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Five mistakes wrestlers and parents make when choosing a summer wrestling camp

When picking the best summer wrestling camp there are a few things to consider and a few things to avoid. The goal of a wrestling camp should be able to provide a new training opportunity that fits your budget, wrestler’s goals and needs. And it should be fun – but it should challenge and push the wrestler. That’s why parents are busy researching the best wrestling camps in the nation and pouring over web sites and brochures trying to find out what is the best wrestling camp to choose.

That’s where the idea for The Ultimate Guide to Wrestling Camps was developed. As the former editor of an award-winning amateur wrestling web site, I heard it all the time from parents and wrestling fans. What is the best wrestling camp out there? What age should I start sending my kid to wrestling camp? What do you know about the J Robinson Intensive camps ? What do you know about Oklahoma State Wrestling Camps? How about Rob Koll’s Cornell Wrestling Camps? What have you heard about Ken Chertow Wrestling Camps? What do you think is better, sending your child to the same camp year after year, or mixing it up and going to a smaller local camp or traveling across country to a big, nationally known camp, such as say, Iowa wrestling camps, or Cael Sanderson’s Penn State Wrestling Camps?

Flip through any magazine or publication this time of year and it’s almost overwhelming. There are ads galore promoting wrestling camps. And you know what? They all look good! They all look like they could fit the opportunity you as a parent or wrestler are searching for. For many, the key to picking a wrestling camp is often location, cost and instructors. Those are good reasons no doubt, but let’s look at some factors to consider and some mistakes to avoid:

Mistake #1 – picking a wrestling camp because your best friend or regular training partner wants to go to that camp

This makes sense, right? You want to go to camp and not feel out of place. So going somewhere where there is a comfort level – knowing you will have your workout partner or best friend there with you seems like a no-brainer, right? Not necessarily. When picking a wrestling camp, choose one that is going to challenge your wrestler. Call the camp and ask how many kids are registered at your son or daughters weight class, or around that weight class (taking into consideration weights fluctuate in the offseason). You don’t want to get stuck working out with your regular workout partner. You can do that at your school any day of the week. You want to find workout partners who can challenge you and provide you with a new experience. That’s what camp is about, getting a new experience. This is an extreme case, but let’s say your best friend is a lighter weight, where there are typically more wrestlers. And you are a heavyweight, maybe even a bit inexperienced and big for your age. If you go to a camp where there are only a few big men, mostly older and more physically mature, you will not be able to train/workout with many new or different partners. While the goal of a camp is to learn, learning and applying what you learn is important. If you are a young wrestler make sure you are not going to a camp with kids who are much more advanced than you. Sure, you want the challenge but you don’t want to lay on your back during all the workout sessions counting lights on the ceiling.

Mistake #2 – Picking a camp based on a big name clinician

Who wouldn’t want to go to a camp where Dan Gable is a speaker? Or perhaps Jordan Burroughs is a guest clinician one day. Or maybe it’s Cael Sanderson, Jake Varner, Kellen Russell, Sam Hazewinkel, Luke Becker, Jesse Krebs or any local or national standout. Who wouldn’t want to meet or get a chance to be in the room with the best of the best? However, if they are only going to be there for say, one afternoon out of 5 days, be sure the rest of the camp still fits your needs. Explore all options, understand the whole camp program to get a strong overall understanding of the camp. Don’t let one big name be the determining factor. Ask what role that one person will have in the overall camp experience.

Mistake # 3 – Dismissing the local camp/small camp

Not everyone can travel across country to go to a top Wisconsin wrestling camp. Sure, a kid from New Jersey might want to try Chris Bono’s Florida wrestling camps. Or someone from Nebraska may be intrigued about wrestling camps in California. But you don’t have to spend big money and travel long distances to find a camp to learn from great coaches and teachers. For example, in Minnesota Clay Nagel and Matt Nagel put on the Concordia Cobbers’ wrestling camps every summer. These attract kids from throughout Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota and other regions. Concordia is a smaller DIII wrestling school, but Nagel has excelled as a coach at the high school and college level. He knows how to teach youth. His son, Matt, was a Division I All-American at Minnesota. Both have connections to former standouts from North Dakota State University, the University of Minnesota and Augsburg, for example, that will be at the  camp, not to mention, the wrestlers Clay coaches at Concordia. The camp will draw up-and-coming wrestlers from a wide area. Bottom line, sure this may not be a camp at a DI powerhouse where Tom and Terry Brands are putting you through intense workouts that will make you cry uncle, but there are good teachers in every state. You don’t have to go to the big national camp to find a great training opportunity. For parents on a budget, wrestlers who don’t want to travel far, explore the local wrestling camp to meet your goals.

