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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!

A message from Dan Gable: Wrestling camps are most beneficial when you reach beyond your goals

Dan Gable is the most influential person in the sport of wrestling. His influence as a competitor and coach is still felt today. Olympic champions still aspire to accomplish what Gable has and youth wrestlers, high school wrestlers, college wrestlers and coaches are all influenced by Gable.

Gable provided information for The Ultimate Guide to Wrestling Camps. In fact, the book concludes with a question and answer with Gable about the benefits of wrestling camps and how they can help young wrestlers. Gable provides information that both wrestlers and parents can benefit from, including this from a q&a with the sports greatest legend. Here is an excerpt from Chapter 14 of The Ultimate Guide to Wrestling camps, titled:

Conclusion: A message from Dan Gable – wrestling camps are most beneficial when you reach beyond your goals

Why are younger wrestlers tougher to reach today?

GABLE: Chances are they do not have a single-minded focus and they don’t have to be. Things change and if you don’t make the appropriate changes from a standpoint of doing what you need to do, you don’t keep up with the times. If I coached exactly the way that I trained, then I wouldn’t be keeping updated and modern with training techniques that are better.

There are better mats. You keep up with that. There are better shoes. You keep up with that. There are better machines that are smoother. You don’t do deep squats with heavy weights on your shoulders, which crunch your shoulders down.

Do kids have the same work ethics today as you did back in 1971? Would today’s young wrestlers take on the challenge of running 20 miles to prove a point like you did?


Want more great advice like this? Then order your copy of The Ultimate Guide to Wrestling Camps today to read this message in its entirety.

Black Friday wrestling gifts: The Ultimate Guide to Wrestling Camps

Looking for something for that wrestler in your family this holiday season? Consider the gift of The Ultimate Guide to Wrestling Camps.

This books has received high praise from high school and college wrestling coaches across the country and author Matt Krumrie has been featured on Intermatwrestle.com, Takedown Radio, College wrestling Examiner, FloWrestling and in WIN Magazine discussing the book. In 2011, Intermatwrestle.com featured the book on its holiday gift list and in 2010, the St. Paul Pioneer Press recommended the book as a must read for wrestling fans.

The book is an educational resource for parents and wrestlers, from youth to high school age. If you are looking to get the most out of your wrestling camp experience, learn how to train to be the best, where to train and how to save money in the process, then consider The Ultimate Guide to Wrestling Camps this holiday season. If you are a wrestling fan who would like to read training tips and stories of what made them successful from wrestling legends like Dan Gable, Ken Chertow, Gene Mills, J Robinson and many many more – as well as top current high school and college coaches – then this book is for you!

As part of this black Friday special, wrestling fans can get the book for $10 – and that includes FREE shipping. This is nearly $10 off the retail price of $19.99. Order today, learn how to train to be a champion tomorrow.

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Happy Holidays!

– The Ultimate Guide to Wrestling Camps

Five Things to Consider When Choosing a Wrestling Camp

It’s that time of year – the season is winding down and wrestlers and teams are focusing on making state tournament runs. For others, such as youth wrestlers or junior high wrestlers, they are starting to turn their focus towards offseason training programs and starting to look into wrestling camp options.

As a young wrestler, what should you look for when choosing a wrestling camp? As the parent of a wrestler, what questions should you ask when choosing a wrestling camp? There are a number of factors that come into play. They include:

1. Type of camp: Is it a team camp, intensive camp, technique camp? You want to find a camp that fits your wrestlers individual needs. What your wrestler may need to work on could be different than the other kids in your youth club or on your high school team.

2. Workout partners available at the camp: If you go to a camp where you won’t be challenged, you may not reap any benefits. You can drill all you want, but if you are going against competition that is inferior, it won’t help you. Likewise, if you are a new wrestler and go against elite-level talent with much more experience, your wrestler could struggle, get frustrated and not enjoy the camp. And, possibly no longer enjoy wrestling.

3. Location of the camp: Is your wrestler ready to go out of state and stay away from home for a week? Or, would a day camp, where they commute back home every night be the best for your camper? Would two or three days be enough for your young wrestlers attention span? These things need to be considered and are different for every wrestler out there.

4. Cost of the camp: The cost of a camp is a big factor in the camp kids attend. Find one that fits your budget. If you can’t afford a big name camp – look for local camps that provide similar opportunities.  There is a camp out there for everyone – and you don’t have to break the bank!

5. Clinicians/staff: It’s great to be at a camp that has big name staff – J Robinson, Tom Brands, John Smith, Cael Sanderson, Dan Gable – to name a few. But keep in mind, while these legends of the sport headline the camp, many wrestlers will be working with support staff that includes college wrestlers from the team where you are attending camp. It can be a great chance to meet and work with today’s college stars. Ask what the wrestler-to-camper ratio is, how much involvement these staffers have and how they will work with your wrestler. Many truly do love working and teaching kids, and working with these coaches and wrestlers can be a major motivator for young wrestlers.

However, today’s youth wrestler can also learn and train from the many other great teachers out there from the youth clubs, high school and small college teams. A big name is great – but there are a number of great teachers and coaches out there – find one that fits your wrestler the best.

There is more detailed information and advice like this from over 40 high school and college wrestling coaches, Olympians, NCAA All-Americans, parents and more available in The Ultimate Guide to Wrestling Camps.

Order your copy today – train like a champion – and save money doing so – tomorrow.