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Clint Gard

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    Clint Gard got a reaction from bgcoach in Flonationals 2019 Indiana Entries   
    Haydn Prater of Rochester finished 2-2 at FS 71kg
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    Clint Gard got a reaction from FCFIGHTER170 in Flonationals 2019 Indiana Entries   
    Haydn Prater of Rochester finished 2-2 at FS 71kg
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    Clint Gard got a reaction from Jayruss in Team State updates   
    I'll be completely transparent.  Our 106 just got back from a broken wrist suffered in PE.  Saturday was his first match.  Our 113 from last year quit.  Our 126/132 has been very sick.  He was there but not healthy.  Our 138 has pneumonia.  Our 160, 182, and 195 are serving a suspension and will be back for Conference and the post season.  Christmas Break was not very kind to us this year.  Oh, and our heavy weight just quit right after team state because "It's just too hard" (Been wrestling since elementary school.). Oh, and our 126 freshman broke his arm on Saturday in the second round.  Yep, I think I got it all...
    We'll regroup...we still have some good wrestling left in us.
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    Clint Gard got a reaction from backtothemat in Team State updates   
    I'll be completely transparent.  Our 106 just got back from a broken wrist suffered in PE.  Saturday was his first match.  Our 113 from last year quit.  Our 126/132 has been very sick.  He was there but not healthy.  Our 138 has pneumonia.  Our 160, 182, and 195 are serving a suspension and will be back for Conference and the post season.  Christmas Break was not very kind to us this year.  Oh, and our heavy weight just quit right after team state because "It's just too hard" (Been wrestling since elementary school.). Oh, and our 126 freshman broke his arm on Saturday in the second round.  Yep, I think I got it all...
    We'll regroup...we still have some good wrestling left in us.
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    Clint Gard got a reaction from piscis1956 in Team State updates   
    I'll be completely transparent.  Our 106 just got back from a broken wrist suffered in PE.  Saturday was his first match.  Our 113 from last year quit.  Our 126/132 has been very sick.  He was there but not healthy.  Our 138 has pneumonia.  Our 160, 182, and 195 are serving a suspension and will be back for Conference and the post season.  Christmas Break was not very kind to us this year.  Oh, and our heavy weight just quit right after team state because "It's just too hard" (Been wrestling since elementary school.). Oh, and our 126 freshman broke his arm on Saturday in the second round.  Yep, I think I got it all...
    We'll regroup...we still have some good wrestling left in us.
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    Clint Gard got a reaction from TripleB in Team State updates   
    I'll be completely transparent.  Our 106 just got back from a broken wrist suffered in PE.  Saturday was his first match.  Our 113 from last year quit.  Our 126/132 has been very sick.  He was there but not healthy.  Our 138 has pneumonia.  Our 160, 182, and 195 are serving a suspension and will be back for Conference and the post season.  Christmas Break was not very kind to us this year.  Oh, and our heavy weight just quit right after team state because "It's just too hard" (Been wrestling since elementary school.). Oh, and our 126 freshman broke his arm on Saturday in the second round.  Yep, I think I got it all...
    We'll regroup...we still have some good wrestling left in us.
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    Clint Gard got a reaction from base in Team State updates   
    I'll be completely transparent.  Our 106 just got back from a broken wrist suffered in PE.  Saturday was his first match.  Our 113 from last year quit.  Our 126/132 has been very sick.  He was there but not healthy.  Our 138 has pneumonia.  Our 160, 182, and 195 are serving a suspension and will be back for Conference and the post season.  Christmas Break was not very kind to us this year.  Oh, and our heavy weight just quit right after team state because "It's just too hard" (Been wrestling since elementary school.). Oh, and our 126 freshman broke his arm on Saturday in the second round.  Yep, I think I got it all...
    We'll regroup...we still have some good wrestling left in us.
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    Clint Gard got a reaction from Antknee in Team State updates   
    I'll be completely transparent.  Our 106 just got back from a broken wrist suffered in PE.  Saturday was his first match.  Our 113 from last year quit.  Our 126/132 has been very sick.  He was there but not healthy.  Our 138 has pneumonia.  Our 160, 182, and 195 are serving a suspension and will be back for Conference and the post season.  Christmas Break was not very kind to us this year.  Oh, and our heavy weight just quit right after team state because "It's just too hard" (Been wrestling since elementary school.). Oh, and our 126 freshman broke his arm on Saturday in the second round.  Yep, I think I got it all...
