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Coaching with deliberate simplicity

high school season is in the rear view mirror. You may not have been satisfied
with the results you are getting from your team.  Your system is perfectly designed to produce
the result you are getting.  That may be
a painful statement as you reflect on the past season.  The good news is our past does not define our
present future.  BUT our past results
gives us a framework to ask some tough questions as we look to our present
future.  Our passion to grow as an
effective coach is critical to building the best program for our student
athletes.  It begins with our desire to
be growth oriented.  

leaders, our charge: “Live to leave a legacy.”
Teach lessons that last far beyond a wrestling career.  Being growth oriented, I am determined to
design a strategy to prepare our team for triumph in life.  Now is the time for some thoughts and
reflection that will make an impact in developing our next generation of

What work needs to be done to
prepare for next year?  

years success is discovered in the “off-Season.” Coherence and consistency is a
by-product of clarity. Be clear on your strategy.  Are you thinking through a systematic consistent
plan to prepare for the battles ahead?  Everyone
that walks through your door has been created with wrestling potential.  

How do we maximize potential?

I would
suggest coaching with deliberate simplicity and having a 3 dimensional strategy to your game plan.

We are
faced with challenges to address in three main areas of an athletes life: physical, mental and spiritual.  To leave a healthy legacy, all three areas
must have a planned purpose in your practice room.  The secret to success is not the quality of
the training facilities.  The secret to
success is what happens in the training.

As we
all know, many athletes need wrestling more than wrestling needs them.  Not everyone that walks through our door will
become an Olympic or a World Champion.
The vast majority of wrestlers will not compete at the next level.  But I believe that everyone that walks
through our door has been created with wrestling potential.  Life is a wrestling match.  We have the opportunity to teach lessons that
go way beyond the mat. We are building wrestling champions in the battles of

As a
coach, it is easy to get caught up in the wins and losses in a season and miss
the biggest opportunity we have been entrusted: maximizing the wrestling
potential physically, mentally and spiritually.
The challenge is to be a three
dimensional coach
. Be growth oriented in these three areas.  Growth happens when we have a predisposition
towards action. Action begins with a plan.
Success comes from both the
hours you put in and what you put into the hours.  

What is your plan for physical

first level of development that needs a strategy is physical. Our athletes need
to be prepared to wrestle from their feet, top and bottom.  Build on a connected series of techniques
that help the wrestler understand action-reaction.  Wrestling is not one move but a series of
moves that are connected.  Help the
athlete understand the connection.
Create a system that is simple and train them to be better than anyone in
the world in your system from the feet, top and bottom. Build a plan that
prepares them physically to prevail through every second of the battle.  

What is your plan for mental

Physical action
is the starting point.  The second
dimension of coaching is in the mental development.  Reflection therefore is fundamental to the
learning process. Do not neglect the importance of the mental aspect to our
sport. Build a rhythm of action and reflection in your training.  The “Grind Match” is great for physical
development, but its greater contribution is in the mental development of the
wrestler.  (The Grind Match is a one or
two hour non-stop wrestling session with no time outs or breaks in
action.)  It is physically exhausting,
and it will expose the competitor’s mental process. To take your participant’s
through a grueling practice without giving them a focused time of reflection
limits the maximized effectiveness of the workout.  Ultimately, a coach wants the athlete to take
personal possession of the plan.  

How do we help our athlete take

1.   Action-Reflection.  

2.   Repetition-Revelation

is drilling a series of connected techniques over and over building consistent
repetition-then allowing time for personal revelation.  Until they have thought through and connected
the techniques personally their wrestling will be disconnected. They will have
a difficult time trusting their skills and taking the risk when the ref blows
the whistle. Creating action that leads to a new way of thinking that builds
confidence in their ability to win with the tools they have been given.
Ownership of their wrestling strategy is created by action-reflection and

What is your plan for spiritual

coaches have limited thought and care that has been put into this aspect in training
their athlete.  But if our desire is to
Live to leave a legacy” this dimension of coaching is the most important.  This is the third dimension of coaching that
requires a purposed plan. Wrestling is an intensely personal sport.  Dealing with success and loss from a
spiritual perspective can build champions where character is shaped and molded
most effectively.  The purpose is to
unlock our athletes’ immense potential to grow beyond a wrestling career.  This will help them appreciate the purpose of
sport long term. It will equip them with the tools necessary to connect their
athletic journey with their future struggles that life inevitably dispenses.

Wrestling (www.fcawrestling.org) offers 3D coaches clinics.  The 3D Coaches Clinic offers the model that
takes coaches from simply a transactional/technical coach, to a coach of true
transformation.  Coaching that will prepare
you in living to leave a legacy.  

be growth oriented.  Leaders lead.  AND Leaders are best developed by other
leaders. Look into the opportunities that a 3D Coaches Clinic could help you maximize
your effectiveness as a coach.  The lives
that we have been entrusted with requires a high level of accountability for us
to be the best we can be in making a positive impact in the next

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