Why do we as a sport expect athletes to commit to wrestling at such a young age? Why can't we take the same approach, recreational baseball, basketball, etc take?
I have no clue honestly. I agree with you, and I personally think that year-round wrestling shouldnt even be considered until HS. Even then, I am very against telling kids on your HS team to stick to one sport, especially if $$ is an issue in your athletic dept.
I will say that the idea of totally separating "rec" wrestling and "club" wrestling is not so simple in wrestling because of the way open tournaments work. You can kind of mitigate the chances of running into a youth kid who's "too" good but having a rec league and facilitating duals only within the leaue (no clubs or individuals...etc) Even then, you get kids who do both rec and club (which I am also against at that age).
Unfortunately it's a complicated system - youth wrestling that is. A lot of it comes from a mix of the "old school" mentality our sport carries, and the complexity it has always had.
Numbers is an issues as well. In rec soccer for example, one city or suburb can facilitate lets say 6 teams - in wrestling if we tried that youd probably have 6 teams of 5-10 kids. Hence why your suburb has one "feeder" program/team that feeds into your HS. Which is a reason why open tournaments are necessary - you want all of those kids in your program to get matches, right? Not all will fit in your weekly league dual.
Edited by iGranby, 14 May 2018 - 03:40 AM.