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  1. "The sport would essentially go to being takedowns and takedowns ONLY, ah la beach wrestling. Yuck." No need to knock another style just because you don't understand it. And beach wrestling is more than just takedowns, so yeah, you don't understand it.
  2. One part of the problem with beach wrestling isn't USA Wrestling, but UWW scheduling the Worlds after the dates for the Nationals are set. UWW keeps pushing up the date of the Worlds, and this has effected more nations than just the U.S. They did do away with the World Team Trials as a separate tournament a year or two after the international weight class expansion, with the Nationals also serving at the WTTs. The best thing USA Wrestling could do to help promote the style is to encourage associate members (the States) to offer summertime beach wrestling. It's been an American style for well over a decade, and really no reason there isn't at least one tourney in every state. Note, beach wrestling was talked about at a recent UWW conference this past week. Anticipating the news, and see what type of modifications may or may not have been made to the style. Something about a Beach Wrestling series though.
  3. A great wrestling documentary, illustrating the similarities between international Beach Wrestling and one of the dozens of sand-based folkstyle wrestling. This movie was made prior to the rule changes on the international style, which has since expanded to three points to win, along with the elimination of the "knee down" rule. If you'd like to take a peek at the listing of beach wrestling events scheduled in 2016 (so far), check out this link. https://www.facebook.com/Sand-Wrestling-179868248782719/events?key=events
  4. Another idea, is to maybe allow the adult divisions to also count towards team points in tournaments, when team points are awarded. I know this doesn't happen at most tournament to begin with, but there have been some. One example I can recall is the now-defunct Michigan charter of AAU wrestling. They had split their season in half during the winter/early spring, with the first half dedicated to scholastic and the second half dedicated to freestyle. The last tournament of each 'half-season' was their version of the State Championship. They offered an adult division in each weekly tournament (which is another thing to bring up, consistency) and the two high school divisions, which didn't start until around noon to allow some of the younger divisions to finish before adding the older divisions. But I don't think they counted the older division towards the team total. Encouraging the inclusion of the older divisions could possibly help attract more adult and high school wrestlers, as the parents, coaches, and siblings (and others) could be encouraged to participate to help those teams. It would also encourage more wrestling clubs to be more welcoming for adult athletes too. Including a Veterans division (for 30 and older, or 35 and older) and counting team points might help too, and allow Veterans to 'double enter' and count their points for the team total in both of the age divisions, to really encourage the coaches and parents to step back on the mat. Of course, this is on the state associations, as they would be the one's with the State Championships. If it works and encourages more experienced wrestlers to join the clubs, it could very well encourage more tournaments to see a bigger incentive to include adult divisions. Not against adding a separate women's division too, or even a "wrestling mom's" division (same age requirement as the Veterans), but see how adding the adult men divisions first and not implement these things too fast. I still just think we are shooting ourselves in the foot by not offering adult divisions in far too many geographical areas. Keep the experienced wrestlers wrestling, which in turn can lead to more opportunities for kids to learn. It might increase the interest of the kids too, as they won't see this sport as ending when they are done with high school, which does discourage too many kids as they near the end of their high school experience. Not to mention closing the door for adults that want to try it for the first time, etc, etc, etc...I could go all day on just listing the benefits of adding an adult division. I will never understand why there aren't more opportunities, when the male athlete aren't biologically in their prime years until they are in the 28-32 y/o range, barring any serious injuries. That alone hurts the image of our sport.
