May 5, 2015
Over a year ago, I got excited about writing a book. I had it all planned out. I did an ask campaign to find out what some of the deepest questions were that parents had in regards to how they could help their kids in the sport of wrestling. I organized all of the questions, and surprisingly, I was able to categorize the questions into 10 basic categories:
- Questions about parents pushing their kids in the sport.
- Questions about coaching.
- Questions about weight cutting.
- Questions about why their kids should wrestle.
- Questions about mental toughness.
- Questions about training.
- Questions about building a foundation for their child’s wrestling.
- Questions about how to keep wrestling fun.
- Questions about injuries.
- Questions about college.
A lot of parents tended to have the same questions worded in a different way, and I was so excited to get down to answering all of these great questions that many parents had been kind enough to share with me. As I set out to write the book, I came to the stark realization that there was a lot of material to cover, and I was extremely busy between work, club, and my family. My plan to write the book fell apart, and all of those questions just sat there on a spreadsheet gathering cyber dust. I told myself that I would get to answering all of those questions after my life got a little less crazy. However, as anyone with kids can attest to, life doesn’t get any less crazy. So I’ve decided to take a different approach.
My new approach to answering all of these questions is to just answer them one at a time in the form of blog posts. It won’t be as cool or flashy as a book would be, but at least I will get the content out there for parents and wrestlers to consume. I know that it would have been very helpful for my parents as well as me to have a little more information out there regarding what to expect as a wrestler. My dad never wrestled so he didn’t have any idea of what was going on, and my mom didn’t have a dad or brother who wrestled either. They had no idea what they were getting into. I didn’t either.
I find it interesting and slightly entertaining that there are so many sports that you can play, and for the most part, you have a pretty good idea of what you are going to have to do within that sport. I played soccer as a kid. No surprises there. I knew that I would chase around a ball and try to kick it in the goal. I played volleyball in junior high. No surprises there either, other than the fact that I was terrible at bumping and setting, which really wasn’t much of a surprise to me, but I am sure that it frustrated the coach. I even played basketball, and who doesn’t know what to expect in basketball? You dribble, you shoot, you score. How much more explanation do you need for basketball? But wrestling, wrestling is crazy, weird, intense, fun, heart wrenching, exhilarating, and the list goes on. Wrestling is something that just sort of smacks you in the face, and for the crazy ones, it’s a sport they fall in love with. I will help parents and wrestlers alike to be guided through the craziness, and by the end, I hope that you have some useful information that you can implement. No other sport will prepare you for what it feels like to get caught in a headlock and stuck on your back without any chance of escape.
I have time scheduled to write on Tuesday and Thursday mornings, but that is subject to change. I have made it a goal to write at least twice a week on my blog, and for the last couple of weeks, that has worked pretty well for me. I am excited to get working on this project, and will be even more excited after I have the finished collection of blog posts. Perhaps then, I will be able to compile all of those blog posts into a book, and parents will at least have a better understanding of what to expect as their little warriors go out to battle on the mat.