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I am an 8th grader wrestling in Junior High. Our team has two coaches, both of which have EXTREMELY limited wrestling experience. I have only been wrestling for a few years, and no other kid has wrestled longer than 7th to 8th. Almost all of the technical/skill coaching falls onto me. The coaches are trying to go way to fast and teach tons of moves in one season with out the other kids ever really mastering the shot or having confident referees position skills. A lot of matches, I am the only one who wins. It is very disheartening because I can see the kids lose interest and since none of the 7th graders are very skilled, the program will fall even further. I have wrestled with the high school during breaks and I have very strong confidence in their program and coaches, but I feel like a lot of kids will quit before they move there. Is there anything I can do to help make it a positive experience for the new wrestlers? Or something to help coach them better?

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wrest....first of all bless you.  It's great to read your post.  If i could only give one piece of advice, it would be study, learn, and work to teach Brandon Slay's 3x5 system.  Very fundamental, and very important in every position in wrestling. You can find them on google search.  Everything you do in wrestling starts with this 3x5.

15 hours ago, wrest said:

I am an 8th grader wrestling in Junior High. Our team has two coaches, both of which have EXTREMELY limited wrestling experience. I have only been wrestling for a few years, and no other kid has wrestled longer than 7th to 8th. Almost all of the technical/skill coaching falls onto me. The coaches are trying to go way to fast and teach tons of moves in one season with out the other kids ever really mastering the shot or having confident referees position skills. A lot of matches, I am the only one who wins. It is very disheartening because I can see the kids lose interest and since none of the 7th graders are very skilled, the program will fall even further. I have wrestled with the high school during breaks and I have very strong confidence in their program and coaches, but I feel like a lot of kids will quit before they move there. Is there anything I can do to help make it a positive experience for the new wrestlers? Or something to help coach them better?

 

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I was in this same predicament my senior year of HS.  My school could not find any coaches with wrestling experience so the football coaches stepped up and volunteered to run the team.  Big kudos for them to do this and they really did care about the kids.  However, they had ZERO wrestling knowledge or experience with the sport.  I literally had to teach them the scoring, what a takedown was, back points, etc etc.  In short, as the team captain I then became the team coach.  This turned out OK for the rest of the team because I had years of experience coaching my younger brother and his friends....but this was a DISASTER for my wrestling progression!  My skills regressed that year.  I can’t begin to tell you the frustration I experienced when losing (or winning) a match and not having anyone around to critique my strengths and weaknesses I needed to improve in the practice room. 
In retrospect, we really should have just taken the entire team and practiced with the neighboring school a few miles down the road (who had a great program and coach).   I highly recommend this approach or something like it if possible.  I admire you for doing this and it is honorably selfless.........but it will really hurt your wrestling......find another way, go to another schools practice, etc.  This won’t work out 

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