I guess someone missed the disclaimer at the top.
NOTE: This is not a place to argue about ideas - this is simply to get some ideas for the ISWA to consider. We'll do all the arguing in a proper meeting setting.
But since you want to call me out, here goes.
1. To improve the participation in Freestyle/Greco you are going to have to convince the wrestlers that this style is to their advantage. At this point FS/Greco comes around every four years (Olympics). Sorry about that, but Folkstyle is always there (middle school, high school, college). Stop hammering away at the IHSAA, ISWA, IHSWCA, etc. Go to the national level and work for a common level in wrestling.
The coaches need to teach the styles for the kids to go use them. I have heard way too many coaches complain about the rule changes in FS/GR and if they spent as much time teaching techniques as they do complaining their kids would be a ton better. It starts with coaches emphasizing these styles.
We will never go to international styles at the high school and collegiate levels for two very distinct reasons. First, just look at the throw from Fargo that is being discussed. Secondly, athletic directors do not know enough about wrestling or care enough to change it.
For that reason, we need a way to emphasize all three styles instead of just one.
2. Again you have to go to the national level to address this one. USA sets cost for cards.
That is why I said it won't happen.
3. The tournaments are there but the participation is low. Two tournaments or one hundred doesn’t matter.
The number of freestyle tournaments within an hour drive of where I live has dropped tremendously. Some this year even went to a folkstyle tournament during what is usually the freestyle season. During the folkstyle season there are tournaments within a half hour of us every weekend from late January until March.
4. RED FLAG, hand picked is a recipe for disaster. Send the best you can recruit at each weight (according to the selection criteria) and work with that. Trying to beg or pay a better wrestler to participate may get you a medal or title but will cost you in the long run.
Is that disaster competing for a medal every year? Other states handpick their teams and do quite well. Sometimes the way we do it for 50 years isn't always the best way. Open your eyes and look around us, say Illinois and Ohio and how are they successful with their duals teams?
5. This is a control issue. Where are the wrestlers at any given point? The controlling organization is at the mercy of the hosting group as to the how the wrestlers are being monitored.
The kids would have practices throughout the day and basically just stay at the host family's house at night. Nothing too big of a deal here. It would be about the same as they do now, just a different and possibly cheaper place to stay for both the ISWA and the kid. If there were 25 kids at each training camp, with 10 needing a host family that is a lot cheaper than housing 25 kids. Use of a school's facilities would be cheaper than using St. Joseph's.
6. Open for discussion.
wow, one thing that you don't rip, thanks!
7. The ISWA hold OPEN monthly meetings for exactly this purpose. Please see the ISWA site for time and location.
I'm sorry I answered this question. I will not offer any more suggestions even when prompted to unless its at a certified ISWA meeting. Sorry for wasting your time.
8. If they are not showing up for the existing camps and tournaments there must be a problem. Lack of interest, coaches not interested in female participation, etc.?
I'm sure there are more issues than the ones I presented. I never stated they were the sole reasons.
9. The number of officials has always been a problem. Money is not the issue. Control is the issue. The ISWA, IHSAA, etc have to crack down even more on coaches. I almost want to say that coaches, like officials, should be licensed. More and more you are seeing high school wrestlers getting into coaching with little or no teaching. Rules change from year to year but coaches are not required to attend rules clinics. In my opinion if a coach approaches the table more than once in a match either he is not current on the rules or the official has a problem.
Coaches do have to go to an IHSAA rules clinic every year. There needs to be an incentive to become an official, it is not a fun thing to do for free food. Dangle the carrot and you'll get a few rabbits, don't dangle any carrots and you'll be lucky to get one rabbit.
10. A work in progress. Keep up the efforts.
I'm sure in some way that is a snide remark towards me, but I'm sure I'm not the only one that feels the way I do. I like the website and it has all the information I need, but sometimes with that much info its not easy to organize it.
I had no comment, I'm glad you know your numbers. I see nothing wrong with the publication.
12. Folkstyle is a cashcow. Sorry if that offend some. If there was not enough participation the season would be shortened.
You are right, I would like to see it shorter to allow more time for FS/GR, but it would hurt where it counts.
I had no comment, I'm glad you know your numbers. I do not know enough about the trip to comment.
I had no comment. The people in charge have worked hard to secure the best venues possible. Of course I would love for the state finals to be at Lucas Oil Stadium, but I doubt that will ever happen.
15. The number of kids that can go has not really changed. The number of tournaments is the problem. If you do not recognize the tournament some other organization will. If it is not a qualifying tournament of some sort it could probably be classified as a moneymaker for some organization.
Is this agreement?