Lowell will have its CIF Section hydration testing next Saturday, Nov. 9. We will meet in the SOTA upper parking lot no later than 7:15am on Nov. 9. PLEASE BE ON TIME!
This test is MANDATORY for all high school wrestlers in the state of California. If you do not take it; you cannot participate in Lowell wrestling.
Prior to taking this test, it’s important that you are well hydrated…meaning you have lots of water in your system. Therefor, you should start drinking lots of water starting Friday (Nov. 8) evening and continuing 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 to take this test.
Also, there is a CIF Wrestling Weight Certification form in the Forms section of this site that each of you needs
to print out, have a parent/guardian sign, and you sign.
Lastly, the CIF Section assesses schools $10 per wrestler for this test. This amount compensates the UCSF sports medicine personnel who conducts this test. You will each need to provide that to me.
Please submit the signed weight management parent permission form and $10 payment to me no later than 6pm Wednesday, Nov. 6. If payment is an undue hardship to you/your family, please let me know privately.
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.
The reason for these minimums if for your health safety.
This test 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 x 1.5%]
minimum weight end of week 2: 155.2 lbs (156.6 x 1.5%)
minimum wrestling weight: 151.68lbs [(12.2% – 7%) x 160 = 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.