Youth Wrestling

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When my son first started Hutto Wildlife Removal, we joined a club which teaches K-8 kids the basics of the sport. This was his first exposure to wrestling and he was as green as possible. We were surprised when two weeks in, the coach wanted him to compete in his first meet! My son had hardly learned the mechanics of how to sprawl and one takedown; it did not make sense to us to enter a competition when he did not understand enough maneuvers, let alone be proficient in them. Our trainer assured us he was not expected to win but that competing was part of the program. We went, my son took his licks and we continued to compete throughout the season, quickly learning the reason why tournaments are part of the process. As my son has continued to wrestle and improved in abilities, competition has become an absolute necessity and integral part of our training.
As you always attempt to win every competition, when you first begin wrestling, it’s important to compete even when you don’t have the tools to win yet. Despite your ability level, competition brings out the best of each athlete and creates a challenge to stimulate additional development. On the surface, tournaments are the best way to measure your progress in training; the more you win, the better you’re doing! Competing also shows you the progress of other athletes (from various areas). Through competition, you will face an opponent who’s much better than you. Wrestling teams practice with each other and end up coaching with a limited number of partners. No matter how large the team, you’re lucky to get more than a few partners of your same weight to train with. It doesn’t take long until you get used to wrestling with the very same guys to the stage you can almost predict their next movement. Smart coaches are always looking for additional teams to practice with to keep their athletes continuously growing and getting better to protect against the staleness that can occur from working with the very same people over and over again. Competitions are an excellent way to get your hands on new people. Big tournaments that bring in teams from far away are excellent for exposure to new techniques and training styles you would otherwise not have to experience.
During almost every wrestling tournament, you will always meet up with an opponent who tests your limits. This is also an very important component of growing as a wrestler. In many cases, it is only when your skills are truly tested in competition when you really learn your strengths and weaknesses. While winning is fun and certainly the goal, it seems you learn more from the matches you lost rather than the ones that you won. This is because it might take certain situations that is only going to arise during a live game with an opponent you do not understand to make you aware of the holes in your game. The most important time of learning for each wrestler is the short meeting he has with his coach directly after a difficult match. Correction of an error is best remembered directly after the situation. After every competition, whether you won or lost, the most important thing you can do is to walk away with a to-do list of items you will need to work on in your following practices to get better. Competition delivers the most accurate and current list of what you will need to do to improve.
As a beginner, do not let your team’s eagerness to compete steer you away. The worst thing you can do is back off’until you’re ready.’ If you want the fastest improvement in your skills, competing is a crucial part of your practice. Besides providing fresh workout partners, tournaments also drive the intensity of your practice. When you know you are going to be facing opponents in every week, you will push yourself harder during training and attempt to get more from every session. Finally, contests are the most fun you will have in the sport of wrestling; the sooner you start enjoying them the better your season will go! When you first begin wrestling, jump right into a competition in your first 2-3 weeks, irrespective of your physical condition or knowledge base. Regardless of what happens in your first meet (whether you win or lose), you’ll get to see the movements and conditioning of other more seasoned athletes. This will show you what is possible and what your next step looks like.

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