Friday, October 17, 2014

U.S. Grappling requests opinions on Shirtless Grappling

U.S. Grappling is conducting an informal, non-scientific survey on shirtless grappling. They want to know whether grapplers should be required to wear a shirt or rash guard, or if they should be allowed to compete shirtless. Submission grapplers have traditionally competed shirtless and most organizations allow an option to wear a shirt or rash guard or not, so requiring a shirt would be the change here.

The main concerns seem to be sweat or the spread of skin infections. However, shirts and rash guards do little to prevent the spread of skin infections, the main preventatives here are checking athletes for signs of infection before competition and good hygiene before and after competition. And sweat soaks right through a shirt or rash guard anyway, but a wet shirt will hold the moisture against your skin and begin to smell much faster.

Others prefer the shirtless uniform for comfort, tradition, or hygiene reasons. And some simply think the choice should be left up to the athlete. One commenter suggested that they should rather ban loose and baggy shirts that may tangle and get in the way during competition.

It is still fairly early as of this writing, so feel free to go and cast your vote on the survey.

















(The pictures are actually from another organization, the North America Grappling Association.)
You can vote on the petition here.
You can comment on the related Facebook post here.

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Why shouldn’t wrestlers have a shirtless uniform option?

Wrestlers certainly seem to have a propensity for shirtlessness. It seems to come pretty naturally, at an early age you notice that guys who are just wrestling around for fun often pull off their shirts.


Competitive wrestlers also seem to prefer to go shirtless. All over the country, high school wrestlers take shirtless team pictures:



 




They have shirtless workouts and practices:








Even in competition, often the first thing they do after stepping off the mat is to pull down the straps of their singlet and essentially go shirtless:

 






None of this seems to be an issue, so why not let guys compete in compression shorts or something of that nature? Most people I have talked to who have any objection seem to base it mostly on what they believe other people will think. I suspect that quite a few guys who really favor a shirtless wrestling uniform are hesitant to speak out about it because they are concerned about what others will think. Well, if you are one of those guys, it should reassure you that most guys actually feel the same way you do. In fact, a lot of people are hesitant to express themselves until they see others expressing the same thing[1]. But why not be a leader? If you prefer to wrestle shirtless, sign this petition and share it with your friends, team mates, coaches, etc. Actually, there is a good life lesson here:

Be free to express yourself and don’t worry too much about what other people think.

Monday, September 1, 2014

Petitioning for a shirtless wrestling uniform on change.org


 Someone recently created a petition on change.org addressed to various governing bodies of the sport of wrestling to get shirtless wrestling uniforms accepted as an official alternative to the singlet. In a previous survey, most guys preferred a shirtless uniform alternative. If you are among them, sign the petition and let your voice be heard!