In wrestling, the plan coaches and athletes set forth at the beginning of the preseason can only be tweaked since major changes can throw off the athlete’s confidence. In the final weeks of the season, polishing wrestling technique and building confidence may be the best approach.
Strategies to prepare for championship tournaments:
- Shorten practices – Limit time from running and lifting and emphasize more actual wrestling.
- Increase competitive wrestling – Allow for more scrimmaging against teammates, which will challenge wrestlers mentally and physically.
- Review goals – By reviewing the goals of your athletes you can learn what has or has not worked. This keeps wrestlers focused on developing and de-emphasizes winning as the only outcome of the season.
- Inspire your wrestlers – As a coach, it’s your job to motivate and inspire your athletes as they gear up for the post season. You can do this by telling anecdotal stories of previous wrestlers, invite former members to speak to the team or show wrestling videos for the athletes to critique.
There are many variables that can occur during the season that can direct a wrestler’s trajectory towards championship competitions. Whether it is hard work, talent, luck or sheer will the athlete has done something positive to earn the right to compete. Preparing them for this phase of the championship season is very important, as most wrestlers aspire to mark the post season on their competitive calendar.
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