    We'll regroup...we still have some good wrestling left in us.
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    Clint Gard reacted to dstruck in IHSWCA Fall Clinic October 18-19   
    oops! they will be!!! thanks!!! I called them last night, they are in, just a typo
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    Clint Gard got a reaction from Riley McClurg in An Idea to Think About.   
    Thanks for the clarification Riley!  I don't think Ed violated anything.  Just struck me funny and brings to light an issue that I know is out there with others.
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    Clint Gard got a reaction from nkraus in An Idea to Think About.   
    Thanks for the clarification Riley!  I don't think Ed violated anything.  Just struck me funny and brings to light an issue that I know is out there with others.
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    Clint Gard reacted to Riley McClurg in An Idea to Think About.   
    Did not mean it like that - I trained alongside of the people named at CIA. Practices would run from March through September each year - then it gave kids time to get acclimated to their room and prepare for high school season. Poor choice of words on my end - Eddie did not violate any IHSAA sanctions or rules to my knowledge. 
    So, you can tell your friend that was asking, Clint, that no IHSAA sanctions or rules were violated. 
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    Clint Gard got a reaction from indianmorg in An Idea to Think About.   
    "I am not calling you out, P, but we both know that Mitch Sliga spent 2x more time in CIA's room than he did Fishers. He did not need to go searching elsewhere to receive support or partners because you provided that to him through CIA, and he was in there on a year-round basis."
    Yes, I know out of all of the comments, this struck me.  But I thought during season, wrestlers couldn't train with each other.  I ask because I know kids are not only training in Academies together but now it has morphed into kids training together at their schools.  Isn't this against IHSAA Policy? Asking for a friend.
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    Clint Gard reacted to maligned in Team State Vote-In Results   
    He's being sarcastic bc everyone is stating their case. They bring back all 14, including 4 ticket rounders and 6 total SS qualifiers.
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    Clint Gard reacted to Wrestling Scholar in Team State Vote-In Results   
    The Committee of Power doesn't think you suck.
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    Clint Gard reacted to Jim calhoun in Skin check debate   
    Clint Gard I agree 100 percent on your reply about officiating like this at the state tournament. I understand we’re in need of officials and as a licensed referee I understand mistakes are made but what we saw last weekend was let’s just sat bad at best. For example we had a match against Jordan Slivka and let me say Jordan is a friend, a great family and deserved the win. Jordan beat us 2-1 in o.t. and deserved it. I’m just pointing out we did a go behind....knees and hand on the mat and under the arms and ref said know takedown. What upset me is when I went to the table....(no swearing, no yelling just talking he threatened me out of the tournament and it wasn’t debatable. Plamen Paskalev a two time Olympian and medalist was in the corner and said that’s just embarrassing. He sent the video to coach Tom Ryan at Ohio state and div 1,2 and 3 refs and they all said everytime it’s two. It’s not the fact the referee didn’t call it cause it was a quick thing it’s the fact the refs don’t care. I talked to refs there and was told after they saw the film it’s simply a judgement call and every ref is different. Than why have rulebooks. If your a ref I respect what you do.....but if you don’t know what your doing stay out of the state tournament. Learn what, how when and where things are to be done. Graham got some calls for him as well that should not have been in matches. It’s just hard to coach when you have young refs that has no clue on the rules. 
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    Clint Gard reacted to JMILL in Skin check debate   
    @V and M's Dad Thank you and my comment was mostly in a LOL manner, I actually like it when people complain to me because I enjoy the debates and the discussions.  I like to try to fix things that are broken, I like to try to see things from other's point of views and on an occasion I like to try to point out when people are just plain wrong and complaining to complain, and I try to do this last one with a big old stupid smile on my face for extra dramatic affect. 
    This is not you in this instance because what your complaint was has some basis to it.  The issue comes in trying to prove it to a point of being able to take action.  It is very sad, but it is the world we all live in.  No matter what the competition is people are going to try to cut corners and some do it better than others and sometimes they cover their tracks to the point that we can suspect, think, and just down right be sure but are not able to prove it.  This is the sucky part because they get to carry on and we feel cheated.  Just know that they look like idiots and everyone knows that about them and for that the rest of us are actually winning in that sense.
