John Klessinger reflects on his experience with The Program, a leadership and team-building company for high school, college and professional teams, and shares ten of his most critical takeaways.
Nine points of emphasis that I have found pay big dividends if you want to be a successful coach. First, however, it is time that you must put into it. Nothing genuinely worthwhile ever comes easy. Nor does coaching a successful wrestling program.
It is always about progressing and learning more. Getting better each day. As I watched the Olympics, my eye was on the little things. The small details that will pay big dividends later on.
For many wrestling programs, team captains are selected to be leaders of the program. The selection process — as well as the role of a team captain — can vary by wrestling program. But it’s role that is held in high regard by many wrestling coaches.
Every wrestling coach has dealt with that one parent who makes things difficult. In fact, many coaches may cringe when they think of the difficulties they have had with certain parents over the years. Use these tips to help when such situations inevitably arise.
Wrestlers aren’t the only ones who need mental motivation and training. Coaches too, in fact, also need mental training, and to learn how to focus on the mental aspects of coaching to become better coaches.
Selecting clinicians to instruct at a wrestling camp can be a difficult but important decision. Wrestling clinicians bring different backgrounds, philosophies and strengths to the table. So how do you choose a clinician?
Every season, college wrestling coaches around the country face difficult decisions on whether or not to redshirt incoming recruits or wrestlers who have not redshirted. These redshirting decisions have immediate and future implications on both the individual and team.
It happens in every sport, at every level: Kids transfer from one school to another. At the high school level, there can be numerous factors. A parent moves to a new city or new state to take a new job. A family isn’t happy with a child’s current situation, so they move them from one school to another. Check out our quick guide on how to best handle transfers.
According to the National Wrestling Coaches Association, women’s wrestling is the fastest growing high school sport in the United States. In addition, the growth of women’s wrestling in American colleges has seen a 400 percent growth in the past five years.
With many camps of varying styles to choose from, selecting the right one can be a tricky and time-consuming process. Check out our helpful guide for choosing the best camp for your wrestlers.
Backups, or reserves, play a key role on a wrestling team, but it can oftentimes be a challenge to keep them motivated, especially if they are seeing very little action in competition. Learn how to get the most out of your backups and keep them motivated.
The use of film study has become increasingly widespread in virtually every sport, including wrestling.
Wrestling teams at all levels keep stats, but are you putting your data to work for you and maximizing your statistical advantage?
The sport of wrestling continues to change and evolve. Watch a wrestling match from the 1940s or 50s and it can look much different than a wrestling match today. As wrestling evolves, coaches must evolve as well, which means staying current on techniques and tactics from the developmental level to the Olympic level.daltonjensen680.jpg
We’ve compiled a list of great ideas for creating excitement around your home wrestling events. These ideas have already worked for some mat programs, and might just work at your school too.