Play to your strengths
Play to your strengths
I don’t understand why so many coaches (at all levels) spend so much time continuing to teach new hold after new hold. I’m a firm believer of fine-tuning. I understand correcting mistakes (to a certain extent), but why not spend your most time where you are good? Chances are, these are the holds/positions that are going to score points.
Spend time where you are good and become great. It is quite all right to make a living off of one hold, and if you have two, good for you. I could give you numerous examples of who does what (you are already thinking of them) and the great deal of success they each have with it. Ok, I can’t help myself… Ed Ruth’s cradle, Jordan Burroughs’s los single :). Everyone in the world knows it’s coming, but they still get it because they are great at it.
As a matter of fact, the best guy I have coached (to date) made it to the NCAA finals and he did it with one thing on his feet, one thing on bottom, and one thing on top. You should read “The ONE Thing” by Gary Keller, seriously, great book.
80/20 Rule in regards to preparation: Spend 80% of your time getting better at where you are already good and 20% of the time flirting with other options. Chances are that if you are wrestling someone good, your scoring opportunities will come from your best shot (or counter, or turn). Spend more time on your strengths.
How do you help your student-athletes play to their strengths?
Open Ended Drills
5 Second Hand Fight to:
- Your Best Leg Attack
- Your Best Re-Shot
- Your Best Counter Offense
- Your Second Best Attack
- Your Best Mat Return (he quickly gets to his feet after TD)
- Your Best Ride (flatten him out)
- Your Best Turn (quick 2-count)
Etc. Etc. Etc.
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These are great transition drills that work well at the beginning of practice to get the intensity up and awesome at the end of the workout. We use open ended drills in the form of 30 second drills (execution drills) at the tail end of many of our workouts. Typically after conditioning (sprints, etc.) when they are dog dead tired. **You have to be able to execute when you are tired, not just survive the workout!
Wrestling coach and former All-American, Coach Jon Sioredas has coached at the NCAA Division 1 level for the past decade and has been affiliated with several top 25 programs.
With twenty-five years in the wrestling world (fifteen as a competitor and ten now as a coach), Coach Sioredas shares his many thoughts and actions as he continues on this journey and strives to change lives through effective training and leadership.