Mistake #4 – Not getting out of your comfort zone

The goals of kids and parents attending summer wrestling camps vary greatly. Some just want more mat time. Some want to be with their friends. Heck, some just want to wrestle, no matter where and no matter with who. And while I recommend the smaller local camp, I firmly believe those who have the best success try a camp that gets them out of their comfort zone and trying something new. While I am a big advocate of the local camp, it might be best to reconsider going to a summer camp led by the same club coach you see every week, or the youth wrestling coach or high school wrestling coach you train or learn with every day. By all means don’t dismiss this if it’s the option that’s right for you, but if you choosing between options, why not try something new one year? Chances are, your coach may even encourage it!

Mistake #5 – Expecting the camp to make you a state champ

Every wrestler wants to be a state champion, a national champion, an Olympic champion. Goals are great. Everyone should set them. But spending a week at the best summer wrestling camp you ever went to isn’t going to make you the best wrestler in the country. However, by taking what you learn at wrestling camp and applying that to your everyday training – that’s what will set you apart and help you reach your goals. Learn, apply, try and repeat. Use it as a training tool, but not the only training tool.

As a parent you spend hundreds, if not thousands of dollars on your child’s wrestling camps and training over the course of their career. Want to avoid more mistakes like these? Want to save money and make the best decision for your budget and wrestler? Then order your copy of The Ultimate Guide to Wrestling Camps today – and train to be a champion tomorrow!

How to pick the best wrestling camp: 3 factors every parent or wrestler should consider when making a final decision

Below is an excerpt from Chapter 2 of the book, The Ultimate Guide to Wrestling Camps.

In the book, some of the top high school coaches comment on the advice they give parents and wrestlers on how to pick the best wrestling camp. With this group of HS coaches, there is over 100 years of combined coaching experience backing up their advice.

It doesn’t matter if you are from a top wrestling state like Pennsylvania, Ohio, Iowa, Minnesota, Oklahoma or California. Or a state like Florida, Tennessee, Georgia, New Mexico, Idaho, Washington, Montana or Rhode Island, where wrestling is popular in pockets. You can find the best wrestling camp for your skill level and budget by following these three steps to finding the best wrestling camp for youth and high school wrestlers.

To choose the best wrestling camp, you can’t go wrong following the basic advice of some of the top high school wrestling coaches in the US:

➭ Determine what you want from the camp experience.

➭ Read the promotional materials carefully, and don’t be wowed just by the names of big-time college programs hosting the camp, or superstar wrestlers or coaches.

➭ Ask your coach and other wrestlers which camps they’ve been to, and would recommend.

Want more advice like this from top high school and college coaches, parents, elite wrestlers, camp directors and elite wrestling minds like Dan Gable, J Robinson, Rob Koll and more? Then order your copy of The Ultimate Guide to Wrestling Camps today. It’s only $10 and shipping is FREE! You could spend thousands on camps and training over the course of your child’s wrestling career. But you could also save thousands by following the advice and tips gathered in this book.

You’ll become informed, make better decisions, find better training opportunities and most important, SAVE MONEY  while HELPING YOUR WRESTLER HAVE A BETTER CAMP EXPERIENCE. Save money. Train better. Become a better wrestler.


5 Benefits of Troy Nickerson’s Northern Colorado Wrestling Camps

Finding the best wrestling camp is a challenge for wrestlers and parents. Finding one that fits an individual wrestler needs at a fair price is something every wrestler and family looks for.

That opportunity is available at Troy Nickerson’s Northern Colorado Wrestling Camp. Below are 5 benefits of attending Troy Nickerson’s Northern Colorado Wrestling Camp:

