Resources for Youth Wrestling Coaches
compiled by WrestlingAssistant.com
Being a youth wrestling coach can be a great challenge and
below are a number of articles and ideas that can assist you
in this formidable task.
Philosophy and Coaching
- NEW Interview
Questions - Here are some questions
you might ask when selecting a youth wrestling coach.
101 - This slide presentation features
tips on philosophy, ethics, effective communication, teaching
strategies, recruiting, fund raising, managing a club, tournament
organization and more!
- Rules for Wrestling Coaches
- Here's nine rules you may want to coach by for a happier, healthier
and improving wrestling program.
- Be a Great Wrestling Coach
- Here's a list of 70 characteristics and habits of a great wrestling
- Top 10 Mistakes of a Young Coach
- The title tells it all!
- Fixing Kid's Sports
- This US News and World Report article is
a must read for parents, recreation and youth wrestling coaches.
to Grow a Super-Athlete - This NY Times
article, which every wrestling coach should read, suggests that
technique development at the youth level is vital.
Practice and Technique
Resources for Planning
and Conducting Practices - This is
a list of resources for planning and conducting practices - a
vital task for every coach.
Safety - This slide presentation features
tips on supervision, injury preventation, emergency action, dealing
with various types of injuries and injured wrestlers and more!
and Training - This slide presentation describes the various
components of effective practices and training sessions.
Drills - This slide presentation from with video describes
various agility drills that can be used to enhance wrestling
Drills - This slide presentation with video and audio describes
various wrestling drills.
Games video - This is a great slide presentation from with
video and audio describing various wrestling games.
- Wrestling Games article
- Fourteen "fun" games with which to lighten up intense
- Running Productive Kids Programs
- This article addresses some concepts and suggestions that can
help keep youth age practices on track and focussed on successful
- Skill-based Teams - One
of the major problems of coaching young wrestlers is getting
them to learn and execute good technique. A system of skill-based
teams or levels might be the solution for recreation and youth
- Team Alpha checklist - A checklist
of skills for a beginner's level team.
- Teach these terms and movements early as they can often be
used to expedite the teaching of a wide variety of technique.
- "M3-75" Practice Terminology
- Here's a tip that can make your practices more efficient.
- Drill: Boring, but Vital (pdf
and cwk) - This article tells why
drill is important and why it's so boring and what to do about
- Clean Wrestling Room - If a
wrestling mat is not cleaned properly athletes may catch skin
diseases. Here's how.
- The Science of Motivation Series includes: Challenge
- Achievement - Recognition
- Off-season Program
- Printable Posters - This
section includes nearly 30 printable posters - some humorous,
many motivational, all free!
- Motivational Sayings
- This massive list of motivational sayings can be accessed by
category such as Attitude, Adversity, Character,
etc. Click on the category you're interested in and you'll immediately
get a list of related sayings.
- Team Book - This is usually given
to the wrestlers at the start of the season, but you could create
one for the off-season as well. It contains lots of motivational
- Participation Cards
- Do you like to collect things? Well, most people do, including
wrestlers. Here's a motivational aid they'll like!
- Tournament Cards - You take a bunch of kids to a tournament
and at your next practice you want to encourage and motivate
them about good technique, conditioning, creating the upset,
etc. Give out these motivational cards which your wrestlers can
keep in clear plastic, baseball card holders. The cards here
are available in three versions: AppleWorks, MS Word and PDF. The first two versions can be changed to meet
your needs, but the PDF file cannot be altered; only viewed
- Cavalcade of Champions - This
motivational tool is a list of all the wrestlers that have taken
First Place in a Tournament while or after being a part of your
- Newsletter Example1, Example2
and Example3 - A newsletter
is a great way to communicate with your wrestlers and fans especially
in the off-season.
- Using E-mail - With more and more
people having access to the Internet, now is the time for coaches
to incorporate e-mail as one of their lines of communication.
Here's some tips.
- E-mail Club Example
- E-mail is fast, easy and much cheaper than the post office.
Here is an example of how one club uses it.
