As a coach, there are only a few things I expect of a first year wrestler.
- Be on time every day. This is a good practice not only for wrestling but for life. Being on time isn't just being there when you're supposed to but being ready to go when it's time for practice to start.
- Work hard every day. Some days you won't be feeling the best, some days you will be sore, and some days you just flat out won't want to be there. Ignore those feelings and push yourself. Not only will it help you and your teammates but it will make you stand out to your coaches regardless of your record.
- Don't be afraid to ask questions. I've seen many talented guys not reach their potential because they were too embarrassed to ask. If you aren't comfortable asking in the middle of practice, ask your coach if they can stay a little late and work on whatever problems you are having.
- Pay attention! If your coach is taking the time to explain something to you, listen to them. They may not always come across in the best way but they do want what's best for you and their advice should be heeded.
- Learn the difference between being hurt and being injured. Wrestling is a long, tough season. You will be banged up. You will be sore. Learn the difference between being sore and tired and if you are truly injured. I am in no way saying to ignore an injury. But at the same time, things are going to hurt and not be 100%. Figure out the difference and overcome some adversity.
- Have fun! This is the most important tip I can give anyone. You only have a certain amount of seasons to enjoy this great sport as a competitor. Make the most of it. Make some memories with some guys and girls who will become like family. My goal as a coach is not only to produce great wrestlers, but great humans. A lot of the toughness you learn in wrestling will directly transfer into other aspects of life. So enjoy your time and make the most of it.
Goodluck this season and if you need anything, don't be afraid to reach out.
Also, if any other coaches or wrestlers have advice feel free to post it here! Lots of good discussions going on.
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