  5. I've seen quite a number of videos about the Sardinia International, always happy to see it when Canadians place. But only because Lutte Canada won't sanction the beach style, ad excited that there are Canadian wrestlers are willing to travel to these international events even without their governing body's backing of the style. I'm going to look at those again, never paid attention to their uniforms. Might be one reason the American women don't come out for the style in large numbers, the idea they must wear bikinis. But I've never heard of a contest that didn't allow for them to wear other types of swimwear that wasn't bikini's or the one-piece. Interesting concept about the Europeans. I've known that their sports teams aren't school associated, but hadn't thought fully how that effects wrestling. Another double-edged sword that we face. Taking it out our schools might increase the opportunities for adults, but could have the reverse effect for the kids. While not all states have this view, but when mentioned I mentioned that I wrestled while living in Georgia, the typical response was, "Isn't that just for kids?" So it would still be a hurdle in number of areas if sport teams were disassociated from the schools. That might never happen anyways, but I wouldn't say it's impossible with the growing trend of 'pay-to-play' sports at the school level, the growing view that sports are a drain on the school's resources, and the growth of sports clubs (all sports, not just wrestling). Even then, a lot of adults who were athletes had their glory days in high school (again, all sports), so that isn't going to be a popular view for quite sometime, if it ever will.
  6. Hahaha, okay WrestlingSuperior. Sometimes the intent of the written word is difficult to decipher.
  7. I will totally agree with that. I've had problem in the past with this very issue, and thank you bringing it up because it's one that has slipped my mind. I tried to have an adult wrestling club for awhile in Virginia, and sometimes had as little as one other person show up and other times a dozen and a half. It was tough to keep interest, cause there were only a few tournaments we were able to go to without driving further than 3 hours. For some areas, it might not be a big issue for local adult wrestlers t spar with the local high school team, but a lot of other areas it is. I lived in Georgia for awhile too, and wasn't even allowed to practice with the college teams unless I was an enrolled student (side question, is that a rule about collegiate teams as a whole, or a school-by-school case?) More opportunities to practice would certainly open the door for more adults to wrestle at the tournaments. I've been bummed out to show up to a local club and there aren't other adults to wrestle with, and the one or two coaches that are there don't really want to spar with you because you might show them up in front of their youth wrestlers. I understand that concern, it can upset the heard, even if I would have let them throw me around, just let me get some mat time in. Great point though Crablegs. It's tough to get the numbers by just getting the local tournaments to give the adults a chance without them also having a chance to prepare for those contests. Another area that I hope we can work on as a wrestling community.
  8. Okay, I'm not talking about Sand Wrestling or Grappling. I'm talking about boosting the numbers of the adult division in ALL styles of wrestling. Including those 2 styles, but also scholastic, freestyle and Greco. I brought up that link because that particular contest was doing something different by offering Police Officers the chance to wrestle without paying the registration fee (I do believe the hosts of that contests is willing to pay the registration costs, but it isn't my contests, so I don't want to speak on their behalf). If I were talking about only those 2 styles (Beach and Grappling), this would be the appropriate forum, as this is the International forum, and those 2 styles are still a part of the "Top 4" International styles. Love a lot of you're post WrestlingSuperior, and maybe I'm just reading you wrong. If we can't talk about an International style (not to mention the major ones), where else would I talk about those styles? Yes, I would agree that women in bikini's wrestling on the sand will boost viewership numbers, if presented the opportunity to be televised. I hate to agree with it though, as it diminishes the hard work that the women put into our sport, but acknowledge that the highest viewed youtube videos when searching for sand wrestling (or beach wrestling) are the ones that really aren't featuring our sport, but featuring girls rolling around in the sand. (Heck, those videos can often dwarf any style of our great sport) The same could be said about the guys divisions though too; many women are willing to tune in to see them (hence movies like Magic Mike and Shades of Grey are successful), and in today's society it's becoming more acceptable to be out if your homosexual (and by all means, I don't want this to turn into a discussion about LGBT issues, for or against). While getting those 'big name' to compete in the Sand style, this style is unique with its own set of rules, and strategy involved. It's kind of the same as suggesting that a 'big name' freestyle Olympian should jump to Greco so that style can boost the numbers too. Not a bad idea, but really the top international wrestlers might be better suited if they focus in on their style and not worry about diversifying the styles. Probably doesn't seem as attractive to them either, that Olympians from other nations have competed at the Beach Worlds, and suffered a loss (or two) to non-Olympians in year's past. The style needs to develop its own stars. But since I wasn't very clear, I wasn't merely meaning Beach/Sand Wrestling. How can we boost the numbers for adult wrestlers? That means ALL styles. It seems that a lot of states either don't offer adult divisions, or very few of them. And when they do (at least for the first time), not many experienced wrestlers come out and it discourages that club or state association from trying again. IMO, that's hurting our sport in terms of participation numbers, even at the youth level. Hope the clarification helps spark a conversation towards what I was trying to get us to chat about, and share ideas and such. :D
