Youth Wrestling

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When my son first started Hutto Wildlife Removal, we joined a club that teaches K-8 children the fundamentals 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 at his first match! My son had hardly learned the mechanics of how to sprawl and one takedown; it didn’t make sense to us to enter a competition when he didn’t understand enough maneuvers, let alone be proficient in them. Our trainer assured us he was not expected to win but that rival was part of the program. So we moved, my son took his licks and we continued to compete during the season, quickly learning the reason why tournaments are part of the process. As my son has continued to wrestle and progressed in skills, competition is now an absolute necessity and integral part of our training.
While you always attempt to win every contest, when you first begin wrestling, it is important to compete even when you don’t have the resources to win yet. Despite your skill level, competition brings out the best of every 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 are doing! Competing also shows you the progress of other athletes (from different areas). Through competition, you will invariably face an opponent who is considerably better than you. This gives you something to work toward and makes it possible to envision what you ultimately want to be like. Wrestling teams practice with one another and end up coaching with a limited number of partners. However large the team, you are lucky to get more than a few partners of your same weight to train with. It does not take long before you get used to wrestling with the same guys to the point you can almost predict their next movement. Wise coaches are always looking for additional teams to practice with to keep their athletes continuously growing and becoming better to prevent the staleness that can occur from working with the very same individuals over and over again. Competitions are an excellent way to get your hands on new people.
During almost every wrestling tournament, you will invariably meet up with an opponent who tests your limits. This is also an very important aspect of growing as a wrestler. In many cases, it’s only when your skills are truly tested in competition when you really learn your strengths and weaknesses. While winning is fun and definitely the goal, it appears you learn more from the games you lost as opposed to the ones you won. This is because it may take certain situations which is only going to arise during a live game with an opponent you don’t know to make you aware of the holes in your game. The most important time of learning for every wrestler is the brief meeting he has with his coach directly after a hard 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 things you need to work on in your following practices to get better. Competition delivers the most accurate and up to date list of what you need to do to improve.
As a beginner, do not allow 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 an essential part of your practice. When you know you’ll be facing opponents in a week, you will push yourself harder during training and try to get more from every session. Finally, contests are the most fun you’ll 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 within your first 2-3 weeks, irrespective of your physical state or knowledge base. Regardless of what happens in your first meet (if you win or lose), you’ll get to see the motions 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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