COLLECTIVE COACHING KNOWLEDGE PROVIDES RESOURCE FOR THOSE NEW TO COACHING FEMALE WRESTLERS
BY WRESTLE LIKE A GIRL | Dec. 1, 2020
Wrestle Like A Girl, USA Wrestling, and the National Wrestling Coaches Association team-up to create Coaching Girl Wrestlers: Best Practices releasing today, Dec. 1, 2020.
It is well-recognized that girls’ wrestling is one of the fastest-growing high school sports in the nation, increasing by 27% two years in a row with 6000 plus new high school girls joining wrestling in 2020 alone. Coaching Girl Wrestlers: Best Practices compiles “knowledge from a dozen seasoned female wrestling coaches from across the country,” addressing topics such as:
- Female Health
- Motivation and Confidence
- Female Specific Technique
The goal of this strategically created resource is to: “develop a comprehensive set of best practices for secondary school coaches who find themselves coaching female wrestlers for the first time. We aim to provide evidence-informed information and collaborate with national wrestling organizations in unified support of the girls wrestling movement.”
The resource includes a simplified document, Coaching Girl Wrester’s Quick Guide, with links to additional resources, videos, and an expanded version housed on the Wrestle Like A Girl website.
Amongst Coach Developers sharing their expertise are:
Colorado – Eric Everard
Indiana – Katie (Downing) Kriebel
Maryland – Jacque Davis
Nebraska – Ray Maxwell, Les Painter
New York – Emma Randall
Ohio – Dr. George Shore, Brian Nicola
Oregon – Trent Kroll
Pennsylvania – Brooke Zumas
Washington – Andrea Yamamoto
Additionally, we reached out to a group of athletes and coaches to “give an athlete-to-coach perspective on how to develop an inclusive culture in their program.” This group included; World and National Team members, college athletes, high school athletes, and USA Wrestling’s Diversity and Inclusion Committee members.
Project Lead and Wrestle Like A Girl’s Athlete Activation, Tela O’Donnell Bacher states,
“Coaching Girl Wrestlers: Best Practices captures the collective wisdom from an incredible group of coaches and athletes. The Best Practices Quick Guide gives easy, to-the-point tips for coaching girl wrestlers with links to videos and resources, and the Best Practices Expanded document takes a deeper dive into each topic. This resource will support a positive experience for both coaches and athletes in the fastest growing high school sport in the nation: girls wrestling.”
Coaching Girl Wrestlers: Best Practices is now available on https://wrestlelikeagirl.org/coaching-girl-wrestlers