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  1. I saw Rob Ash speak once and he named the one thing that he looks for in hiring an assistant is that they care about the young men they will coach. I don't think it is any different in wrestling... People want to know how much you care before they care how much you know.
  2. NWCA plans action-packed All-Star Classic weekend in November to kick-off college wrestling season Patriot Center to host the All-Star Classic on November 2 With the All-Star Classic less than two months away, the National Wrestling Coaches Association (NWCA) and Greater Washington Wrestling Business Network (GWWBN) has announced two days of events featuring programming for attendees of all ages at George Mason University (GMU). The events will include a Middle School All-Star match and practice, and an All-Star Clinic at the GMU Field House, and a pre-meet social and the All-Star Classic event at the Patriot Center. The All-Star Classic at the Patriot Center will take place on November 2 at 6:45 p.m. The wrestling centric weekend will begin on Friday, Nov. 1 with the Middle School All-Star match. The match will be at 7 p.m. at the GMU Field House and admission will be $5 for fans. Building on the Middle School match, there will be an All-Star practice that will take place on Saturday, Nov. 2 at 10 a.m. in the GMU Field House. These middle school participants will be trained and treated just like the All-Star Classic collegiate participants. “Fans can look forward to some very competitive matches,” said GWWBN Board member and Middle School Classic coordinator Kurt McHenry. “In many cases, the matches are highly anticipated ‘showdowns’ between highly rated competitors from opposite sides of the country. It should be a lot of fun and a great experience for all.” Following the Middle School All-Star practice on Saturday, NUWAY will present the All-Star Clinic. Registration for the event will take place between 11 a.m. – Noon, with the event lasting until 5 p.m. in the GMU Field House. The All-Star Clinic is expected to draw 500 attendees, including NCAA champions, past All-Star Classic participants, coaches with wrestlers competing in the All-Star Classic, Olympians and Beat the Street kids. “The part that is so exciting is each clinician will only have time to teach their favorite technique,” said GWWBN Board member and two-time NCAA Champion Wade Schalles. “That means there will be passion in everything the wrestlers hear and everything they see for five straight hours. That means a high retention rate for things learned, a definite factor in championship performances.” While all Beat the Street kids will attend the event for free, remaining attendees will be required to purchase either a $30 clinic-only ticket or a $40 clinic and All-Star Classic combination pass. The final events on Saturday, Nov. 2 will be the GWWBN’s pre-meet Social and the All-Star Classic at the Patriot Center. The pre-meet Social will take place from 5 p.m. – 6:30pm. The event will serve as a mixer for coaches, sponsors and professionals to unite the business and wrestling communities as one. “The goal of the Social is to allow wrestling fans from all over the country, a chance to re-connect, make new friends, and potentially meet new business contacts,” said GWWBN Board member and Social coordinator Keith Burgess. “Wrestlers and fans at any level will have an opportunity to mix and mingle with CEO’s from Fortune 500 companies to the legends of our beloved sport.” To attend the Social, individuals will be required to pay a $100 fee or can purchase a pass to the Social and a VIP ticket to the All-Star Classic for $150. The All-Star Classic’s main event will begin at 7:15 p.m. Starting at 6:45 p.m., prior to the main event, undercard matches will be hosted showcasing two USAW Olympic-style matches and two college feature matches. The match-ups for the undercard feature bouts include a George Mason University wrestler squaring off against a West Chester University wrestler and an American University Wrestler against an Ursiinus College wrestler. For more information about the event visit the NWCA All-Star Classic page. About the National Wrestling Coaches Association (NWCA) The National Wrestling Coaches Association, established in 1928, is a non-profit organization for the advancement of all levels of the sport of wrestling with a primary emphasis on developing coaches who work in academic environments. The membership embraces all people interested in amateur wrestling. The three core competencies of the NWCA are: coaching development, student-athlete welfare and promotion of wrestling. About Greater Washington Wrestling Business Network GWWBN is a non-profit networking group that has been organized with the objective of mobilizing the wrestling community for business, social and personal purposes. Their goal is to have our members to network and prosper together while we position ourselves as an advocate for wrestling at all levels within the Greater Washington region. http://patriotcenter.com/2013/09/nwca-p ... c-weekend/
  3. In answering what I think are musts for new wrestling coaches I think that there are four things you must do and the actual wrestling and coaching side of things are further down the list. One and two are kind of interchangeable. I think it is important to meet people first so you can figure out how they figure into your plan but maybe you want to have the plan first and try to sell people on the plan you have. 1. First and foremost you need people and you need to understand the people you will work with. Get to know your principal, vice principals, athletic director, booster club presidents, fellow coaches, athletes and parents. Make sure you are approachable to them and do what you can to get them on your side. Try to figure out what kind of budget you will have for assistants and look for the help that compliments you as a head coach. Do you need someone to help you with technique? Do you need someone that can keep you organized. Meet with these people. Find out how they can help you with your plan. 2. Make a plan - What does the program need both long and short term, Is the schedule done, is transportation arranged, are the tournament entry fees paid? When will you have your first team meeting? What will you have the team do in the summer and in the fall to get ready for the season. What are you going to do for fundraising? 3. Be visible and be a good representative of your program and school. Get out into your community and increase the connections you have. Go to other sporting events and talk to people. I have always been amazed at the number of people i have met randomly that like sports and wrestling and will be willing to help you. 4. Pack your room with athletes that have the correct attitude. At the high school level a lot of teachers and administrators equate participation with success. The more guys that are part of your program the more the guys have to compete for their spot and the more they have to work and I like that competition. You want to make sure your athletes understand that they represent you and the program and you want to make sure they do it in a way that wont compromise the relationships you built in number one. I would also suggest setting up a system to keep your practice plans organized and filed in case something ever comes up with a parent or administrator. From there it is important to put together a training plan and educate yourself on technique and the aspect of coaching that get more attention than the administrative side of coaching.
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