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Coaching Development for Youth Coaches

"The NWCA provides great coaching development resources for me as a coach and leader of our youth organization. I have used some outstanding ideas from some of the best minds in our sport. It has helped me look deeper at setting goals, developing our core values, and putting together an overall plan for our organization. The Youth Coaching Manual (a members only benefit) in particular is something I use on a consistent basis and it has helped me look deeper into why I coach and the purpose of our program. It has made me focus on increasing participation, teaching moral values, and developing a solid work ethic in our young wrestlers."

- Pat McNamara , Head Coach, Edwardsville Wrestling Club

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 many of 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.

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.