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Coaching and Technique / Re: Weight Training
« on: June 01, 2013, 01:58:37 PM »

Defranco is an elite S&C.  This is for an MMA fighter training 2 days a week. I don't see why it can't be used for wrestlers.

I know he avoids power cleans and other olympic lifts because they are so technical and you can develop explosive power with basic jumps.

You can sub high pulls and jump shrugs for power cleans.  Not technical at all, but basically the same amount of explosion generated by cleans and snatches.

Coaching and Technique / Re: Weight Training
« on: June 01, 2013, 01:55:28 PM »
Two days w/ four exercises:

Push Day
Explosive Movement-Power Clean
Knee Dominant Movement-Front Squat
Horizontal Push-Bench
Vertical Push-Overhead Press (Take your pick)

Pull Day
Explosive Movement-Hang Clean
Hip Dominant Movement-Romanian Dead Lift
Horizontal Pull-Bent Rows
Vertical Pull-Weighted Pull-ups

I like to alternate unilateral and bilateral movements from workout to workout.  For example Day 1 Week 1 we would Front Squat w/ a Bar, Bench w/ Dumbbells, do OHP w/ a bar.  Day 1 Week 2 we would do DB Snatches, Lunges, Bench w/ a bar and OHP w/ dumbbells. 

Coaching and Technique / Re: Locking hands on front headlock
« on: January 22, 2012, 12:08:52 AM »
Interesting. A front headlock type position is one of the most common positions in the sport so you have to spend some time there. I'm noticing a trend where our guys tend to hold the position instead of just down blocking and running the corner on guys. We're not chasing down the scoring opportunities there and it's frustrating. IMO when an opponent's position is compromised like that, you need to get busy and collect those points.

So what's the base short offense you're working on from the position?
From that "T-Rex" position (short arms hooked in the arm pits, chest on the neck of the down man) we work on pulling our opponent to an elbow and blocking that elbow and going behind.  We also teach finishing w/ a double leg if he comes off of his knees (like a good wrestler will) as we block his arm on the go-behind.  If we're having trouble with getting him to his elbow, we can reach and try and pull ourselves into a single leg position (it's there more than you'd think).  Finally we teach a cement job and mixer since your opponent grabbing your elbow and getting too deep isn't really a concern there.

When we taught the FHL as a base short offense, we had a ton of times were a guy would get a stalemate on us.  We score a lot more here doing this.  Not the only way, just one that's worked for us.

Coaching and Technique / Re: Locking hands on front headlock
« on: January 19, 2012, 11:57:51 AM »
I will preface this by saying I locked my hands all the way through high school and college and agree with Ray that there's a time and place for it.  Having said that, I think for MOST average high school wrestlers it's best to teach them not to lock their hands if you even teach a front headlock at all.  Dave Crowell of Nazareth, PA analyzed the positions where his team was struggling and getting "stuck" w/ the arm underneath was an issue.  They now don't teach it at all.  One could debate the merits of such an approach, but we've adjusted to the following "policy":  We don't teach a front headlock until after Christmas and then only w/out locking the hands and only once the team is good using the basic short offense that we teach.  As a result, we have gotten A LOT better in scoring from that position.  The wrestlers who are more experienced and have been in the program for a while use the front headlock all season long, and we coach them individually, but for the lion's share of wrestlers in the program, we don't emphasize it.

High School & Lower / Oregon Wrestling Classic Man of the Year
« on: January 18, 2012, 10:06:13 PM »
Congratulations to "Rockhard" for being recognized for all of the work he does for our sport.  Also great job on the 4th place finish at the classic (Oregon's unofficial dual meet state championship).

Coaching and Technique / Re: Granby Camp Question
« on: April 01, 2011, 11:23:23 AM »
I call it the Burns cradle because its associated with a program in my state, that has won 10 straight state team titles. Its basically a cradle from your base and they use their free hand to tighten up the crossface. However, the OH and IL kids I saw using this repeatedly, used their knees behind your legs, to walk their opponents leg to the head, then lock up the cradle and rock you over for the pin or NF.

Gary Bowden at Thurston teaches something similar to this.  There are still a few of there kids who do it and are very dangerous with it.

Coaching and Technique / Re: Granby Camp Question
« on: March 28, 2011, 10:14:21 PM »
We should go to a burns cradle clinic. Ohio and Illinois just raped everyone with it at MS Nationals this weekend.

Funny you should say it, but I'm putting on three themed mini-camps this summer for our wrestlers (kids through high school) for free and the "Burns" cradle is one of the themes for the camps.  We call it the "Sanderson" cradle because it sounds better.

Coaching and Technique / Re: Granby Camp Question
« on: March 28, 2011, 12:55:12 PM »
I don't know anyone who has gone to the Martin camps, but I've had several coaching friends who have taken kids to the Lowrance camps and been very happy.  I actually watched a video that one of them shot at a camp and learned quite a bit about a series that I already felt pretty comfortable with.

Are you thinking about taking your team there?

Coaching and Technique / Re: Video Recommendations Purlers?
« on: March 11, 2011, 12:47:26 PM »
thank you for the advice.

N Stanley, I would be interested in looking at that handbook you made.

I really want to have a season laid out in advance in a logical and sensical manner. I am not the most experienced coach, so I am looking for other coaches who have done this things already as a resource.

A handbook and a video resource sounds like a solid game plan to start.

It sounds like you have done alot of this already, and I dont want to re-invent the wheel.

I will check out Kirk.

Sent you a PM w/ my Email on it.  Shoot me an Email and I will see what I can send you.