- NEW Elementary
Wrestling Program - Here's some great
ideas from the Greensburg Elementary Wrestling Program located
in Greensburg, IN.
- Better Competition
Concept - Here are some ideas that can energize and revolutionize
your wrestling program! Especially if you believe that the most
important statistic for a wrestling coach isn't how many dual
meets the team wins nor the number of state champs they produced,
but rather the number of wrestlers they have in the room on the
last day of practice.
- Grapevine Wrestling League
- This youth wrestling league does it right! Find out why.
- Madison System - Don't like
kids cutting weight? They don't have to if you use this procedure!
- Creative Competition Bracket - Are
you running a tournament, but dread seeding? Well, don't! Here's
- Bracket Sheets - This section
contains a wide variety of bracket sheets
DVDs and Videotapes
- Nunamaker's Videotape Series
- Although this is a videotape of high school wrestling, youth
coaches will find many ideas beneficial to their program. If
you want to learn how to coach from a legend you need see him
in action in the practice room. This outstanding, five-tape video
series brings you inside the Nazareth High School (PA) wrestling
room and covers sessions from the first day of practice until
the week before the States. Each tape contains at least two hours
of valuable information including practices, promotion tips,
fund-raising activities, weight control, conditioning and many
other aspects of coaching. Great for wrestling coaches at all
levels! More details. Purchase
- Ken Chertow's Kids
Wrestling DVD #6 -This DVD is a must buy for coaches and
parents of wrestlers ages 14 & under, as well as the wrestlers
themselves. Ken has two 10-year olds demonstrate and drill
the techniques that every youth wrestler must master, while also
pointing out the many mistakes young wrestlers tend to make. This
DVD is an essential tool for everyone involved in youth wrestling,
with a strong emphasis on takedowns, bottom moves, drills, and
training philosophies. Purchase here.
- Ken Chertow's Coaches
Clinic DVD #28 - Get a first hand
look at the key teaching points and many finer details of the
highest percentage techniques in wrestling. In addition to covering
a highly successful system of wrestling techniques, Coach Chertow
also shares extensive details on many of the essential ingredients
necessary to build a championship program. The information on
this 2 DVD set details the training methods, techniques, and
key points that are essential to success in the sport of wrestling
plus how to teach them to your students. Ken provides a detailed
look at program building, practice structure, drilling and conditioning
methods, and many other crucial areas such as mental preparation
and strength training. Purchase here.
- Youth Wrestling
Parents Guide - This free, recently revised guide in pdf
format is great not only for parents but can be used as a recruiting
tool and shared with business sponsors as well.
Wrestling Drills and Games - This new book by Keith
Mantos focuses on fundamental drills every coach can use
with his wrestlers so they avoid position mistakes, improve their
strength and stamina, and enhance their athleticism. The 100+
drills and games are thoroughly explained with locations, descriptions,
and coaching points, and cover: warm-up and flexibility, agility,
neutral position-offense, neutral position-defense, top position,
bottom position, endurance, stamina, and strength, resistance
training, competitive wrestling drills, and more. Contains nearly
Young Athletes the Ripken Way: Ensuring the Best
Experience for Your Kids in Any Sport by Cal Ripken,
Jr.. Since he retired from baseball in 2001, Cal Ripken, Jr.,
has devoted his time to coaching kids, including his own son
and daughter, who play baseball and basketball, among other sports.
With a baseball league of nearly 700,000 kids, ages 5-12, named
for him, he has also had a chance to meet and work with countless
young athletes. Cal Ripken's simple yet effective philosophy
for helping kids get the most out of playing sports is to keep
it simple, explain the "why," celebrate the individual,
and make it fun! But Ripken is troubled by what he sees in youth
sports: a competitive intensity that removes the element of fun
from playing. Now, drawing on his experiences as a father, a
player, and a coach to his charges at his youth baseball based
organization, Ripken Baseball, the legend offers his insights
and advice on how to approach organized sports with your kids
to ensure they have the best experience possible, stay fit, and
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