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    gsmith58 reacted to davecloud in Let's shake things up--new rules ideas   
    OK, time to play rules czar for a day. What rule/rule change would you propose to make the sport better? To save everyone some time, there will probably NEVER be one foot in bounds for a takedown. The safety concerns from the NFHS will always trump added benefit from more scoring at the edge. With many gyms having inadequate space, it would be difficult to have a uniformly enforced rule. Here is my proposal:
    Four point near-fall after a four count. 
    Rationale: More scoring equal more excitement. Also, easy to understand: two count in danger equals two points, four count equals four points. More reward for scoring should encourage more mat wrestling leading to fewer out of bounds situations, speeding up matches. Also, bigger scoring opportunity could lead to more comebacks from deficits. Ideally, faster matches might even lead to NFHS someday approving six match limit instead of five. A 16 man bracket with full wrestlebacks to third could then be done in one day.
    Let's hear your thoughts on this and your ideas for a rule addition/change. New proposal period for wrestling rules opens June 1, 2019
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    gsmith58 reacted to Kookie953 in Let's shake things up--new rules ideas   
    Mat-side weigh ins.  You said I'm czar for the day.  Haha.
    As a process guy in my "professional" life, the whole idiocy of weigh-ins days or hours before actually wrestling defeats the purpose.  It would literally take a few seconds per match.  
    You miss weight, it's a forfeit.  All the sudden you have eliminated your issue of kids cutting too much and people will wrestle their true weight.
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    gsmith58 reacted to TeamGarcia in Best Teams   
    Well, what if you took Bloomington (7) Champions and they probably have a few Placers back then . Where would they fall in that unofficial scoring system  ? 
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    gsmith58 got a reaction from coach_worden in Best Teams   
    Depending on how far back you want to go, throw in Delta and Bloomington South.
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    gsmith58 got a reaction from QuinnHarris in Best Teams   
    Depending on how far back you want to go, throw in Delta and Bloomington South.
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    gsmith58 got a reaction from piscis1956 in Short List ?   
    I stand corrected. Nevertheless, he was a lot of fun to watch. He talked about in the same way the four-timers are today. 
     
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    gsmith58 got a reaction from Cody LeCount in Perry Meridian RTC   
    McKinley, LeCount, or James
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    gsmith58 got a reaction from MackG in Impact freshman   
    I have exhibit A as to why parents hold their kids back. I have roughly 30+ videos of my 87lb son wrestling 106. Trust me on this one.
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    gsmith58 got a reaction from bomber_bob in Impact freshman   
    I have exhibit A as to why parents hold their kids back. I have roughly 30+ videos of my 87lb son wrestling 106. Trust me on this one.
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    gsmith58 reacted to Perseverance in Impact freshman   
    Have to admit......I entertained the idea with Silas.  But ultimately.....had I done so, I would’ve outwardly been setting an example of athletics overriding academics.  And that’s a major breach of the Allred’s household priority line.
    Being fully transparent.....Regardless of my sons success through relentless hard work, I still frequently think on the “what if’s”.  He could legit be a sophomore right now and not such a young junior.  Increased accolades in-state and Nationally would undoubtedly be attained.  But ultimately....if athletics isn’t the back up plan to education/career, we’re setting our kids up for misaligned values.  Make no mistake.....Silas plans to take the sport as far as his health, work ethic and God allows.  But one reality we’ve embraced.....is that the events of tomorrow can never be fully predicted.  And in retrospect......being young for his class and having to work harder to compensate for the age gap, has likely benefited his long term success and character much more than any medal could.  And rest assured, as it pertains to the topic of age/success/recruiting......programs are very aware of an athletes age/projection. So in most instances.....being young and successful is even more appealing to recruiters.  And that “success” I refer to here.....goes far beyond what an athlete accomplishes in their particular sport.  Character & Classroom has to come first.
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    gsmith58 got a reaction from Champ725 in Impact freshman   
    Nope. That's why we didn't hold him back. It wasn't even a consideration; I couldn't justify it developmentally or academically. That said, I get why folks whose sons (and daughters) are very small do. Of course, I want him to do well, but wins and losses are secondary to just being able to compete and compete safely.
    It may just be my perception since my son is training at academies, but there are a lot of kids being held back. And, I haven't noticed the social stigma. It is certainly feasible, but I haven't noticed.
     
     
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    gsmith58 got a reaction from Y2CJ41 in Impact freshman   
    Nope. That's why we didn't hold him back. It wasn't even a consideration; I couldn't justify it developmentally or academically. That said, I get why folks whose sons (and daughters) are very small do. Of course, I want him to do well, but wins and losses are secondary to just being able to compete and compete safely.
    It may just be my perception since my son is training at academies, but there are a lot of kids being held back. And, I haven't noticed the social stigma. It is certainly feasible, but I haven't noticed.
     