Coaching and Technique / Re: Video Recommendations Purlers?
« on: March 11, 2011, 02:34:17 AM »
The Mills videos on coaching a Championship Wrestling Team are a great resource for a HS coach.  He does a nice job covering a bunch of different issues from fundraising to building tradition.  However, I think those are best used as a resource for the head coach, as opposed to a syllabus for a coaching program.

Scot Davis has a video series for building a HS wrestling program, that I have heard some good things about as well.  I've seen the video on program building which I thought was good, however I wasn't as impressed with the other technique video that I saw.  Since I haven't seen the whole series I can't say too much, but I'm assuming this would make a good library of technique for a burgeoning program.

Ray Nunamaker video taped an entire season from start to finish and I really learned a lot from watching it.  Nazareth (and Lehigh Valley wrestling in general) is a bit of a different animal than what I deal with however, so it's a great resource but it may be a lot more teaching/technique than many programs could do based on experience.

Along the lines of an online resource, I don't think getting a program subscription to would be a bad option either.  If you've been on the website and like what you see, you could build a list of drills, videos, etc for your staff to watch and then refer to them as they come up over the season.  Also, depending on what direction your team goes during the season, you can direct your staff to various videos that you pick out for them.  Also, you wouldn't have to worry about copying DVDs (not that you'd ever break a copyright law) or purchasing multiple copies.

Finally, one last video series that is not a really professional product, but is very good in terms of the technique and I think you could use with your coaching staff is Kirk White's video series.  YOu get something like 10 DVD's for $100.  Their production value isn't as good as what the other's above listed are, but the technique is top notch and I think certainly could be used as a syllabus for a staff, although you'd have to be very specific about what you wanted and didn't want.

Coaching and Technique / Re: Video Recommendations Purlers?
« on: March 10, 2011, 01:58:49 PM »
I put together a coaches handbook this past year for our feeder programs and HS staff, and included a bunch of the Foundation stuff such as practice planning, drilling, etc. I think in  a lot of ways technique is the easy part.  How to teach and run practices is a real challenge when you can't be there to correct bad coaching habits.

Coaching and Technique / Re: Video Recommendations Purlers?
« on: March 09, 2011, 10:58:09 PM »
I do like the Purler's Foundation System as a nice basis for a high school program.  I gave a copy of this to our middle school coaches, our kids club coaches and most of my HS staff.  The #1 reason I did this was to create a continuity between our elementary, middle school and high school programs.  The plusses of his DVD's are 1)It gives a template for how to teach technique in an economic fashion 2)It establishes for your program a base to build from--every coach sort of knows exactly where you're coming from 3)It's good solid technique that works for the 90% of your program you need to get better (I think too often we coach to the top 10% of the program and the rest of the team is left behind) 4) Finally, I was going to make my own DVD w/ our version of our system exactly as we implement it at the HS, but the time it would take, and the fact that we borrow so much from Purler I thought, "why reinvent the wheel?"

Coaching and Technique / Re: Wade Schalles - Killer Cradles
« on: February 28, 2011, 12:58:01 PM »
Quote from: Rockhard
Quote from: N Stanley
I like Schalles' cradle stuff.  I mentioned to one of our kids club coaches that I thought this DVD series was great and in the off season he went out and bought it and the next year, I went to a local kids tourney and saw their whole team hitting the cradle series that we do at the HS.  Good stuff I think.

Burns Cradle. Enough said.

Rock,  Give me some more info on what you are talking about.  I'm not familiar with Burns.

Rock's reference to Burns is Burns High School in Oregon.  They just won their 10th State title in a row in a small school division, but they have been REALLY good despite having zero economy, long travel distances, no transfer kids, several coaches coming and going, etc.  The one constant over the past ten years has been winning and the "highlander hook" or crossface cradle.  Their teams look like a collection of JV basketball rejects--tall, lanky and bad hair.  They've done a great job and my hats off to their community for keeping it going for so long.  Going back to them being a small school, this by no means should make you think they haven't been big school good.  A few years ago they won the Sierra-Nevada Classic a couple of years in a row.  Rock probably could give you more info since his school is the same size.

Coaching and Technique / Re: Relays Suck
« on: February 24, 2011, 12:39:10 PM »
I was looking at this article on peaking by Steve Fraser and thought his comment about sprint-jog intervals interesting:

The competition phase (February and March, depending when your state or national tournaments are) is the highest intensity focus. Wrestling activity should be at its highest level. The focus should be on very fast and intense wrestling. A lot of regular matches, micro matches and pummel matches. The duration of practice should decrease to: 45 – 1 hour. In and out of the wrestling room is better. Short and sweet practices would be the focus. Running should be sprints only. I personally like sprint/jogs because there is less risk in pulling a hamstring if you are not starting your sprint from a dead stop. And by the way…protecting from the injury is one of the main goals in this phase. Weight lifting in this phase is optional, however if one wants to continue lifting in this period, the lifting should be lighter weights (circuit training/maintenance).

Coaching and Technique / Re: Relays Suck
« on: February 05, 2011, 11:22:00 PM »
Ben Peterson wrote a good article a few years back about using fartleks to prepare for a tournament when he couldn't wrestle due to injuries and other issues.  Anyhow, he would run on the track and sprint the straight-aways and jog corners.  He would do that for 20 minutes, three times a day.  He said that the result was that he was in terrific condition when he headed to his next tournament despite the fact he hadn't been on the mat much.  We have our injured or kids with funk do this and it seems to help.

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