  1. At Troy Nickerson’s Northern Colorado Wrestling Camps, wrestlers get a chance to work with a world class coaching staff on the campus of the University of Northern Colorado, the only publicly funded Division I wrestling program in the state of Colorado. Troy Nickerson, Head Coach of the University of Northern Colorado and current UWW Junior World Team Coach and his staff, work hard to develop a curriculum that starts with a holistic approach. By developing base line skills that win at all levels, after attending one of their camps, you will have the tools to compete with anyone at any skill level.
  2. The University of Northern Colorado is located in Greeley, CO which sits on the front range of the Rocky Mountains. Engulfed in 300 days of sun per year, there is no place more beautiful than Colorado during the summer time. Spend your mornings doing hill sprints in the foothills, while your afternoons are full of more wrestling than you could ever need. Bring the whole family and make it a vacation!
  3. Don’t be a number, Size matters. Troy Nickerson’s Wrestling Camps pride themselves on their 10:1 campers to counselor ratio which will allow you to receive plenty of one-on-one attention while at camp. Work in small group instruction sessions to really hone in on your technical skills and don’t get lost in the crowd at another summer camp.
  4. Thinking about wrestling in college? Spend your summer with Nickerson and staff and get to know the coaching staff and current wrestlers. While on campus, you will get to see what it is like to be a student-athlete at UNC .
  5. Troy Nickerson’s Northern Colorado Wrestling Camps are some of the most affordable camps in the country. You will not find a better bang for your buck.

Space is limited, so register soon. With 4 different camps to choose from, there is always a camp that fits everyone’s needs. Visit the Northern Colorado Wrestling Camps website today and #BearDown with Nickerson and staff this summer.

Five mistakes wrestlers make before heading to and while attending wrestling camp

Let’s get right to it. If you are going to a wresting camp this summer, avoid these mistakes to get the most out of your experience:

1. Arriving to camp out of shape
Come summer many wrestlers may have not been on the mat for a while. You need a break. And maybe you play a spring sport, such as baseball, tennis or are in track and field. Maybe you don’t do anything. Whatever it is, don’t go to camp out of shape. You don’t have to be at state tournament shape or at your best weight, but prepare in advance by working out, running and training to prepare for camp. Don’t spend time sucking air when you should be learning. And if you are going to an intensive camp, it is best to be ready to work.

 2. Not taking it seriously
Don’t go to camp looking to take it easy. Camp should be fun and it certainly can be fun, but don’t take the fun out of it by goofing around and not taking it seriously. You will waster your parents’ money and the camp staff’s time by being a goof-off. Use this time to learn.

3. Thinking you are better than everyone
Sure you may wrestle for a state power. Sure you may have made it to state or advanced in your section, district or regional tournament. But don’t come into camp cocky and act like you know-it-all and are above the coaches and campers. Don’t be arrogant. You are not only representing yourself, but you are also representing your city, school and wrestling club. Be a good sport and make a good impression. No one wants to be that guy where people say “I went to camp with a kid from that team, he was pretty cocky.” Don’t be that person.

4. Dismissing the coaching staff and counselors
Chances are if you go to camp, you are going to get an opportunity to learn from some pretty talented coaches and campers. Many camps feature local college wrestlers as counselors and many camps bring in guest clinicians and speakers. Just because you might not know who that person is, or maybe you don’t know a lot about the person’s background or where a counselor is from, don’t ignore their advice. This is a great opportunity to learn something new from someone new – soak it all up.

5. Forget everything after you leave camp
Successful wrestlers just don’t go to wrestling camp and when it’s the last day, that’s it, over, whatever they learned will be remembered and they are already better. Not going to happen. The most successful wrestlers bring a journal to camp and log what they have learned, jot down notes and ask questions. Then, they go back to their club or team and practice what they learned in camp. They expand on it, ask their hometown coaches about it and drill with teammates to perfect what was learned. Camps are about getting better, improving, learning new technique, learning how to be better in every aspect. Leave it all on the mat when competing, but be sure to bring back what you learned in a notebook and then apply it to improve.

Wrestling camp is an opportunity to learn and improve. Share these tips with your wrestlers to help them understand how to get the most out of a summer wrestling camp.

Want more advice? Order your copy of The Ultimate Guide to Wrestling Camps to get tips like these and more.


How to pick a wrestling camp: Author Matt Krumrie featured in USA Wrestling articles

The Ultimate Guide to Wrestling Camps is a complete and thorough resource for parents, wrestlers and those looking for more information on how to make the best decisions when picking a wrestling camp. There are numerous factors to consider: Location, cost, training opportunities, competition, speakers, clinicians, type of camp, coaches at the camp and much more.

Matt Krumrie, author of The Ultimate Guide to Wrestling Camps, is also a featured writer for USA Wrestling. Krumrie talks to coaches at the Olympic, college, high school and youth levels on a regular basis and keeps up to speed on the latest news and information involved in all aspects of the sport of wrestling.

