I have had the privilege of coaching young men and women in the sport of wrestling for the past eighteen years. Over those
years, both consciously and subconsciously I have developed what I believe to be, my “coaching philosophy.” That
is, What I believe a wrestler needs as part of his overall makeup to be the best they can be. With some wrestlers my philosophy
changed as they changed but, two parts of my preparedness philosophy has stayed the same. I call them “Repetition and
“Repetition” in this case refers to repeating your “Series” list, over and over, on a weekly if
not daily basis. This Repetition by Series reinforces and enhances the wrestlers confidence in their abilities to perform
and remember their wrestling moves correctly. As an adult it usually takes us a few times before we understand something let
alone perform that activity with some degree of confidence. Youth wrestlers are not be able to perform what they learn, able
to do it faster, or able to retain the information they are learning if they only see it once or twice throughout a season.
How many times have we heard a coach say, “I showed you that last week.” Last week. It’s no wonder that
the youth wrestler didn’t remember the move. Repetition is a key to successful wrestling. Implement it as soon as possible
but try it in Series.
“Series” in this case refers to groups of wrestling moves that are linked together by category. For instance,
Cradles. There are many different variations of the cradle. Standing cradles, Nearside Cradles, Far side Cradles, etc. List
all the cradles that you feel your wrestlers need to know and put them in an order. Not just any order but, an order where
your wrestlers could easily flow from one cradle to another without breaking their flow of movement. The order of the moves
are written down and placed on the wrestling room wall. Do this for all the group series: Breakdowns, Escapes, Headlocks,
etc. This way the wrestlers can look at the wall and anticipate the next series or refresh their memory on the next move.
You’ll find out that the lists will not have to be on the wall very long because they become second nature to your wrestlers.
The Repetition of the moves in a constructed guideline of movements will help increase your wrestlers performance and knowledge
considerably throughout a season. It will also allow for them to have a much greater arsenal or “bag of tricks”
when they need them. For instance, Rohn of Lehigh University, in the NCAA Finals. Look it up.