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    Default How do 5 year old wrestlers get so good....what do parents do???

    I was just wondering how parents can get their kids to start wrestling at the age of 5, and for them to stick with it and go to all those national tournaments and stuff. How do they get them to be such good wrestlers??? At such a young age...

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    Default Re: How do 5 year old wrestlers get so good....what do parents do???

    Quote Originally Posted by pin2win1 View Post
    I was just wondering how parents can get their kids to start wrestling at the age of 5, and for them to stick with it and go to all those national tournaments and stuff. How do they get them to be such good wrestlers??? At such a young age...
    Well, you can introduce your son to the sport at the age of 5, and then see what happens. Remember, "he" has to be the one that likes/want's to go to the practices and tournaments, not "you".

    Most of the time the parents aren't the ones that make the kids so good, but the ones that make the kids dislike the sport. Some of it is luck... living in an area that has a great coach/youth program/club is a major plus.

    My boys are 6 and 9, and have yet to be to an "official" youth practice. Why? They don't wan't to. But they LOVE wrestling and have been around it their whole life. Whenever "they" want, I take them to some local tournaments and every now and then hit a regional or national event such as, Big Horn Nationals & Rocky Mountain Nationals. So at this time in their wrestling careers, they are just everyday average wrestlers with no credetials what so ever. So, does that mean they won't be world beaters come HS and College?? Heck No, In fact I have no doubt they'll pass most, if not all the kids that are, at this point beating them, and end up very successful wrestlers.

    In all, it's a individual by individual case, some kids are just very mature and have natural abilities that take them very far at a young age and when others catch up, it's not fun anymore and quit. We have a Tulsa National Champion(youth) on our HS team(below .500 record) and my boys have better technique and not as many bad habits as he does and 8-10 years less experience??? Go figure.

    If you're looking to get your kid involved in wrestling.....great, but make sure he want's to do it, not YOU. Check around, and see if there is a good club/youth program, then take your boy to one of the practices to watch. See if "he" thought it looked fun and see if he wants to try it? Then go from there.

    Just my thoughts.....but then again, I had to have been one of the luckiest kids in the world. I had one of the best coaches in the country, but he also just happend to be my dad.
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    My nephew, who will turn six next Saturday, tagged along with me to a couple of high school meets over the past couple of years, and just loved watching wrestling. He wanted to try "wesseling." Last night, he went to his first practice, and told me that he loved it and didn't want to leave when his father showed up. I have no idea if this will continue, but he is happy now. Do I want him to fall in love with the sport as I have, and continue until he is old and creaky? Of course I do. But I'm leaving it up to him. Pushing a kid too much often pushes them right out of the sport, and ridiculous expectations do the same. Right now, the only expectation that is appropriate is that he goes to every practice and listens to his coach.

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    All a Parent can do is support the desires of the Child. As a wrestling coach I would love for my son to wrestle but I realize he may want to be in the band which I have to support. If the parents will sopport the child will excel because they want to get better at what they like.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bluestater View Post
    Do I want him to fall in love with the sport as I have, and continue until he is old and creaky?
    It happens . . .
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    I agree with everything that has been posted and UGLY you had it right on!! I wish there were more parents out there with your mindset.

    Too many times Parents push their kids to do something that they love to do and the kids who might have actually liked the sport end up hating it. I was lucky even though my father loved wrestling he never forced me to take up the sport. I ended up wrestling but not until I wanted to.

    In HS and College my coaches would have us work little kids tourneys and it would make me sick the way some of the parents acted!!

    Sorry got off topic there.

    Most of the 5 year olds that are so good love the sport and have parents that support them in a positive manner.

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