  9. I was hoping to get a constructive discussion going, and not going to abandon that hope. Honestly, I'm not sure why local tournaments would throw away the opportunity to raise more money from their tournament by not offering an adult division, not to mention the benefit of keeping the experienced wrestlers active by giving them more opportunities. It also allows the kids to learn from the older wrestlers, and many of those who remain active could very well help with coaching at their local club, even if it's a part-time volunteer. I know some tournaments who try to offer the adult division have low numbers, some even as low as just a handful of athletes (or even sometimes just one). Another idea is to go ahead and place that wrestler with the older high school kids (junior division). The tournament could also not count the matches for the juniors against the adult in the final tournament standings, it would just be exhibition bouts. Any more suggestions? I have a lot of them, and can boost this post for quite some time. But I'm really interested in hearing from others.
  10. I'm curious on what the states and local tournaments are doing to boost their participation numbers in the adult divisions. It's something I feel that we can improve, and we just might be able to help each other out by tossing around ideas that are working, and find out what hasn't been working. One concept that I just found out about... just so we can get the "idea ball" rolling... The North American Beach Wrestling Championships are offering active rescue and police officers the chance to wrestle for free this summer. If anyone wants to find out more about that, they have a facebook page dedicated to the event, which is going on the weekend of June 11th in Virginia Beach. https://www.facebook.com/The-North-American-Beach-Wrestling-Championships-257395911107849/ Any other suggestions? Edited SideNote (after reading the first few comments), I am referring to ALL styles of wrestling, not any particular style, despite the link that helped inspire this post was brought forth from my constant search for the Beach Wrestling style.
  11. There has been a lot going on with Beach Wrestling over the past year, but I agree that should be a better job of spreading the word. Just over a year ago, UWW created an international Beach Wrestling meeting, and UWW board members have been quoted on many occasions that they would like to get this style included into the Games. They also included a Beach Wrestling Pan-Am Championships in 2015, although it wasn't held alongside the rest of the Pan-Ams. More nations are participating every year, and it's starting to grow in South America now too (including the growth of the Brazil Cup). A great change made last January was switching out the touch-rule to takedowns, which is something I've been pestering them for a few years, citing that one objective of Beach Wrestling is to serve as an introductory style to our mat-styles, they should use the same takedown scoring as the mat style. Even though they have made the chance to takedowns, there were still many nations using the touch-rule, which tells us we aren't getting the news of the rule-changes efficiently. Something we need to work on, and something I work hard at trying to help. With that being said, I'm also willing to help clubs who are hosting beach wrestling contests spread the word with the Sand Wrestling website, and this year want to create "facebook events" for all of those contest to help boost the numbers. If anyone has a contest and would like me to spread the word, or have questions about this style, please send me an e-mail at robertteet@yahoo.com. I will do my best to help. And I totally agree about Grappling, we need to do more to get the info out there. The U.S. has been a 5-style country for over a decade now, yet far too many wrestlers don't realize it, which means we are slipping at promoting our sport. If wrestlers don't know about them, then the general population doesn't have a clue.
  12. I hope you do get the chance to check it out, Hurricane. One of the biggest benefits to th beach style is the ability to encourage family and friends to come and enjoy the wrestling action, those people that do not want to spend all day inside of gym. If this continues to grow here in the United States (an I have no reason to believe that it won't), we might just see crazy large audiences like they do in many parts of the world with this style. Give it another 10-20 years, and this style just might be able to set wrestling attendance records that the mat styles just can't compete with. But that is still awhile away, for sure. If UWW continues with their commitment of tweeking beach wrestling and getting it back into the Games, that will def help.