Krumrie wrote an article for USA Wrestling on how to best pick a wrestling camp and what factors to consider when picking a wrestling camp. The article was titled The Lowdown on Wrestling Camps and included information such as this:

“It’s important to understand where your child is at in the sport,” says Steve Glassey, founder of the C.O.C Elite Wrestling Camps (formerly Camp of Champions). “Is your child new to the sport and need to focus on the fundamentals? Is he or she more advanced and experienced and at the point where they need to take the next step in development to get to the next level? Would they benefit from the physical and mental training of an intensive camp? How do they need to be challenged?”

The book The Ultimate Guide to Wrestling Camps features information like this and more. Wrestling camps are an investment, not only financially, but also, they are an investment in your child’s wrestling future. It’s not an easy decision, but can be made easier by reading The Ultimate Guide to Wrestling Camps.

For only $10, you can learn tips that can save you money, learn how to train better and become the best wrestler you can through the various tips and advice from the expert sources featured in the book.

Make an investment in your child’s wrestling future today.

Order The Ultimate Guide To Wrestling Camps


Best wrestling camps: How to pick the best camp for your wrestler and budget

How do youth and high school-age wrestlers and their families choose a wrestling camp?

Sure, you can read glossy brochures and pour over detailed web sites filled with impressive lists of big-name clinicians, and incredible promises of exciting outcomes like these popular slogans:

Discover the state champ inside you!”

Become a pinning stud!

Gain the skills that’ll get you noticed by big-time college programs!

Unfortunately, however, for anyone trying to choose a wrestling camp, unbiased, independent information isn’t readily available. Consumer Reports doesn’t provide ratings on wrestling camps the way it does after testing mixers and minivans. U.S. News & World Report doesn’t have an annual “100 Best Wrestling Camps” issue to accompany its annual analysis of best colleges.

And, while independent amateur wrestling magazines and web sites provide rankings of the top high school and college wrestlers and programs, they don’t do the same for wrestling camps.

So, as a wrestler – or parent of a wrestler – what are your options when it comes to finding out how to choose a wrestling camp or other training options?

That’s where the new book, The Ultimate Guide To Wrestling Camps comes into play.

The goal of this new book is to educate and inform wrestlers – and their parents – on how to best choose a wrestling camp and other training options.

The reality is parents spend hundreds – and often times thousands – of dollars over the course of a child’s wrestling career. By reading and using the tips provided in The Ultimate Guide To Wrestling Camps, hopefully those expenses can be reduced – and the camp experience enhanced.

Best Summer Wrestling Camps: How to Pick the Best Camp For Your Wrestler and Budget

A new book that will help educate and inform wrestlers and parents on how to make the best possible decision when it comes to picking a wrestling camp, club and other training options is now on the market. The book, The Ultimate Guide to Wrestling Camps, is for sale at wrestlingcampguide.com.

With interviews, comments and information from over 40 of the most informed and knowledgeable people involved in the sport of wrestling, this book is not only an educational resource for wrestlers, it’s a valuable tool for parents who are trying to learn more about the training opportunities available for their son or daughter. The book provides tips and information for wrestlers of all ages, including youth wrestlers, middle school wrestlers and high school wrestlers.

But The Ultimate Guide to Wrestling Camps is more than just a resource about camps. It provides information on club wrestling,  the combination of MMA training and wrestling, nutrition tips, offseason training tips, camp checklists, case studies and wrestling stories from those who have experience at all levels of the sport of wrestling.

The source list for the book includes Olympians, NCAA champions, All-Americans, college coaches, high school coaches, club directors, camp directors, parents, youth wrestlers, female wrestlers and more.

The author of the book is Matt Krumrie, contributer to USA Wrestling, Intermatwrestle.com, The Guillotine and MatBoss. Krumrie is the former editor of TheWrestlingMall.com and a previous contributor to W.I.N Magazine.

“What I did was take the advice, comments and experiences of those who are involved with camps, clubs and training and coaching wrestlers and turned it into resources and stories that can benefit wrestlers and their parents,” says Krumrie. “Parents spend hundreds and often times, thousands of dollars on a kids wrestling career, traveling to events and tournaments, taking them to club practice, attending summer camp. The goal of this book is to inform and educate and help the parent make the best decision for their budget and the wrestler the best decision for his or her career. The Ultimate Guide to Wrestling Camps does just that”