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Is there a way to morph the folkstyle and freestyle rules that would make a superior sport, and improve interest and success in freestyle?
I think it can be done, but I imagine greater minds than mine can come up with a few ideas. Here are a couple thoughts I have.
1. Incorporate the push-out rule into folkstyle. Maybe get the coaches off of the mat area, and allow folkstyle scoring, where applicable, but you get at least 1 if you can't score, but were able to get all his supporting points outside the cylinder. Eliminate edge of the mat scrambles, where the coinciding mat circles are closest, but still allow push-out if ref believes it's safe. Mark the area with zones which allow the folkstyle edge of mat scoring, and strategies. The area where coaches chairs are has the longest mat space outside of the cylinder.
2. Allow guts, possibly laces, although I'm not sure I like that, but keep the brutal folkstyle top work. I believe a grinding, crunching top man with a good gut will inspire bottom men to want to get out of there...might bring back bottom wrestling. (Is there a way to not score back points while scrambling or while Granby rolling, yet giving points for guts and tilts?) Zain Retherford would be a diety if not an actual god in this sport. A gut that allows the escape is good action, and nearly as fun as the catch and release of the 70's. Top man would have to unlock if you can get to 3 supporting points type position.
3. Any suggestions? I know this is fantasy island stuff, but our current freestyle team has me fired up more than ever about how great it is to be a world power. I still prefer folkstyle, but the idea of making slight changes to improve our freestyle team is a lot easier to swallow now that I see how gratifying it is to be where we are right now. Please, let's get together and MWGA, hehe.
Edited by Peso, 01 June 2018 - 08:51 PM.