  13. Thought I'd share this, hope it helps encourage more wrestling clubs to plan an outdoor fundraiser for their club next summer. And now is the perfect time to talk with your team about a beach wrestling fundraiser. Please remember, that this does not need to happen at the beach (although the beach is always nice). If your local park has a sand volleyball pit, then your good to go. Best of luck to everyone this upcoming scholastic season! :D
  14. I know that there hasn't been any updates on the USA Wrestling or UWW websites, but I'd like to conratulate 2x U.S. National Champion and 2014 World Bronze medalist, Ike Okoli, on being the first U.S. wrestler to win a gold medal in an officially sanctioned UWW international event. Okoli won the gold medal at the Beach Wrestling Pan-Am Games, which were held last week in Columbia. Canada, Venezuela, Brazil and Colombia were also represented at the Pan-Ams. I hope that Ike can carry this momentum into the Brazil Cup next month, and help motivate other members of the U.S. Team to also earn medals for the U.S. The date of the 2015 World Championships was pushed up, which caused many nations (the U.S. included) to not have ample time to send representatives to this year's World Championships. Instead, this year's U.S. Team will get a chance to make an impact at the Brazil Cup. Despite these events being predominatley countries from the west, I beleive this is a great step in the right direction for the oldest version of mankind's oldest sport to continue to grow here in the western hemisphere, as this style has been dominated by the eastern hemisphere. If you are looking for a star for this style, I believe in Ike. I hope you follow his wrestling journey too, and let's cheer him on as he continues his Beach Wrestling career and possibly be the first American to win the gold at next year's World Championships...actually, let's cheer him on to be the first wrestler to win a gold for the western side of the world. If anyone is interested in tryin to make the 2016 U.S. Team for Beach Wrestling, the qualifier is already set for Carolina Beach, North Carolina on the weekend of May 20th-22nd. There is the unique opportunity for adult wrestlers to qualify for a spot on TWO U.S. Teams, as the Grappling World Team Trials are also that same weekend in Carolina Beach. The 2016 World Championships are tentatively set for September 10-11 in Fazana, Croatia, but there is already discussion about hosting next year's Worlds in Jamaica. We will just have to wait and see, as after the completion of the 2011 World Championships it was being said that the 2012 Worlds was going to take place in Miami, Florida, and that didn't happen. I would love to see it moved to Jamaica, as it would be the first Beach Worlds in the west (all 10 previous World Championships have been in the east).
  15. Just for shoots and giggles, who is the best wrestler to hail from the state of Iowa? There is no right or wrong answer, and write-in candidates are certainly welcomed. But in my dream match, despite being in much differnt eras of wrestling, I would have loved to see Dan Gable go up against Frank Gotch for the title of "Best of Iowa". Dan Gable, the Olympic gold medalist who didn't surrender a single match point on his way to the gold; only having one loss in high school, one loss in college, and one loss on the international level; the most sucessful coach at the collegiate level; a living legend who has a familiar name to people who don't even follow our great sport. Frank Gotch, the first wrestler to put American wrestling on the international map, capturing the pro wrestling heavyweight championship (when pro wrestling was still legitamate); 154-6 career record, not losing a match during the final 7 years of his career; one of the first (possibly the very first) professional athlete to get endorsement deals; helped popularize wrestling to the point that a safer version of wrestling (scholastic) was created for kids, a style that is still practiced today. Two legends, both from Iowa. Who do you have? Is there someone who could upend both of these wrestlers for the title of "Best of Iowa"? It's times like these I really wish there was a wrestling video game; I would play this match over and over. No idea why there hasn't been a wrestling video game, as sports video games have helped every other sport grow in terms of spectators and participants. Wishful thinking, I guess...
