- Nominate your team's most prolific fan to the Wrestling Super
Fan Hall-of-Fame. Click here for
- Banquet - Here are some tips on
how to organize and conduct a banquet.
- State Tournament Contest
- Here's an idea to spark interest in the upcoming State Tournaments.
- Academic Certificate (pdf
or cwk) - One thing you
can do at the banquet is to present Academic Certificates.
- Theodore Roosevelt has some advice for wrestling coaches
this time of year: "Do what you can with what you have,
where you are."
- Many states have completed the scholastic season with the
rest of the country close behind. It's important to take a break;
how long depends depends on the individual. Begin formulating
a plan for the preseason months. This blank Pre-season
Planner might help as well as this: Creating
a Great Wrestling Program.
- If you are fortunate enough to coach an exceptional wrestler
or two, this article, Keeping
It Real, might help you out.
- Form a wrestling club. You'll find lots of ideas at Resources
for Wrestling Club.
- Off-season Program - Create an off-season
program that works without badgering your wrestlers! You don't
need a wrestling club or open mats to run this program.
- Coach's PIP - Coaches, like
their wrestlers, need to work in the offseason to improve their
game or in this case their coaching skills. You should start
by thinking about a Professional Improvement Plan (PIP). Here
are some things that might make your list.
- One last point: Follow the off-season rules and regulations
as set forth by your school, school district, conference and,
of course, your respective state athletic associations. Follow
the rules to the letter. If you're going to teach sportmanship
to your wrestlers, there is no better way than by setting a good
- Coaches, like their wrestlers, need to work in the offseason
to improve their game or, in this case, their coaching skills.
With that in mind you need to participate in USA Wrestling's
National Coaches Education Program. Contact
your state's USAW's Association to register. Go for the Copper,
Bronze, Silver or Gold!
- This time of year many school libraries are ordering new
books. At the very least each library should subscribed to Wrestling
USA Magazine. Some good wrestling novels for students
Season on the Mat and Call
Me Coach. Check out our Coach's
Store for a dozen great selections.
- Selecting and Training
Team Captains - Here's a procedure for selecting team captains
that uses an application and interviews as part of the process.
Once selected, train them to be effective leaders! Here's how.
- Team Summer Camp - Here's
some tips on getting your kids to a attend a team summer camp.
- Make plans to attend a coaching clinic. There is no better
way to get psyched up about next season and you're sure to learn
a thing or two!
- Join your state's wrestling coaches association and/or your
state's all-sports coaching association.
- Superman Club - Here's an
idea that will build better wrestlers and future coaches, but
you may have to keep it a secret!
- Contribute - Add something,
anything, to WrestlingAssistant.com!
- Note Taking - Attending a clinic
or camp? Well, you better take good notes! Here's how.
- Previous Reading Lists
- Next month (July) we'll present our summer reading list for
2007 so you may want to check out the previous lists first.
- Wrestling Information Person - We
know it's early but you may want to start thinking about who
is going to do what. This job may take two or three people. Train
- Preseason Checklist
- This is a list of things to do before the first practice. Modify
it to fit your needs.
- Preseason Coaches
Meetings - Conduct an Organizational Meeting and a Coaches
- To help access this website, bookmark our Homepage,
Alphabetical Index and Chronological Index. Be sure
to visit us often!
- Create a Promotional Booklet. This publication gives some
reasons for joining wrestling and information about meetings,
first practice, etc. Give out at gym classes and to members of
fall sports teams. This example is two sided, 8.5x14 PDF (outside - inside)
or Appleworks (outside
- In order to help coaches find information on our website
we've created a print version (pdf format) of our Alphabetical
Index and a Cover page.
Make sure all your coaches get a copy of this 5-page index.
- Plan the Team Meeting - This
is the most important meeting of the year so make it a good one!
- Create a Team Book - This is
the most important publication of the year so make it a good
- Plan the first four weeks of practices. This can be a difficult
task and coaches could use some help so we've put together a
bunch of resources for Planning
and Conducting Practices. Check them out and get started
- Two resources that can assist you in planning practices are
Tape #1 of Ray Nunamaker's outstanding videotape series Inside the Nazareth Wrestling Room
(buy the entire 5-tape series if you can) and 101
Wrestling Drills and Games by Keith Manos.
Scrimmage - A match scrimmage gives you a different level
of intensity and competitiveness than you can get out of a traditional
practice based scrimmage. Here's some tips.
Upset-of-the-Week (UOW1 or
or WOW2) certificates
Use poster Wrestling Crowd (doc
and pdf), to advertise your wrestling
Use the 4-Man Scrimmage
for Creating Coaches, Referees and Better Wrestlers.
During matches use a large index card (5x8) for each wrestler
so you can keep track of their mistakes. Discuss it with them
at the next practice and correct their mistakes. Just before
their next match go over it again. If you find it difficult to
write during a match, use a tape recorder and have a manager
transcribe the notes onto the cards at a later time.
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