The Rebuild: Part I
Posted by A Coach on 10/13/2021, 1:10 pm
The weather is finally changing. The first frost has christened the ground. Pretty soon the smell of orange peels being torn away will linger across the nose of any seasoned wrestler. It is almost time. Winter is coming. Wrestling is coming. |
Like many, our program took a heavy hit during the shortened 2021 season. The wrestling room had become accustomed to 45 boys and 15 girls every year for the past decade. Yet, the mask and Covid testing season was one piece of a perfect storm hurting the necessary recruiting to help restrengthen the program. For every team, things seem to run in cycles. Talent comes in. Unusually through the hard work of a youth program, or a diehard set of parents committed to wrestling as their familyís #1 sport. However, like all things, these parentís kids grow. That super involved group of youth wrestling parents move on to other things. A talent rich room can become too burdened with experience, that novice wrestler parents are too afraid, intimidated to volunteer for the program. In the high school room, many are too scared to start up the sport so late in teenhood. With all this, the downfall of talent begins. Add in an unplanned national pandemic and this combination of events provides the recipe for a complete rebuild.
At this point, a coaching staff has some soul searching decisions to make. The easy road, retire. Had a good run. No point in turmoiling in the rebuild process. Listening to the murmurs of failure comparing the current season to past successes. Or, go into talent acquisition mode. Woo parents from other clubs and programs using the lineage and previous state success to pluck, steal and pillage the future accomplishments of other area programs. Or, bight down on the mouth piece and prepare for the slow, frustrating, jaw-clenching drudgery that is the re-build.