  16. Good topic, and no real right or wrong answers. I'd like to expand it to all 5 American styles, since the U.S. hasn't been a 3-style country in over ten years now. Based solely on important strength is to a particularr style, I'd rank them as follows: 1. Greco-Roman, since the style is mainly focused on upper-body techniques 2. Beach Wrestling/ Sand Wrestling, more so with the pre-2015 rules that the rest of the world was using, but if you want to consider mightymouses post, no style is more challanging on the stabalizer muscles than this style 3. Freestyle, since throws are also used and oftentimes the ground wrestling points can sometimes be determined by who's strength can finish or prevent a score. 4. Folkstyle/ Scholastic- strength is nice but it isn't necessary at all to be successful. It's like a secondary trait to technique, balance, and endurance; the same level of importance as speed and flexibility. Incomplete- Grappling- I only put this here because I don't know much about Grapping. I hope someone who does chimes in...in fact, I really wish we'd see more about Grapping on the International forum. The UWW Grappling World Championships just took place and would love to see more clubs an states offer that style to local wrestlers. Still hoping to see some major 5-style events going, and only wishing I was young enough to compete at these potential 5-style events.
  17. Good post. That's not the first time I've heard this being suggested, but the big problem is diminishing the value of the pushout compared to other scoring values. In doing so, this would also diminish the ability of non-wrestlers giving wrestling a try, as many of those wrestlers heavily rely on the pushout. When this style is promoted in an area, it's non uncommon for MMA students and football players to give beach wrestling a try; I've seen personally tennis players, skateboarders and equestrian riders give beach wrestling a try (as well as non-wrestling athetes from nearly every sport), and they usually need to rely on this. One of my favorite elements of this style is it's ability to be the perfect introductory style. What do others think about changing the scoring system? Should we simply concentrate on participating wrestlers or continue to try to use this style as an introductory style?
  18. I was a little tired when I got online today, just finished up a 20 hour shift at work. Can only laugh at myself on how I can try to provide answers even when I'm half asleep, lol. Guess the whole 10-20 hours a week of studying this style for the past 9 yeaers is paying off :D A few other things that I missed that I'd like to address... Isn't that what we international-style minded wrestlers feel about the current collegiate structure, lolol. Just kidding, but all jokes aside, we should be supporting the entire sport of wrestling. I understand that we all have our favorite style, but each style has it's benefits to the wrestling community. Let's try to be a little more supportive please. I know I'm highlighting this post again, I missed the part about the "name guys". While that may be true for the moment in terms of U.S. wrestlers, that isn't true with the rest of the world. Georgia has been known to send their Olympians (including medal winners) to the Beach Worlds on a regular basis (in fairness, their folkstyle wrestling is sand based), and a few Olympians from other nations have given it a shot at the Beach Worlds too. I don't see any current stars on the U.S. roster in an Olympic style doing beach wrestling in the immediate future, but not because this is somehow an inferior style, but because those men and women tend to focus on their particular style. Much in the same way it isn't likely for a freestyle Olympian to suddenly make the jump to Greco, and vice-versa. Just like the other styles, beach wrestling has it's own set of rules and it's own strategy to win...shoot, there are extra stances to learn to be sucessful at the international level of beach wrestling that doesn't really translate well on the mat. But down the road, and one of these stars just might make a jump. The reason? Those men and women who are nearing the end of their careers just might make a run to see how many Olympic/World medals they can accumulate before they hang up the singlets (or board shorts). Who's to say that Jordan Burroughs wins Gold at the next two Olympic Games and a World Championship in the non-Olympic years (and he certainly could, since he is still a year away from being in that biological prime for male athletes, which is the 28-32 year old bracket). That would put him at 12 World/Olympic Titles. Who's to say that he wouldn't want to pad his total number of World/Olympic medals and start gunning for the Beach World gold? A hypothetical scenario, absolutely, but not one that is out of the question. Even if Beach doesn't get into the Olympic Games (an absolute travesty if it doesnt'), the World Championships aren't going anywhere anytime soon. I love the feedback, wheter it's positive, negative, or inquisitive. Still didn't hear about anything with regards to the main point of the blog, which was that I believe that this style can help the nations that struggle to get any wrestlers into the Olympics with the current two styles finally send wrestlers to the Games, which will only help promote wrestling (that is, all styles of wrestling) in those countries. I can't be the only person who sees less than 10% of UWW member nations competing on the biggest stage of our sport as a HUGE problem. How about this, what suggestions are there to help increase the number of nations to participate? I gave beach wrestling as an example, that it would be possible to run an entire 64-person bracket in one day (as it seems that they want to finish a weight class the same day it starts), which would certainly incease the number of participating countires. Getting more countires involved would help keep wrestling in the Games, or am I truly way off base with that asperation? Geez, feel like I'm writing a book. Could've sworn I just published a book on beach wrestling...