     
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    gsmith58 got a reaction from bwoodjc89 in Impact freshman   
    I have exhibit A as to why parents hold their kids back. I have roughly 30+ videos of my 87lb son wrestling 106. Trust me on this one.
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    gsmith58 reacted to SpartanDog in Saving Seats   
    I hate that we have to evacuate after the Saturday morning session and reenter for the evening session. Why not have the IU vs Purdue dual during that down time? Everyone could watch some BIG10 wrestling before the evening Finals.
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    gsmith58 reacted to hummels in Saving Seats   
    25 years ago we would stand in line between rounds so we could get lower, middle seats.  When we would get there, there would be Tape across several rows and newspapers over many seats left from the round before.  I would do my part in cleaning trash from the sections and gather up all the tape and throw away all the discarded newspapers ! ! !
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    gsmith58 reacted to rhayes in Saving Seats   
    The caution tape and sheets are done by coaches because they get in early. The arena staff should go in and take all of that stuff down as soon as it is put up. 
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    gsmith58 reacted to Manimal2001 in Saving Seats   
    Chesterton every year lol
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    gsmith58 got a reaction from Bulldog89 in Article: #MondayMatness: Bellmont, family tradition carries on with Ruble brothers   
    I recall being at a Middle School tourney in West Virginia. Ike lost a tough match to another very good Indiana kid. What struck me was instead of sulking, he grabbed a tablet and studied his match. As he watched it, he would occasionally purse his lips with a slight shake of his head. I can recall thinking this is a kid that is bound for success. I often remind my own son of that scene and how you conduct yourself.
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    gsmith58 got a reaction from Sig40 in Top Middle School Wrestlers 2018/2019   
    Indeed!! I am certain that Kyle could be competitive at 106 right now. Given 4 more years who knows, might be the next Seltzer or that other freshman at 126...I can't remember his name. Just saying!
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    gsmith58 reacted to Champ725 in State champion locks ...because the tournament is drawing near   
    I believe 126 will be one of the most exciting Championships having a potential 3 timer with the potential 2 timer or the Potential 4x Timer . 
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    gsmith58 got a reaction from bwoodjc89 in State champion locks ...because the tournament is drawing near   
    I certainly would not count him out, but a lock...in that class?
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    gsmith58 got a reaction from JHS95151 in State champion locks ...because the tournament is drawing near   
    I certainly would not count him out, but a lock...in that class?
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    gsmith58 got a reaction from Dwilly in Weight Classes, just for discussion   
    Amen!
    This strikes a nerve with me. My freshman son is 85lbs soaking wet, but he's a pretty decent wrestler. He can compete with bigger kids, but giving up +20lbs is a stretch (particularly to the Cottey's, Dalton's, & Nelson's, etc). 
    Competing on a level playing field was the whole reason that I encouraged him to wrestle. He wrestles year-round in the academies, and I can assure you there are a number of very good kids at or around his weight. Many parents just hold their kids back; who can blame them. We can't, in good conscience, do that, so one way or the other he's going to take his lumps. It is what it is. I understand the rationale, but given how hard he (and the other little guys) have worked; the idea of 110 as the lowest class gets me a bit frosty.
     
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    gsmith58 got a reaction from pritchem in Weight Classes, just for discussion   
    Amen!
    This strikes a nerve with me. My freshman son is 85lbs soaking wet, but he's a pretty decent wrestler. He can compete with bigger kids, but giving up +20lbs is a stretch (particularly to the Cottey's, Dalton's, & Nelson's, etc). 
    Competing on a level playing field was the whole reason that I encouraged him to wrestle. He wrestles year-round in the academies, and I can assure you there are a number of very good kids at or around his weight. Many parents just hold their kids back; who can blame them. We can't, in good conscience, do that, so one way or the other he's going to take his lumps. It is what it is. I understand the rationale, but given how hard he (and the other little guys) have worked; the idea of 110 as the lowest class gets me a bit frosty.
     
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    gsmith58 got a reaction from bluemonster in Weight Classes, just for discussion   
    Amen!
    This strikes a nerve with me. My freshman son is 85lbs soaking wet, but he's a pretty decent wrestler. He can compete with bigger kids, but giving up +20lbs is a stretch (particularly to the Cottey's, Dalton's, & Nelson's, etc). 
    Competing on a level playing field was the whole reason that I encouraged him to wrestle. He wrestles year-round in the academies, and I can assure you there are a number of very good kids at or around his weight. Many parents just hold their kids back; who can blame them. We can't, in good conscience, do that, so one way or the other he's going to take his lumps. It is what it is. I understand the rationale, but given how hard he (and the other little guys) have worked; the idea of 110 as the lowest class gets me a bit frosty.
     
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