    Thanks for the kind words and we will continue to try to close the loopholes that certain people have attempted to exploit. 
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    Clint Gard got a reaction from sslaymon in Skin check debate   
    And "National" Tournaments!
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    Clint Gard reacted to TripleB in Skin check debate   
    It's a struggle to find that balance. When I coached HS I was blown away by the Kiddie Circuit, now here I am completely wrapped up in it. 
    It's keeping up w/ the Jones's, you don't want to burn kids out, but you also don't want to take kids to tournaments and get blown away by 8 year olds that train wrestling 14 months a year.
    My 8 year old currently does Football (Aug-Oct), Travel Baseball (all year), Wrestling (Nov - whenever) and b/c he had one night open a week now we've added gymnastics. My head spins. I've laid off on wrestling this year compared to prior years out of fear of burnout. 
    I stress to my parents that I'm not here to develop Bantam state champs, but I'm here to help get your kid to Bankers Life when they are in high school. I constantly preach that it's a marathon not a race and to trust the process. I take kids to national level tournaments w/ The Outlaws and they get smoked but they have a great time traveling, hanging out w/ each other, and seeing new places. But I still see frustration in faces of parents. I know the answer but the answer leads to burn out in most kids. 
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    Clint Gard reacted to BClark in Skin check debate   
    The number of children playing team sports is falling, with experts blaming a parent-driven focus on elite travel clubs, specialization in one sport and pursuit of scholarships for hurting the country’s youth sports leagues.
    “The system is now designed to meet the needs of the most talented kids,” said Mark Hyman, a professor of sports management at George Washington University and the author of several books on youth sports. “We no longer value participation. We value excellence.”
    “The adults have won,” Hyman said. “If we wiped the slate clean and reinvented youth sports from scratch by putting the physical and emotional needs of kids first, how different would it look? Nothing would be recognizable.”
    Amanda Visek, an exercise science professor at George Washington University, recently surveyed nearly 150 children about what they found fun about sports. (Her sample included kids who play travel and recreational sports.) The kids identified 81 factors contributing to their happiness.
    Number 48: winning.
    Also low on the list: playing in tournaments, cool uniforms and expensive equipment. High on the list: positive team dynamics, trying hard, positive coaching and learning. Whenever Visek presents her findings to win-hungry parents and coaches, there is a lot of pushback.
    “They don’t want to believe it,” she said.
    Yet the No. 1 reason why kids quit sports is that it’s no longer fun.
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    Clint Gard got a reaction from CoachZ6281 in Skin check debate   
    And "National" Tournaments!
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    Clint Gard got a reaction from dstruck in Skin check debate   
    And "National" Tournaments!
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    Clint Gard got a reaction from dstruck in Skin check debate   
    I appreciate the input Tony!  We use wild cards as well but not in place of a Rochester kid.  Now, when we do go to local stuff like Columbia City, we use kids from other schools to fill in those weights when our kids can't attend or aren't ready to attend.  I have put a few rules in place that have helped us when approached by kids from other clubs.
    1. If you want to wrestle on our duals team full time and compete with us as a wild card at team state, then you have to join our club.
    2. You have to practice, on a very regular basis, with us and be a part of our team for the season...including the individual season.
    3. You have to wrestle off just like any other kid in our club and go by our rules.  Passing grades, regular attendance, work hard, and be a positive addition to our program.
    These duals have really helped our club progress and the kids are doing well.  Our kids really like the dual atmosphere and the coaches do too.  I'd like to do more weeknight stuff instead of hammering away all day on Sunday.  I agree with @dstruckI think we are moving backwards in that regard.  I want to continue but I also just want a level playing field at state.  If we are going to put rules in place for wild cards, then teams MUST go by the rules and they need to be checked.  I'm an open book, so anyone can check our entries anytime they want.
    It's a never ending battle to find the right balance. @dstruck I agree with you on freestyle and greco.  Our kids love the change!
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    Clint Gard reacted to Y2CJ41 in Skin check debate   
    If the issues that are being stated about Elementary Duals are true, it is time we reflect on what the purpose of the event is. Obviously it has gotten way out of hand if we are paying kids or having illegal kids on teams. That kind of win at all costs atmosphere at that age is not healthy for the kids and the sport.
