Thou hath heard it said: Thou Shalt not reach back, thou shalt not step over a whizzer, and thou shalt not granby roll whence thy opponent hath a half nelson.
Here are the 7 Cardinal Sins of Mindset in Wrestling:
1. Indifference/Apathy- there is no room for half-hearted intensity in this sport.
2. Stubbornness- uncoachable wrestlers become unsuccessful wrestlers
3. Pride- if you think you have all the answers you better start asking better questions. Keep a white belt mentality!
4. Self-Doubt- enough said
5. Cautiousness- if you hesitate you lose. You gotta err on the side of gutsy and Pull the Trigger!
6. Perfectionism- the ultimate double edge sword.
7. Overseriousness- wrestling and life is supposed to be enjoyable. Don't take life too serious you'll never get out alive (thanks Dr Seuss). Wrestling is important to all of us but at the end of the day its just a sport. Enjoy it, Seize the day and Have Fun!
I have a sign up in my office that says- Play Like a Champion Today. This is a symbol of Consistency to me. In the way I work, train, and live.
There is no magical formula for success. It simply boils down to doing the right things on a consistent basis.
Before you talk about winning a state, national or Olympic title you have to talk about consistency. Consistency in your training and consistency in the way you live.
Strength training works- if you do it consistently.
Proper Nutrition works- if you do it consistently.
Mindset training works- if you do it consistently.
Your Effort and Attitude must be held high consistently. I am not interested in working with people who are complacent or looking to just get by. I want to work with athletes who are looking to get better on the mat, in school, in their personal relationships, and in life.
If you work with us though, you are going to do it the only way I know that works- Consistently.
Consistent mental and physical training leads to consistency in competition.
Treat every match, practice, and competition like the Olympic finals, because one day it just may be. And when that day comes no one will be more prepared than you!
Play Like a Champion Today!
1. Verbally & Non-verbally communicate you believe in them. Kyle Dake said his mom told him he could do anything dozens of times every day!
2. Verbally & Non-verbally communicate that you accept them, love them, & are proud of them NO MATTER WHAT. Reinforce winning, perfection, & success are much lower on your priority list than their fun, happiness, & enjoyment- you might be surprised how much more success this brings with it.
3. Praise their performance, not their outcome. You want to complement a kid for positive qualities like wrestling hard, taking chances, going for moves, staying positive, maintaining composure, never quitting, etc. The wrestler mastering these qualities will eventually be the one who succeeds. Complementing them too much for winning teaches them that winning is all that matters, and by default losing disappoints you.
4. Ask your kid permission before giving your opinion/criticism. Ie. Would you mind my opinion… (This gives the kid a sense of power during a sensitive interaction).
5. Don’t always talk about wrestling too much at home. Let your kid bring it up first most of the time. Let your home be a place of peace, positivity, & mental recovery.
6. Be positive & supportive. 9 out of 10 times, this is what your kid would like.
7. If you read the forums, newspapers, rankings, box scores, DON’T talk about it with your kid.
8. Know your role. Wrestlers wrestle. Coaches coach. Officials officiate. Parents parent. And there should be very little, if any, overlap between them.
9. Don’t make match/tournament day special. Your kids can sense this & it usually leads to them doing the same thing. You want them treating everything the same, so should you.
10. When in doubt- LAY OFF! This is tough to do, but it is often the right thing to do, especially when you know your kid is already serious about the sport.
Note: Most people, no matter how old they are, want to make their parents proud. People are keenly aware of their parent’s judgments & opinions of their parents more than anyone else. Even the highest level wrestlers I have worked with are sensitive to the verbal & non-verbal praise and critique of their parents. Know this- you have the power to help them or hurt them more than anyone else in the world.
Wrestling Mindset is doing revolutionary things! ONLY In our Full Mindset Program, we include a full Parent & Coach Inventory which offers Mindset Guide for the Wrestler, their Coaches, & their Parents- no one is left out, nothing is left to chance. This is a small excerpt from the Parent Mindset Guide.
For more information on the Mindset Program, check it out here.
Random/Varied Drilling > Blocked Drilling
Penn State, Oklahoma State, and others have adopted this Russian style of practice.
Blocked Drilling (what most people do)- - practicing the same move over and over with little-no resistance from a partner. ie. drilling a double leg takedown over and over again.
Random Drilling (what Russians do)- practicing moves in no particular sequence with varied levels of partner resistance.
Research shows that Blocked Drilling works well for beginners, but once a certain level of mastery is attained over any move, the athlete should switch to Varied/Random drilling.
Blocked drilling gives you a false sense of mastery in practice, but over time Random Drilling proves to have higher levels of motor learning and performance success.
Lesson-Hold off temporary feelings of success for actual success in matches!
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