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Secondary - Interschool 2018

Higher Risk Activity


A fully stocked first aid kit must be readily accessible. (Consult Appendix D - Sample First Aid Kit)

A working communication device (e.g., cell phone) must be accessible.

Determine that all equipment is safe for use (e.g., no sharp edges, sharp corners, cracks, or splinters). Students must be encouraged to report equipment problems to the coach.

Wrestling mats being used need to be mats manufactured and approved by the manufacturer for wrestling, and be in good repair.

Determine that mats are not damaged to the point where the mat is compromised (e.g. large pieces of foam missing).

Utility or add-a-mat systems may be used for practices only. Determine that mats and joining systems are in good condition. Mats must be attached together or aligned so separation does not occur.

Wrestlers with orthodontic devices must wear appropriate mouth protection.


Appropriate clothing must be worn. Wrestling uniforms consistent with current rules must be worn.

Wrestling shoes or appropriate footwear (no sharp edges, lace tips on shoes). No bare feet permitted.

No glasses permitted.

The wearing of jewellery during practices and competitions must meet the rules of the governing body of the sport/activity, OFSAA, and local athletic association. Consult the Generic Section when jewellery is not addressed by the governing body of the sport/activity, OFSAA or the local athletic association.

When long hair poses a safety risk it must be secured. Devices (e.g. hair pins, clips and barrettes) used to tie back long hair must not present a safety concern.


Determine that all facilities are safe for use. Students must be encouraged to report facility problems to the coach.

Mat surface and surrounding area must be free of all obstacles (e.g., tables chairs) and must provide safe footing and traction.

Mat surfaces must be checked regularly for irregularities and be cleaned prior to use.

Allow suitable clearance from the edge of wrestling area to surrounding walls.

Turning points, finish lines, end zones, and boundaries must be a safe distance away from walls, stages, equipment, trees, posts, natural hazards, and holes. Walls, stages, equipment, trees and posts must not be used as turning points, finish lines, end zones or boundaries. A marker (e.g. line or pylon) must be designated and be properly identified.

Surrounding walls must be padded if clearance from mat surface is less than 2m (6’6”).

Consult the Fundamentals of Safety for the opening and closing of gymnasium divider doors/curtains.

When running takes place off school site for a warm-up or conditioning run:

  • Coaches must do a safety check ‘walk through’ in order to identify potential problems prior to initial use of route or course.
  • Coaches must outline to the students the route or course (e.g., notice of areas to approach with caution) before the start of the run.
  • Coaches must determine that students are not crossing busy intersections unless directly supervised.

Special Rules/Instructions

Be aware of students whose medical condition (e.g., asthma, anaphylaxis, casts, previous concussion, orthopaedic device) may affect participation. (Consult Fundamentals of Safety)

Students must not participate in the activity until they receive information on concussion prevention specific to the activity, inherent risks of the activity (e.g. outline possible risks and ways to minimize the risks), and procedures and rules for safe play. Students must receive instruction on the importance of reporting symptoms related to a suspected concussion.

Refer to the school board’s transportation procedures related to communicating with parents/guardians the location of an off-site activity and the means of transportation used as well as to the need for obtaining parent/guardian permission.

Previous training, fitness level and the length of time and intensity of physical activity must be taken into consideration.

The activities must be based on skills that are taught.

The skills must be taught in proper progression.

A proper warm-up and cool-down must be included.

Fair play and rules of the sport must be taught and strictly enforced.

Athletes must wrestle with partners of similar weight, strength and ability.

Maximum time limit of 3 minutes per round.

Match length may be shortened if desired.

There must be a minimum of 15 minutes between matches.

Ground or ‘par terre’ and standing wrestling permitted.

Throwing permitted only when break fall/roll techniques have been well established.

Athletes may referee under the supervision of the coach in practice. Only trained and certified officials for competition.

Warm up activities must emphasize conditioning and flexibility.

Fingernails must be closely trimmed.

Benefits of headgear must be outlined to student athletes.

The hazards of improper eating practices and severe weight loss techniques must be outlined to athletes.

Adequate liquid replacement (personal water bottles, water fountains) must be accessible for students before, during and after physical activity to prevent dehydration.


On-site supervision is required.

Constant visual supervision is required during initial instruction of techniques for holds and releases.

Students must be informed that the use of equipment and the gymnasium are prohibited without supervision. In addition to verbal communication, the doors must be locked or signs must be posted indicating that students are not allowed to use the gym unless appropriately supervised.

Coaching Qualifications

The head coach must demonstrate knowledge of the sport, skills and strategies to the principal or designate.

All coaches must be familiar with and implement where applicable the criteria outlined in Appendix P – Coaching Expectations.

At least one wrestling coach must possess one of the following coaching qualifications:

  • NCCP Competition Coach – Competition-Introduction Part 1 Course
  • NCCP Competition Coach – Competition-Introduction Part 2 Course
  • Accreditation as a NCCP Wrestling Learning Facilitator
  • Completion of wrestling NCCP level 1 and/or level 2 certification in the past
  • Attendance at a clinic or workshop within the last three years provided by an instructor who is knowledgeable of the activity (e.g., appropriate skills and progressions), and where safety is addressed as outlined in the Ontario Physical Education Safety Guidelines.
  • Past experience within the last 3 years as a coach in wrestling, having knowledge of the activity (e.g., appropriate skills and progressions) and current safety practices as outlined in the Ontario Physical Education Safety Guidelines.

For more information on sport-specific NCCP training please visit coach.ca.

Coaching resources can be found at Ontario Amateur Wrestling Association.

First Aid

The individual who takes responsibility for providing first aid to injured athletes must:

  • as a minimum, have a current first aid certification from a recognized first aid provider (e.g., St. John Ambulance , Red Cross) that includes CPR B or C and training in head, neck and spinal injury management;
  • be in the area and readily accessible during the entire practice/competition;
  • follow their school’s First Aid Emergency Response (consult Appendix E - Sample First Aid Plan and Sample First Aid Emergency Response);
  • follow their school board's concussion protocol for a suspected concussion; and
  • not be a participant in the activity.

Universal precautions (e.g., using impermeable gloves, consult Appendix K - Universal Precautions – Blood and Bodily Fluids) must be followed when dealing with situations involving blood and other bodily fluids.

Also see Fundamentals of Safety section to view complete safety requirements.