TO: SOUTHERN PLAINS COACHES & STATE LEADERS
FR: RUSTY DAVIDSON
RE: NATIONAL COACHES COUNCIL
Coaches & Leaders,
February… and another exciting one, albeit for much different reasons. As our NAIA and NCAA competitors reach regional and national competition, best wishes on a positive outcome for individuals and programs. Same to our Kids Leagues and Club Programs. Hopefully, continued growth, in our sport, remains your top priority. And, to our High School Coaches, Bless You guys and girls ! You are something special. You are truly “the glue” that holds us all together.
Let’s celebrate first. We are the Southern Plains and there is something special going on here. Many of our college teams, at every level, are raising the bar. Our High School Wrestling sets the bar. But, internationally, there’s clearly something special going on in the Mizzou room ! Besides Dom Bradley knocking down a solid Bronze, in Istanbul, the room produced what will always be “The Guy” that beat Jordan Burroughs: Nick Marable. Not only Congrats to Nick and Mizzou, Congrats to Jordan for being “The Guy” we can teach young kids to admire… in victory and defeat.
Now, let’s reminisce. We all know where we were on February 12th, a year ago, and that ‘Kicked in the Groin’ feeling we experienced. All of us remember the efforts we made, individually and collectively, to breathe life back into our Olympic existence. In a bold, brave, happy new year, all I can suggest is, “Never Forget” !
I struggle to get the appropriate analogy, but it has to do with the hospital. I have friends who have fought off cancer. I have friends who have pumped a lot of blood through replacement heart valves. I have friends who, like me, celebrate prosthetic joints.
All those friends are tired and beat up when they get out of the hospital. All those friends believe they owe their families every quality day they can muster. All those friends, being wrestlers, jump at the chance to practice whatever ongoing changes keep them in the room, on the mat, with the family… alive.
My friends: Here’s our chance ! As tired as 2013 made us, we have to make, preach, act the life changes that promote quality life.
Please, set the bar, preach the program, walk the walk, and offer our future Olympians and Olympic Fans the chance to keep Wrestling in its proper place. Find a way to get kids in the room and keep kids in the room. Break down your own barriers. The rules are real, again !
I’m getting feedback from all our Winter Tours. I’ll have the Southern Plains ready to rock in spring and summer… Promise. I count myself lucky to be a little bit ‘connected’ with the FILA powers-that-be. I believe, in my heart, that by 2016, we will see scoring rules that will be consistent through 2024.
Look through the newest version of the rules. Get your mind around the difference between two points, four points, and five (in Greco). Find the newly edited version at
www.fila-official.com Scroll down to Regulations and choose Olympic Wrestling. Then choose the PDF that has “modifications appearing”.
Don’t get all crazy and over-think things. Figure out what’s happening and take it into the room, as soon as possible. Kids will make it simple for all of us, and they’ll love it.
As I said, I’ll get all the information I can, sort it out and stream it to all of you. Test ourselves, as Coaches and Referees, at as many local events as we can get to. Then, we can group-think, make a plan and be ready for the bigger events. Perhaps, the biggest thing, on the horizon, will be the Regional event in Vegas, alongside the open.
Best wishes on your big events, the next couple of weeks. I look forward to seeing all of you soon.
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