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Have the coaches ever been asked/polled?

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The most important poll is not college coaches but the parents of kids, who are the real financial lifeblood of any sport. 

 

No it's not. The parents do whatever the kids say or want. If Jordan Burroughs, David Taylor, Kyle Dake, Logan Stieber, Tony Ramos Cael Sanderson, John Smith, Tom Brands, et al came out and said that the international styles are the sport's best bet in the long run, you better believe that all those kids will listen and their parents will fall right in line with exactly what little Johnny wants.

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The resistance is at the high school level where you have a good crop of coaches who are good at teaching folkstyle but deter their kids from going to freestyle clubs and being poached by coaches who know more than they do.

 

The post regarding qualified coaches is half right as is the amount of information available.

 

I believe we need the number of HS coaches embracing freestyle and Greco (not just the elite schools) to quadruple from what it is right now for our developmental program to be close to where it needs to be.

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^^I've always assumed it's clear that local school superintendents, administrators, decision makers and school district legal advisors are NOT going to allow freestyle wrestling in jr/sr high school, because of injury risk.

What's your source on this? It's not like a switch has ever been seriously considered to the point that school administrators rose up and condemned the switch on safety grounds. There are hundreds, if not thousands of freestyle tournaments at high schools every year. If school administrators are seriously worried about injuries, they wouldn't allow these events to take place.

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The resistance is at the high school level where you have a good crop of coaches who are good at teaching folkstyle but deter their kids from going to freestyle clubs and being poached by coaches who know more than they do.

This is big. I see a lot of high school coaches that discourage their team from freestyle. They run their own folk style club at the high school through the spring and summer and mainly coach their own wrestlers at dual events and tournaments. Some of it is lack of knowledge of Olympic styles and some of it is wanting their guys to only focus on the style that they wrestle during the season. It's misguided, but that's what they think.

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The resistance is at the high school level where you have a good crop of coaches who are good at teaching folkstyle but deter their kids from going to freestyle clubs and being poached by coaches who know more than they do.

 

The takeaway from this is that many kids in the sport are held back from being even better than they might already be by the egos of adults. Sadly, I agree and have seen it countless times. Pride swallowing is a very difficult thing to do in this sport.

 

That said, maybe more of these coaches should start their own clubs and coach up their kids. 

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Zebra, no one is sucking up to UWW, Bender or Burnett. I've said before on this board that I prefer Freestyle, Greco and American Folk in that order. Some of us simply don't agree with you that American Folk is best style for the long-term prospects of wrestling in the US of A. We're interested in the perspectives of the people who have the most influence within the sport: the college coaches.

 

Bill Sailors, why don't you and the Flo team go around asking coaches and athletes at the top which they would prefer and why? It's  a worthwhile topic and one that has been ignored for quite some time. Heck, you already have Cary Kolat's answer. In the teaser he said he wasn't thrilled about winning NCAAs because his eyes were set on being the best in the World. Didn't Tom Brands go off the deep end a few years ago in a press conference when he said, in so many words, that the goal of the Hawkeyes is not to only be the best in college or America or the world, but in the universe? 

"The challenge is the same every year. The battle is in-state. The battle is the Big 10 Conference. The battle is national. The battle is planet Earth. And if they find life out there, then the battle will be Universal."  - Tom Brands 

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