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August 15, 2018




Coaches and Leaders,

    We just finished the State Leaders’ Summit, in Colorado Springs.  I’m happy to report that the entire Summit was upbeat and productive.  

    I’m proud to say that much of the success was infused and supported by the collective voice of our nation’s coaches.  Obviously, I’m proud of our efforts in the Southern Plains.  But, this congratulations goes out, nation-wide.

    We distributed our seven-question Survey to 839 coaches, all of whom were present in Fargo.  We got responses from 413 coaches.  From what I’ve been told, any survey is happy to get a 10 % response rate.  We got right at 50 %.  

    Our presentation of your input made it easy for State Leaders and the JOWC to support us.  We demonstrated, clearly, that the Coaches of USAW are engaged and active in the decision-making that affects our athletes.

    At Regional and National Championships, Cadets will wrestle consistent two minute periods.  Juniors will wrestle consistent three minute periods.

    The Video Challenge has met with overwhelming positive response.  The Leaders decided to maintain the Challenge, throughout the Fargo experience.  They also cleaned up some minor inconsistencies, regarding use of the Video Challenge in our National Duals.

    At this writing, it’s likely the Challenge will only be used in Duals Finals.  It should be noted that most support growing the use of the Challenge to include ALL matches, in National Duals.  The Challenge may also grow into use at Regional Championships, as logistics permit.

    I’m also happy to report that we are already working with Coach Clayton, USAW Coach Education, to include a professional growth component in all our Coach Ed elements about the philosophy and execution of the Video Challenge.

    I’m attaching the Tentative National Schedule for 2018 – 2019.  Expect some minor adjustments and/or additions, but this will at least help you pencil in your plans.

    Join me in welcoming Maryland Coach, Kerry McCoy to the Pool side of our Coaches Council.  Kerry will serve, in the interim, filling the loss of Coach Duroe.  Kerry is a quality guy who contributes to the mission of USAW in myriad ways.

    Look for us to dominate the Pan Am Juniors, this weekend.  In a few short weeks, we will test our best up and comers at the Junior Worlds.   

I plan to touch base with you, towards the end of September.  At that point, we’ll be gearing up for the Senior World Championships, as well as the Folkstyle pre-season.

Our new membership year kicks off September 1st.  You will notice some user-friendly improvements.  Make sure you re-up your membership early.

Best Regards,  Rusty


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