  19. I didn't mean to miss you're post Jason. Yeah, during the first few years of the BW North American Championships drew great numbers, and then there was problems hosting the event for a few years. That weekend (paired with the North American Sand Soccer Championships) is a great way to showcase wrestling, as that event attracts around 100,000 people to the boardwalk during each day. Confident that the Beach Wrestling will continue to grow and get back to the participation numbers like they did those first few years, the guys running that are wrestling lifers who have been involved in one form or another with beach wrestling and the NAC. You might be right, it just may be a way to showcase wrestling in general here in the States and give wrestlers more chances to wrestle and get better on the mat (since the sand makes the neutral position more difficult than the mat), but the resurrection of this style is still relatively early, and since most of the general population usually cites that ground wrestling is the most boring element of our sport, this could still be very well the answer that we are looking for in terms of gaining more exposure for all styles of wrestling. Oh, and matches have a time limit of 3 minutes. No official overtime, although that rule changes every so often.
  20. Yes, the popularity of this style continues to grow. Every year, more and more countries are participating and the participation numbers continue to grow, even in the U.S. Actually, it's resurrecting the oldest rules of competitive wrestling. Although the rules have changed since first being introduced in 2004, the rules mirror the rules used during the 1896 Olympic Games, even though the style was classified as Greco (remember, wrestling mats weren't around back then) That's a horrible idea. Why get rid of something that is starting to work in most of the World? Interesting, and it's been discussed about changing the point system. The biggest reason not to diminish the push-out point is that it may discourage non-wrestlers from participating. Please remember, while I believe this is a great style (and obviously, my favorite style, although I've been in love with all styles of wrestling for the past 25 years now), one of it's main purposes is to serve as an introducory style and get more potential wrestlers also competing in other styles. I've seen a lot of matches where the push-out is really the only scoring option for the participating non-wrestler. It'll be interesting to see what the beach wrestling committee comes up with in the near future, but I'm not sure scoring values will dramatically change since this style helped develop many folkstyles around the world too, and the scoring values are relatively similar. Not a bad idea though, thanks for the suggestion. It's okay, beach wrestling does not need to be on the beach. A sand pit (such as a volleyball pit) works just as well. Many people prefer to call this Sand Wrestling to disassociate the connotation that this must happen at the beach. Funny there has been a few people who have seriously considered hosting some sort of Snow Wrestling event, although I don't think that would ever be sanctioned by UWW or USAW. Thanks for the insight, keep em coming :D
  21. Are Beach Wrestling matches too short, and if so, what changes would you propose to help impove this amazing wrestling style? I covered it in a recent blog entry, and instead of fishing for clickbait, I'd rather just copy and paste the blog entry and get some opinions. Thanks, best of luck to everyone during the upcoming scholastic season. After the completion of the 2014 World Championships in Greece, United World Wrestling (UWW) President, Nenad Lalovic, made the following statement about the possibility of beach wrestling being included in the Olympic Games: “You never know… It’s an interesting discipline, so why not? But we are far from that now. We have to improve it first, as its matches are too short. They can be over in 20 seconds. They do not show enough of the technique of the wrestlers, this is the problem. It has got more to do with strength.” In the aftermath of this statement, UWW has created an international