I tire of listening to everyone on this board who nit picks what people are doing to try to better their teams.
This is a false premise. The 'nit picking' is not because people are trying to better their teams. The 'nit picking' is because the state has given all sports virtually the entire summer to work with our teams and and only ask for seven days MORATORIUM. This is not the way it always has been. Instead of honoring the MORATORIUM, "The wrestling club set-up and the regional training center model allows high school coaches to somewhat circumvent some rules" Those are Bobby Cox' words, not mine.
I used to be a Disney Duals basher until I actually took my team there. I can promise everyone here that not one coach who takes there team to Disney is thinking, "man, Disney is the perfect opportunity for me to stick it to the IHSAA and get around Moratorium week."
I don't think anyone is suggesting this. Put yourself in an IHSAA commissioner's role. You have just approved some of the most liberal summer contact rules in the country and all you ask is that you give athletes 7 days away from their coaches/sport/school. Then wrestling clubs start sponsoring groups to go to events that overlap with the those 7 days. The analogy of the kid that always schedules doctor appointments to conflict with practice really fits here. Can you kick that kid off the team? Nope. Are you happy about it? Nope
Seriously? Seriously? Disney Duals is a lot of work if you are going to have a productive experience down there. Anyone can tell you that after wrestling 13 dual meets in 3 days, it's not about fun in the sun. It's about team building and getting better for the next year. It's not about trying to skirt the rules.
No one is claiming anything different. It is my contention that the IHSAA would prefer you use the other 80+ days of the summer to have productive, team building experiences instead of using "The wrestling club set-up and the regional training center model [to] allow high school coaches to somewhat circumvent some rules".
Maybe before all of the coaches jump on this board and start saying how Disney Duals is one of the contributing reasons for the IHSAA getting rid of Team State get real. The IHSAA is going to do what they want, when they want, and there isn't much we can do about it. We can continue to complain about this and point fingers at our own people as the problem, or we can just accept that the reality of the situation is that they are just going to do what they are going to do and make the best out of what we can (IHSWCA Team State is a perfect example of this, instead of complaining, we accepted what was happening, and came up with the best thing that we could for the situation).
That is certainly one way to look at it. I would prefer to think that a more positive relationship with the IHSAA is possible but that it MUST start with wrestling coaches. If that means pointing out actions that might not be in the best interest of the sport and its standing with the IHSAA, so be it. I just think that for the good of the sport it does no good to throw up your hands and accept that coaches can never have influence with the IHSAA. I see too much evidence in other sports of the IHSAA working with coaches associations and making changes that coaches want.