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Guidelines for parents of wrestlers

Guidelines for parents of wrestlers

The attitude shown by parents has a strong influence on, and is often replicated by, your child.  We have listed some guidelines below to remind everyone of what is important in any sport.  

  • Get Involved!  Your club needs your help and support.  Attend club meetings, follow us on Facebook, pick-up announcement flyers at practice, or ask your coaches what is needed to find out how you can help. 
  •  Do not impose your ambitions on your child.  Teach by example rather than with criticism.
  • Remember that wrestling is your child’s activity.  Improvements and progress occur at different rates for each individual.
  • Don’t judge your child’s progress based on the performance of other athletes and don’t push them based on what you think they should be doing.
  • Be supportive no matter what!
  • There is only one question to ask your child: “Did you have fun”?  If meets and practices are not fun, your child should not be forced to participate.  If your child is not enjoying themselves please speak to a coach so that they can support you and your wrestler in making the best adjustments for your child.
  • Do not criticize the officials, coaches, other parents or other wrestlers.
  • You have taken your child to a professional coach; do not undermine that coach by trying to coach your child on the side. Your job is to support, love, and hug your child no matter what. The coach’s job is to develop your child as an athlete. You should not offer advice on technique or mat strategy - it is not your responsibility. This will only serve to confuse your child and prevent that wrestler-coach bond from forming.     
  • Have positive things to say at a wrestling meet.     
  • Acknowledge your child’s fears.
  • Do not expect your child to be an Olympian.
  • Wrestling is much more than the Olympics.  Learn to appreciate all that wrestling can contribute to your child’s development
  • Encourage your child to be gracious in victory, and turn defeat into victory by improving his/her weakness
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