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    Clint Gard got a reaction from JMILL in Skin check debate   
    We had a young man pass skin checks on Saturday night but was told "Go buy some antibiotic cream and see me in the morning".  This was from one of the trainers.  He arrived on Sunday, couldn't find her, so we just wrestled.  He wrestled his first match and then I get a text from one of the ISWA Ladies that he was DQ'd because he didn't check in and that when he gets checked he will be back in the bracket.  Immediately took him over to the trainers where I was told he could have been checked by any trainer and he didn't need to see that specific person.  I said, he was told to see that specific person so we tried to do what we were told. So I said, will you check him and go clear him.  He said no because he had already been DQ'd.  I explained what happened and he still wouldn't clear him (it was acne btw).  So I asked if the rule is that he could have been seen by anyone, why wouldn't he clear him?  He said I needed to find the person he saw last night.  So...you can imagine I went super nova because of the double speak.  I finally just went to Jim Littlejohn and he cleared him.  His reasoning was "if he was cleared at weigh-ins, then he is cleared to wrestle.  There is no see me in the morning stuff."  
    To answer Jim Calhoun's question, the young man should have been allowed to wrestle.  He made it through skin checks at weigh-ins, therefore, the official should have had no say so. This is just one of the many issues our club had with this tournament this weekend.  I appreciate all of the time the ISWA people put in to make this tournament happen.  I understand how much time and energy go in to it.  It's a daunting task.  But I will say this...we pay our money to be a chartered club, our kids buy their cards, we pay to host 2 tournament every year, and we pay our entry fees.  Our families paid almost $8,000 this weekend to attend this tournament.  Hotels, food, entry fees, gate fees, gas, etc.  We had 26 families pay on average of $300 (Im guessing low I think).  We also paid $400 to enter the ISWA Elementary State Duals and spend over $2000 on hotels for our families to attend.  That came from our club to help families offset the cost...So I have every right to be brutally honest and I'm going to be...
    1.  The officiating was brutal.  Barring a handful of instances, at NO time did I feel like the officials we came into contact with knew the rules of the sport or had the kids safety in their best interests.  Numerous times our staff was told that "this is my mat and this is my area."  Well...it's not.  You didn't pay for the mat and your name isn't on it.  You are paid to take care of the kids and serve the kids.  You didn't do that.  We had a coach yell "time" to an official when he didn't hear the buzzer and the towel wasn't thrown.  His response "Coach your kid, not me."  I had an official tell me that I couldn't talk to the other coach after the match by his mat and that I couldn't talk to my wrestler and his parents who were sitting at the bleachers.  He followed me off the mat to tell me that.  4 different officials told me that if wrestler A and wrestler B are hip to hip and B has stepped over the leg of A but A is under both arms...this is not a takedown or reversal by A. One official told me that you can lock around the legs after a takedown or control has been established.  5 different officials didn't know the basic rules of the sport.  We had 3 different mats wait for kids to have coaches, which I have no issue with at all.  Then I look down and see my kid wrestling.  I sprint down to coach about the last minute.  I asked the table help and the official why the match was started when my Novice wrestler didn't have a coach.  I was told they were given the directions to start the match with or without the coach.  So...I asked Littlejohn about that situation and it was made clear to me that they were NOT told that.  So again, we had an official just do what he wanted instead of doing what he was told by the head official.
    2.  Until there is a better system in place to verify the ages and grades of the kids wrestling on teams at the state duals, we most likely won't attend again.  You can take that how you want...but many of the teams now know what happened in our division and are aware of the team that did it.
    3.  Wifi/Cell Service/Track Wrestling - Terrible
    4.  Bathroom and locker rooms - Terrible
    There is a better than 50% chance we will not be an ISWA Club next year unless some things change.  The ISWA brought in about $77,000 from this tournament.  I don't know the net because I don't know the expenses, but with $77,000 you should be able get better officials and, IMO, a better venue.  Yep, this tournament had about 400 more kids this year, but I'm telling you, if you don't put out a better product, you will start losing kids again.  HYWAY or some other organization will start challenging you again and this time, they might take over.  People work hard for their money and this organization and the people the hire better start realizing people won't pay for a crappy event that they feel like they didn't get a fair shake at.
    Our club had a great day of wrestling and finished really well for a small club in rural Indiana...but we had a terrible experience.  I honestly don't know if we will be back.
    Clint Gard
     
     
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