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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.


How to pick the best wrestling camp in your state and for your budget

It’s that time of year..

Wrestlers and parents throughout the country are searching for the right wrestling camp for their youth or high school wrestler. Like most parents, wrestlers or coaches, you are hitting the Internet and using Google, Yahoo!, Bing and other search engines to insert key words looking for camps that fit your need.

It is a good idea, to use Google and type in key words such as Best Wrestling Camps, Top 10 wrestling camps, Youth Wrestling Camps or how to find a summer wrestling camp. In fact, those questions were a big part of the basis of writing the book, The Ultimate Guide to Wrestling Camps. When I was the editor of a leading national wrestling web site, I often got asked the question: “Where do I send my kid to wrestling camp?” It wasn’t just me, however. It was others. Rick Kacher, owner of the Adam Wrestling Takedown Machine, said it too – he would get that question 200 times a year. Parents were interested in his product and then would ask “where do I send my kid to wrestling camp?” Or “How do I know the best wrestling camp out there?”

This shows that when it comes to choosing a wrestling camp, there is a lot of confusion on what is the best route to take. There is a lot of information out there, no doubt, but it takes time to sift through that information. That’s where The Ultimate Guide to Wrestling Camps helps. The book sifts through the information and asks the same questions you ask in your web searches. Questions such as:

What’s the best wrestling camp out there?
How do I know which camp is better than others?
What camp will help my son or daughter become a state champion?
When is the right age to go to wrestling camp?
What type of camp is right for me?
How do I find a camp that is affordable?

And much more…

While searching the Internet via keywords is a great way to get started, let that just be the start of your search. Here are five ways to pick a wrestling camp – once you’ve identified the camps you want to attend via Internet searches:

1. Contact the camp directly and ask questions
2. Look for online reviews about the camp
3. Talk to others in your club, on your high school team or the coaching staff, to see what more they know about the camps you are interested in.
4. Look for the right dates, cost, location and type of camp (such as intensive camp, team camp, technique camp, big man camp, commuter camp, day camp, etc)
5. Narrow the choices down to two. Pick three to five that you are really interested in, then shorten your choice down to the top two and make your final decision from there.

Or, you could order The Ultimate Guide to Wrestling Camps, and find out for yourself, from over 40 top college coaches, high school coaches, Olympians, national champions, All-Americans, parents and other youth wrestlers who have experienced and the answers to your questions.

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State tournament time: 3 tips for wrestling success on and off the mat

In the article titled first time guide to postseason tournaments for USA Wrestling, Matt Krumrie, Author of The Ultimate Guide to Wrestling, discussed how parents and wrestlers new to the sport can prepare for – and enjoy – postseason tournament time.

In the article Greg Bach of the National Alliance of Youth Sports made a good point, saying:

“Parents should talk to their kids about nerves and let them know that sweaty palms and nervous stomachs are actually a good sign,” says Bach. “It shows that the youngster cares,” says Bach.

Whether you are a first time wrestler or experienced wrestler, now is the time to prepare for the postseason. That includes focusing on mental and physical preparation on and off the mat.

“The countdown has begun and the post season is just right around the corner for most of us,” says Nick Spatola, owner of Spatola Wrestling, a club that provides wrestling instruction, camps and clinics for youth and high school wrestlers throughout Greater Cincinnati, Kentucky and Indiana.

Spatola also puts on the Spatola Classic, a youth wrestling tournament that attracted 350 wrestlers from 7 states in 2015, offered these tips for wrestlers seeking postseason success:

  1. Find balance on and off the mat

“Make sure all the little things are tightened up in your wrestling life and personal life,” says Spatola.

For examples: Manage you weight, class work, health and personal relationships.

“If there is any turbulence in any of these it can negatively affect your performance on the mat,” says Spatola. “I’ll never forget the story of my old coach and his student. The wrestler was a senior in high school and was desperately trying to make the prestigious Ohio High School State Tournament. He had been training so hard for so long and was so close to achieving his goal. The only turbulence he had in his life at the time was him ,om yelling at him for not cleaning his room. “Big deal”, he thought to himself. His coach instructed him to clean his room the week of the state tournament. This way everything in his life would be smooth before the big show. Well, he cleaned his room and guess what? He made state. He will tell you to this day that cleaning his room helped him do it!’

2. Don’t put pressure on yourself

“This is not roman gladiator days where it comes down to life and death,” Spatloa reminds parents and wrestlers. “Believe in your training and preparation and just go out and perform. It’s a fact that athletes do not perform their best when they put too much pressure on themselves.

Stop thinking about it so much and just do it.

3. Mental preparation is important: Visualize

“You need to see it before you do it,” reminds Spatola. “Visualization is key to success whether it is in your athletic life, personal life, or business life. Your mind is the most powerful tool you will ever have so use it yo your advantage. I like to visualize when I am running on the road or when I am in bed about to go to sleep.”

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