Team Summer Camp
Taking your team to a wrestling camp during the summer can
yield many benefits, but they require lots of planning and effort.
The first thing you'll need to decide is which type of camp you
want them to attend. You can choose from three types:
Technique Camps - for the great bulk of developing
high school wrestlers, their greatest need is usually more familiarity
with various positions, a broader range of set-ups and little
bits of "know-how" about various moves plus the ability
to correctly drill those moves.
Competition Camps - the emphasis here is matches, matches
and more matches!
Intensive Training Camps - these are best suited for
the more accomplished, older wrestlers. Don't have a wrestler
attend one of these camps unless they are dedicated to the sport
and capable of performing in an intense environment! It may do
more harm than good.
Which camp is best for your team? It might be that a combination
technique/competition camp would provide you with the best of
both worlds. Do your homework in selecting one.
Some other things to consider include:
- Cost - some families may not be able to afford to
send their kid to camp. Making sure that every kid who wants
to go does go may require some fund raising activities.
- Supervision - it's far better to have an excess of
adult supervision than too little.
- In-house Camp - an alternative to attending a summer
camp is to conduct one of your own "in-house". This
won't yield as many benefits, but can greatly simplify things.
Don't do all the coaching yourself. Bring in guest clinicians
including former outstanding alumni.
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