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Week One - Framing the Mind for Success

Q & A:

  • How to help our heavy weights... what do you do different to help the kids at 220 and up?
  • Where should I go in Greco techniques or do I stay with regular neutral tactics?

Week Two - Program Philosophies

Q & A:

  • What are some skills that you would put in your down blocking skill set and also what are some of the first tie up series that you would teach your team during the season?
  • How do you reinforce the system you chose for the team, but stop it from being redundant and boring where the wrestlers feel like they have done the same things over and over?
  • How do you address individual needs in conjunction with team needs during practice?
  • What techniques do you start your youth wrestlers with?

Week Three - Tactical Situations (Learn to Win)

Q & A:

  • Looking at your practice plans for the first three weeks how much time did you spend in each section?  i.e Talk:  5 min Warm up:  10 min quick drills:  10 min just trying to get an idea of how you used each section of the practice plan to maximize practice.
  • Dan Gables year long practice planning strategy

Week Four - Competition Analysis & Developmental Planning

Q & A:

  • I have around 5-6 wrestlers on my team that are at much higher level technically than the rest of the team . They wrestle year round with me and at local wrestling clubs. I have about 15 wrestlers that are returning from last year and have a fairly decent grasp of the basics. The other 15-20 guys are practically brand new with little or no wrestling experience up until this preseason, so we have been hitting the fundamentals hard the first few weeks , however I feel like my better guys , the ones that are putting the time in , are not getting as much out of practice as they could be due to the pace we have to teach at. I know you have touched on this but how much do you gear your practices to the elite kids in your room as opposed to the kids just coming out for wrestling for the first time? 
  • How to deal with a crowded practice room...

Week Five - Fundraising Experiment (GoFundMe.com)

Q & A:

  • How do you break up your warm-up time for a big dual meet after a 1hr weigh-in?
  • what drills/things do you do to develop constant motion?
  • What do techniques or skills do you start your youth wrestlers with?  I have a group of kindergartners and 1st grade that are raw and have very little knowledge or ability to control their own bodies.
  • Two subjects I struggle with talking to parents about are wrestlers cutting weight and after a serious injury, how do you approach these?

Week Six - Building a Successful & Healthy Program


Week Seven - Match Day Routine Breakdown

Q & A:

  • What kind of sprint drills do you use?
  • What techniques do you implement to increase mental toughness in kids during the season?
  • Lastly, what would you recommend to help increase wrestlers improving on top?

Week Nine - In Season Strength Training

Q & A:

  • Bottom Strategies for Big Guys
  • Deep Dive on Lift and Return
  • Heavy or Light Hands on Bottom
  • Coaching Structure for Youth, MS & HS

Week Ten - Mid Season Peaking "The Home Stretch"

Q & A:

  • Practice Tips:  Developing Top & Bottom Wrestling
  • Transferring Technique & Intensity from Practice to Matches
  • End of the Year Practice Strategies to Encourage Post Season Peaking
  • Practice Scheduling to Prepare for Big Tournaments

Week Eleven - Promoting Your Program & Events With Facebook

Q & A:

  • What are the most effective techniques on top you have your guys use to beat Tripod Standups?

Week Twelve - Setting Up FB Profiles, Pages, and Events

Q & A:

  • How do you keep HWTs from getting Head Locked when hand Fighting and Looking for Front Headlocks?
  • Really like your in-season strength training program! Quick question: Why do you choose to focus on heavy deadlifts every Monday (as opposed to mixing in heavy squats or cleans)?
  • Could you show the technique, drills and coaching points you use when you teach your guys to: 1) Deal with an opponent's shin whizzer 2) Get good, grinding, forward pressure on top right off the whistle (with a tight waist and a chop or any other hold)

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Bonus Q & A

Q & A

As a team, we've been getting cross-wristed by the top man quite a bit, we've been working on skills such as digging hands in and looking into the chop to prevent this but still an issue.
Two questions:
  • Anything else we can be doing to prevent this?
  • Can you go through, in detail, how you coach your athletes to clear their wrists in this situation both from the knees and from the stomach when the cross-wrist is pulled down low near their hip?

Bonus Q & A #2

Q & A

Coach, How do you handle young (5-7 years old) who focus on the score during matches? I have a few kids who basically give up as soon as their opponent scores on them. They can even be winning the match but as soon as their opponent scores they act as if they lost.