board of directors for this emerging style of wrestling. The board made some noticeable changes early in 2015, which included extending the amount of points need to win a match to 3 (instead of 2) and also slightly increased the size of the wrestling ring to encourage takedowns instead of push-outs. Oh yeah, they also changed the international rules (which were interpreted differently among participating countries around the world) so wrestlers score points for a takedown (some countries used takedowns as a means to score, while others used a “sumo-style” touch rule instead). During my assistance for the Michigan USA Wrestling season, the amount of points was further extended so that 5 points was needed for a wrestler to emerge victorious. This was to address the problem that wrestlers, coaches, and parents believed that the matches were too short. The perception of short matches discouraged potential athletes from travelling to beach wrestling tournaments, and the modification used by the Michigan branch of USA Wrestling seemed to do the trick. Roughly one out of 8 matches lasted the entire 3-minute duration. But are the matches really too short? If so, how would you recommend we correct the problem? I believe that the move to 5 points was a good call to address the problem of encouraging wrestlers to travel for beach wrestling events. But I wouldn’t extend it any further. If you’ve ever wrestled on the beach in 90 degree heat, then you already know that the body fatigues quickly. Between the heat and the sun, which also reflects off of the sand, 2 minutes into a match can quickly compare to the exhaustion of wrestling in double-overtime round during a scholastic (American folkstyle) match. These shorter matches (when compared to mat styles of wrestling) provide a huge opportunity, especially at the Olympic/World Championship level, that I believe is being overlooked. Currently, over 200 countries are affiliated with UWW, meaning all of those countries are eligible to participate in the Olympics and World Championships. But with the qualification process, each weight class during the Olympic Games only consists of 18-20 wrestlers per weight class. And the wrestling powerhouse countries, such as the United States and Iran, have wrestlers in every weight class, year after year. What about the other countries, those that aren’t powerhouses in the sport? One problem that wrestling currently faces is that the growth of our sport is hindered by the lack of opportunities in most of the world. True, beach wrestling matches are shorter in duration. Heck, many matches last less than half the time a freestyle or Greco-Roman wrestling match would last. The opportunity that lies within those shorter matches is larger tournament brackets for each weight class. What would be more prestigious; winning the gold medal in a weight class with 20 wrestlers or winning the gold in a 64-person bracket? Expanding the number of Olympic wrestlers can rejuvenate the sport, especially in countries that already embrace beach wrestling but don’t have much of a presence in the current Olympic styles (such as France, Brazil, and Australia). The style of beach wrestling might just be the seed we need to get our sport growing again. Not to mention this style is easier for the general population to understand compared to other styles. And we sure do need more spectators to keep our rightful place at the Games.
  22. It's being seriously considered by Michigan-USA Wrestling to expand to covering the Great Lakes region next summer. One location being discussed was between Chicago and Milwaukee, although I can't recall the exact city at the moment. It isn't too late for clubs to get a beach wrestling contest in this year. It also isn't too early to plan for 2016, a few tournaments are already scheduled. Most notably, the 2016 U.S. National Championships in North Carolina, the weekend of May 20th-22nd, which is used to qualify for the U.S. World Team. That weekend also features the Grappling WTT's, so it's a rare opportunity for adult wrestlers to qualify for TWO U.S. Teams in the same calendar year. I'll give an update on tournaments already slated for 2016 later.
