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  2. jetwrestling

    NFHS looking to reduce weight classes

    Adman Central has had a lay head coach for last 12 years. We hold a free elementary camp each season right before club sign ups. This is always well attended and we pick up some new kids for the club each year. We had 75 elementary club kids this year, our biggest numbers maybe ever. Solid numbers for a 1A school. The other big thing is to build relationships and be visible year round. The youth baseball fields is the place to be in Monroe all summer. Visibility and relationships may be a little easier in a small community where the coaches have grown up.
  3. MattM

    Seymour Teaching & Coaching Openings

    Current openings HS - Agriculture, Industrial Tech, Math, & Language Arts MS - Social Studies (An alternative education opening will be posted shortly) Multiple Elementary openings.
  4. I have a few open spots for Grand River Rumble HS 07/13 and 14 call or text 574 361 9561
  5. Thor

    Best Wrestling Families

    I’m pretty sure he got the total win record last year. He’ll finally be a senior next year, and I’m told he’s the last Fiechter from that family to wrestle.
  6. davecloud

    NFHS looking to reduce weight classes

    Thanks Nick and Maligned for contributing to the conversation. Like the bowling tournament idea. We have three elementary schools so I am looking for a way to reach out to them to get the sixth graders into the middle school program. Nick: Steal away. Almost surely stole all of them myself!!
  7. davecloud

    NFHS looking to reduce weight classes

    For sure, being a lay coach makes it more difficult to reach the kids. So let's hear from some our lay coaches who have good numbers. How do you reach kids? I send an e-mail to every sixth grade boy to get them info on joining football and wrestling. The school sends my approved e-mail for me. My middle school principal even had mailing labels printed so I can send every kid a letter, too.
  8. brickfor6

    Past regional qualifiers

    http://www.ihsaa.org/Resources/IHSAAYearbooksHandbooks/tabid/2087/Default.aspx#3718117-1970s This might help. IHSAA yearbooks
  9. AC Computer

    Best Wrestling Families

    There's another Fiechter, William, who qualified for state last year. I think they may now lead the way in family victories. William has at least one more year, maybe two.
  10. Justin Ratliff

    Indiana Smackdown @ Grand River Rumble *Weights Needed*

    Update on weights needed: 9U 56, 92, HWT 12U 86 15U 75, 80, 85, 95, 140, 170
  11. Purdue Polytechnic HS is a 2nd year program in Central Indy that will be IHSAA sanctioned for the upcoming season. We have a full lineup and are looking to fill a tough schedule. We are looking for a dual or tournament the first week of December as well as a dual or tournament in January. Please contact me if interested! Cory Graham 317-908-2248 jamesjo328@gmail.com
  12. Great pickup for them. Congrats Kid it's been a fun ride with you and your family. i'm sure will all still get together every now and then. Thanks for being a great practice partner for Xayvier and Brayden. More importantly and great friend. Will be watching and rutting for you. Curtis Family
  13. WOC

    Past regional qualifiers

    I wrestled from '76 - '79 and 2 went from sectional to regional.
  14. maligned

    Past regional qualifiers

    At least back to 90-91 it was 2. I know in the 70s, at least until 1976-77, only one from sectional went to regional. Not sure when or how things evolved between those two markers.
  15. Blumafia

    2019 Head Coaching Changes

    Assistant coach / MS coaching job @ Castle High School in Newburgh, IN Lots of talent coming through there in the next few years!!!!
  16. maligned

    NFHS looking to reduce weight classes

    Probably have to find non-creepy ways to get around kids outside of wrestling practice days...Taking your MS and HS wrestlers to support other sports' teams, the bowling tournament or similar idea as an open event sponsored by the wrestling team, developing relationship with other sports' coaches and school administrators and getting permission to come in and do pitches during school or other sports' practices...etc.
  17. bbulldog152

    Past regional qualifiers

    Thanks anyone have before 94? I need to get up to 70-71
  18. Y2CJ41

    Past regional qualifiers

    From at least 1994-2002 was the top 2 qualified for regional.
  19. bbulldog152

    Past regional qualifiers

    I've been updating my teams history book since I've been head coach. One thing I plan on adding by request is regional qualifiers. I have it up dated from 2002-2019. I know where the year books are on the ihsaa site. What I need is a time line of what qualifed for regionals from sectionals. I know in 2002-2003 the moved it from 2 to 4. Was it always two before then? Or was it ever a different number.
  20. coachaking

    12/14/19 John Glenn Super Dual

    We have had interest from Tippy Valley and Lawrenceburg. And one commit from Fairfield looking to get some more commits soon so we can continue to move forward with the planning of our event.
  21. Coach Brobst

