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By: Thomas A. Long

USWA Bronze Certified Coach

Texoma Twisters Wrestling Club

Part IV: Awareness Series

Written for His House Ministries June 2004

WHAT WE PUT INTO A WRESTLER,

IS WHAT WE ARE GOING TO GET OUT

So many times we see youth wrestlers who are mean spirited. We see bad attitudes, bad conduct, bad sportsmanship, bad manners, and bad mouths. All to often these are usually the same wrestlers with bad skills, bad techniques, and a bad home life. This is a situation where wrestling coaches have and continue to make differences in a wrestler’s life. It is also a situation where a wrestling coach can make matters a whole lot worse.

I believe in aggressiveness. I believe that a wrestler must have aggressiveness to be somewhat successful in our sport. I also believe that aggressiveness must be taught, molded, and monitored. I believe that it must be nurtured as the wrestler grows, and especially around the adolescent stage, it must be kept in check by a coach. Aggressiveness must never be allowed to run wild and free, especially in  youth wrestlers. What happens is the so called “aggressiveness” takes over the wrestler’s personality, their character, and their life. The next thing you know, we’ve helped create a monster and everyone thinks we’re Dr. Frankenstein.

How does a coach do that? How can a coach do all the necessary monitoring that a wrestler needs if they are going to be taught to be aggressive? By being responsible. By being a good role model. Our actions and what comes out of our mouth is a great indicator on what type of wrestler we will produce. By being involved in the wrestler’s life outside of the mat and being more interested in the wrestler’s well being as a person of society than we are about how many wins he/she produces can make a very big difference.

If we as coaches are foul mouthed, angry, negative role models, then our wrestlers will be the same. “Actions speak louder than words.“ Our actions are sometimes the only contact that many wrestlers have all day with positive role models. We have to take advantage of that time. We have to make sure that what’s inside of us before we decide to coach, is what we want to pass on to a bunch of wrestlers. If it isn’t than we need to make the necessary changes before we decide to coach.

Coaching wrestling is a twenty-four hour a day, seven day a week commitment. It’s like most things in life, “What we put into it, Is what we are going to get out.“ Coaching wrestling will be rewarding, If we are doing it for the proper reasons or it can be a thankless nightmare if we are doing it for the wrong ones.

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