  23. I'm curious, what does everyone think of the new Beach Wrestling rules that were modified by UWW back in January? For the most part, people really seem to like the adjustments, but obviously I haven't talked to all wrestlers. I would like to hope that all USA Wrestling State Associations have a State Championship during the 2016 season. Not only individual champions, but a TEAM Championship! The reason is simple, to recruit more wrestlers to the great sport of wrestling...ALL styles of competitive wrestling. In case you missed the new rules, here's a quick overview... -The size of the ring has increased to a diameter of 23 feet. This slightly places more emphasis on takedowns without radically altering the pshcology of beach wrestling, and no diminishing the value of the push-out (which is very important in recruiting new wrestlers) -One point for a push-out (opponent goes out-of-bounds) -One point for a takedown -Two points for a takedown with back exposure. -First wreslter to score three points is the winner, with a 3 minute time limit. -Non-scoring calls include stalemates (when the action stops while scrambling in the sand; it's part of the defensive straegy), and double-push outs (when both wrestlers go out-of-bounds and make contact with the sand at the same time; this keeps it easy on the refs) -Wrestlers are returned to their feet after scoring and non-scoring calls -Pins are no longer a part of beach wrestling (it's a two point move), back exposure without a takedown is not a scoring move and the action should continue There are incentives for current wrestlers to compete. The sand increases the difficulty of the neutral position. The shorter scoring requirements develops the offensive and defensive awareness of wrestlers. The push-out helps teach wrestlers the importance of ring (mat) awareness (and it's used in all international styles). And it keeps wrestlers wrestling, and an easy introduction for folkstyle to the international styles. This style is great for clubs as a fundraiser. Many local parks are willing to let their local wrestling club use the park for free or very low cost. Set-up and tear down takes minutes instead of hours. And you only need two volunteers (workers) per ring (one to ref and one to score/timekeep). Most tournaments do well with only two rings, so that's only 4 people required to help run the tournament. Now I know there are some concerns, mainly from the perspective of the relativly short length of matches. It may be tough for parents to drive a distance and pay a registration fee and their kids only wrestle 2-3 matches with a total time of less than two minutes. Try using round-robins, so everyone can get multiple matches (even if they lose, don't make these double elimination). Some parents and coaches don't understand that wrestling out in the sun will really drain athletes; a few minutes wrestling in the sand will be just as taxing on the body as a full folkstyle match, including overtime. In Michigan, they extended the point requirement to 5 points instead of 3, and that will extend matches without being potentially dangerous from the heat. But the topic I had was a State Championship, and mainly for the purpose of getting new wrestlers. For this to work, please include a TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP. If the Team State Championships are individual tournaments, with the easy-to-understand rules kids could recruit their friends and family members to join their team, even though those new wrestlers may heavily rely on the push-out for scoring. If they like it, they are likely to want to improve, which means going to wrestling practice...which means they will practice other styles...which means more wrestlers wrestling. To help make these beach wrestling tournaments more adult friendly, there are spots that allow alcohol (responsible drinking). There are beach themed resturants, and some beach locations may allow drinking. But encourage the parents and coaches into COMPETING! Please allow the adult divisions (Adult AND Veterans) to count towards the team points. Let parents and coaches help their kids win the Team State Championships. The women divisions haven't been stacked, get those wrestling moms out there. The same for the Veterans, get those dads and coaches out there. Allow the Veterans to also compete in the Adult, and count the points from each division towards the team total. We are always looking for ways to improve the sport that we all love. There is an answer already out there, in recruiting new wrestlers and spectators, and it's Beach Wrestling. If we aren't using this style to our benefit to recruiting new athletes and spectators, we only have ourselves to blame for letting our sport down. Looking forward to the comments, Rob Teet, SandWrestling.com
  24. This link seems to work better. Juniors today and Senior Men and Women tommorrow: http://www.ustream.tv/channel/campionat-mondial-de-lupte-pe-plaja-masculin-%C8%98i-feminin-cadeti-juniori-seniori?utm_campaign=JPER&utm_medium=FlashPlayer&utm_source=embed
  25. For live coverage of the 11th Annual UWW Beach Wrestling (Sand Wrestling) World Championships from Romania, June 12th-14th, follow the link: http://frl.ro/?p=2584 I hope eveyone is having a great summer, and it isn't too late for your club to host this amazing developing style of our great sport!
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