Western Regional Eligibility
During the past Western Regional tournament there was a general outcry regarding the method by which we outfitted the Team Washington wrestlers. The policy was that we provided a t-shirt and hat to those athletes who qualified for the team by placing 1-6 at the Washington State Kids Freestyle Championship tournament. Those who petitioned into the tournament did not receive the "uniform".
Last year there were a large number of petitions. These petitions were categorized four ways. 1) An athlete who attended the state championship but did not place. 2) An athlete who did not attend the championship because of injury or some other commitment. 3) An athlete who petitioned directly to the tournament director in Pocatello in advance of the tournament. 4) An athlete who showed up at the tournament site and petitioned into the tournament on the spot.
This year we would like to ensure that every wrestler who is on Team Washington either through having earned the place via our state tournament or having been accepted via a legitimate petition is provided with Team Washington gear. To that end we have established the following rules for being accepted onto the team. All are subject to the entry deadlines as published by the State Kids Directors.
Team Washington Western Regional Participation Eligibility
*For the purposes of these requirements a complete and legal entry/petition is considered one that is submitted on time, to the Western Washington State Kids Director, with an entry form that is complete. The submitted entry must be accompanied by the requisite birth certificate copy and any petition substantiating documentation (see 3 and 4 above).
There will be no "on the spot" petitions supported by the Washington State Kids Directors this year. Additionally, if a wrestler wishes to wrestle multiple styles at W. Regionals, they must either wrestle in both qualifiers (freestyle and Greco-Roman) or follow the petition procedure for the tournament that was missed (e.g. if the wrestler competes and qualifies in the kids or cadet freestyle tournament but does not compete in the Greco tournament, the petition rules apply for entry into the Greco tournament at W. Regionals).