WEST VIRGINIA MAT THOUGHTS
by Dr. Bill Welker
... on Tips for Head Wrestling Coaches
Every mentor has the responsibility of attempting to keep all his athletes enthused and this includes wrestling coaches.
Below are ten factors that head wrestling coaches should consider as part of their philosophy for develping content grapplers:
If you truly want a wrestling program that caters to the interests of your matmen, follow the above guidelines and your team
members will experience much more satisfaction--win or lose.
1. Include frequent "fun" activities when creating
daily practice schedules.
- 2. Add a little variety to your daily practice
- 3. Always seek ways of strengthening your program.
Attending coaches' clinics will aid you in this
- 4. Recognize the little (as well as big) successes
of every one of your matmen.
- 5. Constantly emphasize team work or cooperation
with your wrestlers.
- 6. Realize that all athletes are different and not
always going to perfectly execute moves in
practice and during competition.
- 7. Be a model of leadership for your wrestlers to
- 8. Hold short weekly meetings where open lines of
communicate can take place.
- 9. Keep coaching goals in the ability range of your
- 10. See to it that all members of the team are given
the opportunity to compete often throughout the
season. In other words, along with your varsity
schedule have a vigorous junior varsity and freshman
schedule as well.
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Updated October 22, 1998