Youth Wrestling Development

Complete List of Courses:
      1. Youth Wrestling Manual: Comprehensive guide by top experts on running successful youth wrestling program.
      2. Recruitment and Retention: Best practices course for recruiting/retaining wrestlers in the sport of wrestling.
      3. Risk Management: Learn best practices for reducing risk in your wrestling room.
      4. Skin Infection Webinar: A 25-minute skin infection webinar on how to identify, prevent & treat skin infections.

Youth Wrestling Overview
There is nobody that plays a more important role in the future growth of youth wrestling than coaches. This is why the NWCA has made the decision to invest so heavily in coaching development.

The NWCA has developed a comprehensive set of coaching development resources to help youth level wrestling coaches provide a terrific educationally based athletic experience for each student. These resources address but are not limited to the following:  booster club tips, safety, effective practice/competition strategies, best practices for improving recruitment/retention of wrestlers, team building, engaging parents, and much more!  Please know these courses and resources were developed by the leading international coaching development experts.

Many of our nation’s top high school wrestling teams maintain a strong alignment with their youth wrestling clubs (coaching philosophy, technique, etc.). A strong alignment of coaching philosophies among the various age group levels will result in solid team cohesion and much better retention rates of students as they progress through your program.

Today, students have plenty of opportunities to play other sports and/or to participate in other activities. While you might think your greatest opponent is your cross-town dual meet rival, it could very well be all of the other activities your wrestlers could pursue (as opposed to wrestling). That said, it is imperative that the wrestling coach provides an exceptional athlete experience. The focus of your program should be on skill development, and providing a fun and rewarding experience for each student. The success of a youth program should not be measured on wins and losses but instead, on how each wrestler improves and develops throughout the season.

Here are a few great testimonial quotes from some of our best coaches:

"One of the truest indicators of an effective youth wrestling program is in how many wrestlers return for the following season," Dave Crowell/Nazareth High School (Coach Crowell has won three Pennsylvania State Wrestling Championships at three different schools).

"For amateur wrestling to thrive in America, it needs a very wide base of participation at the youth level and strong retention as the students’ progress through the various age groups. Students must be coached and developed in a way that ensures they will continue wrestling through high school. A successful youth wrestling program requires a partnership between the coach and the student’s family support system,” Coach Neil Turner, Director of Mat Town USA 

“Once you’ve wrestled, everything else is easy,” Dan Gable 

Simply stated, it is very difficult to predict just how successful youth level wrestlers may become as they get older because they develop physically, emotionally, and socially at different rates. With this in mind, we need to be very careful how and when we introduce young students to competition, particularly in a combative sport like wrestling. Needless to say, the NWCA Board of Directors is confident that you and your coaching staff will find the following NWCA coaching resources to be very useful in your efforts to improve the way you recruit/retain wrestlers and/or to strengthen your commitment to providing a sound educationally based wrestling experience for each student.


"Building the sport of wrestling one coach at a time"