CIF Weight Assessment – Saturday, Nov. 5, 8:30am

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Lowell Wrestling will have its mandatory CIF Section weight assessment (aka “hydration”) testing done on Saturday, Nov. 5, 8:30am.

We will meet in the SOTA upper parking lot no later than 7:45 am on Nov. 5. PLEASE BE ON TIME!

Weight assessments by CIF-recognized medical personnel* are MANDATORY for all high school wrestlers in the state of California. If you do not take it; you cannot compete in high school wrestling in California.

There is a CIF Wrestling Weight Certification form in the Forms section of this site that each of you needs to print out. You and a parent/guardian should read it and return page three (signed by both of you) to me ASAP.

Prior to taking the assessment, it’s important that you are well hydrated…meaning you have lots of water in your system. You should start drinking lots of water starting Friday (Nov. 4) after practice and continuing drinking water when you wake up early Saturday morning. Refrain from sodas and caffeinated drinks during this time. Your urine should look clear as water when you go in for your weight assessment.

Please submit the signed weight management parent permission form to me no later than 6pm Wednesday, Nov. 2.

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The California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) is the governing body for all sanctioned high school athletics in the state. With respect to wrestling, CIF regulations state that male wrestlers may have no less than 7% and female wrestlers no less than 12% body fat to compete.

These minimums are for your health safety. In past decades, some wrestlers reduced their weight to dangerously low body fat percentages in an effort to wrestle at a lighter weight class. This resulted in some hospitalizations and a couple fatalities within a few college programs.

The weight assessment will determine your current body fat percentage. From that, your minimum wrestling weight on any given day as well as overall is determined. The maximum weight a wrestler may lose per week is 1.5% of their total body weight. They can keep losing 1.5% per week until their minimum wrestling weight is reached.

Here is an example of what I mean (using a male wrestler):

initial assessment weight: 160lbs
initial body fat percentage: 12.2%
minimum weight end of week 1: 157.6 lbs [160 – 1.5%]
minimum weight end of week 2: 155.2 lbs (157.6 x 1.5%)
minimum wrestling weight: 151.68lbs
[(12.2% – 7% = 5.2% total weight loss) x 160 – 4.8% = 151.68]

Before your body fat percentage is determined, you must first have a certain water content percentage in your urine. This is to prevent people from gaming the system by sweating out weight before the test (making their weight artificially low). Therefor, all wrestlers will need to drink lots of water the night before and the morning of this test.

—Coach Wise

* male and female medical staff from the UCSF PlaySafe Program will be conducting the urine gravity analyses and the weight assessments.