1.To encourage participation
2.To build character
3.To develop coordination
4.To develop strength and conditioning
5.To teach wrestling skills
6.To help each wrestler achieve their full potential
7.To nurture a love for wrestling
Young people develop at different ages and at different speeds. Our club competes, and does so very successfully, but we consider it to be a developmental program. No wrestler is ever cut from our program, except for the rare discipline problem.
Young people have different levels of abilities, both natural and learned. All wrestlers are taught basic skills. Wrestlers showing progress are exposed to as much technique as we feel they can handle. Occasionally, we encounter a wrestler who absorbs everything we can teach him and becomes a champion, but our coaches get as much gratification from seeing the least accomplished wrestler improve, become competitive and win his first match. Tournaments are seeded, but in arranging duel meet matches experience and ability are considered so that mismatches are avoided. Better wrestlers are given more challenging opponents. It is rare to go undefeated and all wrestlers learn to both win and lost with grace and good sportsmanship.When a wrestler works hard on conditioning , works hard on technique, and frees his wrestling spirit, then that wrestler will be as successful as he possibly can.
Wrestling is a demanding sport physically and emotionally, but the rewards of enhanced self-esteem, learned sportsmanship, and physical development – as well as fun – are well worth it. If there are bumps along the way, please discuss them with the coaches. New wrestlers may take a loss hard,coming off the mat crying or angry. They will be met by a coach with words of encouragement and a hug, and with some instruction. Children are resilient and are playing and laughing a few minutes later.
We are teaching them how to win, but also how to lose. If they are winning their matches easily their matches the next week will be against better competition. If they are having a tough time, we will adjust for that. Questions about the match up process should be directed to the lead coach of the practice group.