    NFHS looking to reduce weight classes

    Great ideas, Dave! I've had up years and down years with numbers over my career, but more up than down recently and there's only one real reason why: The focus of the culture is on developing good young men, having fun, and winning along the way....in that order. Still have days/weeks/moments when I lose sight of why I do this and think my only purpose is to build a team that wins championship, and that's definitely part of what I want to do, but ensuring they're having fun has to be goal #1. Even with this in mind, in a decade of coaching, I've still never had a team that didn't have at least 2-3 kids quit, sometimes there's nothing you can do, the sport just isn't for everyone. Here's a few things I've found works: 1) Make Dual Meets fun! If the student body gets fired up about going to a wrestling dual, more athletes will want to be a part of the program. A major disadvantage we have is that we aren't a "glory" sport, but shining a light on the hard work the boys do helps with recruitment and more importantly, with retention. Look at what Brownsburg has done in their turnaround there. Turned the sport into an event that is must-see. You think it's a coincidence they have stud football players showing up in the room winning state titles? 2) Monthly, in season or out, we try to do something as a team that is fun. Go to Cedar Point. Take the team to the Indiana Dunes. Go camping. Team Camaraderie goes a long way when interested kids ask current wrestlers why they wrestle. If they respond, "It sucks, but I love it," you may have an issue recruiting new kids. When they say, "I wrestle because it's fun," something has gone right. 3) Involve yourself in the feeder programs. We have 4 Middle Schools, 2 feed 98% of their students to us at HSE, the other 2 are split between us and Fishers,It'd be easy to ignore the other 2 schools as 80% of their kids go to Fishers HS, but I try to run a practice or 2 at each MS immediately following the HS season. And I make it fun! I try to get to know the MS Athlete when they're in 7th grade, so when I reach out as they are incoming, they already know me. This was a lot easier at Mooresville with 1 MS, but I have a great involved staff of Assistants that help out and attend MS events and practices as well so that they're always seeing someone with HSE wrestling gear on in their corner. 4) Spend time, as a head coach, with your JV kids. Not just on the mat, but off the mat too. A lot of coaches have a tendency to focus on the best wrestlers (State Qualifiers and Placers make us look good), but I've been around to see what happens to a program when the emphasis is only on the Varsity kids winning as much as possible and the JV kids get run off. What happens when those Varsity kids graduate? You wind up with a lot more holes in the line-up than you should have because average wrestlers or developmental kids who may have turned into a solid starter leave because they didn't feel anyone cared about their success. I attend every JV event that doesn't conflict with a Varsity one. I may be late due to practice or Youth Club, but I show up to show the kids that I care, and I have 3-4 Assistant Coaches that understand why working with these less capable wrestlers is important and do a great job in practice and at meets. In my experience, these are some of the most valuable people to surround your kids with. I'm going start stealing some of the ideas Dave uses as well. Ultimately, you have to find what works for each school. All 3 that I've worked at have been different, but ultimately, the #1 reason kids do a sport is to have fun. Sometimes, it's hard to remember that, but if you do, growth isn't far behind.
  22. The problem with this is that we have many lay coaches who aren't in the building all day long. Wrestling it seems has quite a few lay coaches and that does not help with recruiting and retention of athletes.
  23. Coaches, Parents and Wrestlers, As you prepare for the off-season, we hope that you will consider coming to one of Iron Sharpens Iron Team Wrestling Camps four team camps this summer. Our first team camp is in Dubuque,Iowa on June 10-13, the second is in Richmond,Indiana June 26-June 29, the third camp is July 9-12 in Bloomington,Illinois and the fourth camp is in Grinnell,Iowa July 17-20. Our camps will feature many great counselors like Vincenzo Joseph, Gable Steveson,Myles Martin, J'den Cox, Zahid Valencia, Jason Nolf and others. Hopefully we will see you this summer! ISI Team 319-404-0722 www.isiteamcamps.com
  24. ehscoach

    NFHS looking to reduce weight classes

    I worried that one day we would cut weight classes, but I always thought it would be by 1 to 13 so that there was a logical tie-breaker in a dual meet. I always hoped they added 1 for a tie-breaker. I can’t see how cutting 2 is good for the sport. I do like the idea of 14 total wrestlers regardless of weight class on varsity.
  25. V and M's Dad

    NFHS looking to reduce weight classes

    We don't have wrestlebacks!! I thinks Faulkens is okay with doing his own thing.
  26. Congratulations, Cody. Proud to have competed against you the last four years. Coach Cloud Arabian Wrestling
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