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Most recent issue of WIN Magazine had an informative interview with Dan Gable regarding youth wrestling. Some takeaways from Dan:
"Retention within the sport should be even more important than winning at the youth level."
"Coaches should be coaching for the sake of the sport and not just for the elite young wrestlers."
"[Youth wrestlers] have been in class all day long. Give them a break by not just giving them more instruction."
"... coaches have to do a great job of making sure these kids enjoy some positive results. That doesn’t mean that they have to win..."
"One thing that is important to include is a kid’s won-loss record because it will show how much success they are having...If there is a match-up that does not look good, [the coaches] should not have it."
[Note: Takedown Scoring and Stats is a great way to record match outcomes and share win/loss records with other coaches prior to competition.]
"My first organized event did not happen until junior high school."