sweat pants, shorts, tee shirts, and sweatshirts are appropriate. Remember, if a singlet is worn to practice, it is now dirty and needs to be washed before wearing again. Wrestling shoes should not be worn to practice, they need to be carried in. Put your wrestling shoes on downstairs or in the wrestling room. Also, no street shoes will be allowed on the mat. If you do not have wrestling shoes, then socks can be worn for practice.

Do I have to take my child to tournaments?
No, but wrestlers are expected to participate in our tournament.

How much does it cost to go to the tournaments?
Tournament costs vary; they range from $10 to $20 and some even more. Most tournaments we go to cost between $12 - $15.

What do you need for tournaments?
Although some tournaments require an AAU or USA card, most will just require you to pay the entry fee. A uniform / singlet is also needed and can be purchased locally. Wrestling shoes are nice to have but not necessary for these events.

Can I watch my child practice?
Due to the rapid growth of our club, we do not have a lot of room in our practice facility for spectators. You are welcome to go up there to watch or check on your child. If you wish you either drop off your child for practices, or spend the practice time downstairs where it's cooler. Coaches will always be available to assist with any and all questions concerning practice or competition. If you come up into the wrestling room, remember, TAKE YOUR SHOES OFF, NO STREET SHOES ON THE WRESTLING MATS.
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Useful Links

The Predicament
USA Wrestling
Track Wrestling
AAU Sports
TJ Athletics
AL Athletics
Matside Nebraska

Iowa Hawkeyes
Iowa State Cyclones
UNI Panthers
Council Bluffs Schools
River city Conference

Who We Are


Cobra Wrestling was started back 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.

Football + Wrestling = Success

Wrestling Helps a Football Player Develop:
1. Agility - The ability to change the position of his body efficiently.
2. Quickness - The ability to make a series of movements in a very short period of time.
3. Balance - The maintenance of body equilibrium through muscular control.
4. Flexibility - The ability to make a wide range of muscular movements.
5. Coordination - The ability to put together a combination of movements in a flowing rhythm.
6. Endurance - The development of muscular and cardiovascular-respiratory stamina.
7. Muscular Power (explosiveness) - The ability to use strength and speed simultaneously.
8. Aggressiveness - The willingness to keep on trying or pushing your adversary at all times.
9. Discipline - The desire to make the sacrifices necessary to become a better athlete and person.
10. Winning Attitude - The inner knowledge that you will do your best - win or lose.

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Dan Gable Explains...


Are you a Trophy Hunter Novice Wrestling Parent?

Are you a Trophy Hunter Novice Wrestling Parent?
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.
What is the purpose of Novice 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.
Novice Wrestling has become Tainted
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.
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.
A Wrestling Trophy is not the Point 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.

Parent Do's and Don't

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.

Wrestler Responsibilities

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.

To All

Do not criticize the officials. Unless you have been there, you have no idea how challenging officiating can be. Expect that in some matches your child could lose as a result of an error on the part of an official or score keeper. That's life. Help your child to understand that the official does their best to score the match fairly, and that it is important that we respect the ruling of the officials regardless of how we feel about the situation.

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Raffle Winners

Summer Raffle Winners

1st Place ($100): Ed Kermoade
2nd Place ($75): Mark Kindred (Mark generously donated his winnings back to Cobra)
3rd Place ($50): Ed Kermoade

Basketball/Volleyball Raffle Winners

1st Place ($100): Rene Havermann
2nd Place ($75): Wendee Brown
3rd Place ($50): Shannon Meister

Wrestling Raffle Winners

1st Place ($100): Rocky German
2nd Place ($75): Trisha Sorenson
3rd Place ($50): Glenda Pinkard

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