Wrestling in a novice division will only get your child so far. I think a lot of parents keep their kid in novice wrestling to increase their kid’s trophy count. Are you one of those parents that kept your kid in novice, even after he was dominating every novice tournament he attended?
Today, I would like to talk about the purpose of novice wrestling and why you should put your little wrestler in open as soon as possible.
What is the purpose of Novice Wrestling?
The concept of novice wrestling is relatively new. The novice(rookie) division is for introducing children to the sport of wrestling. It allows them to develop the basics, so that when a wrestler is ready, he/she can compete with experienced wrestlers.
Novice Wrestling has become Tainted
Over the years wrestling parents have figured out how to game the system. It is now common to see wrestlers in a novice division that should have gone open a long time ago. I have even seen novice wrestlers who claim to be two-time novice state champions.
You are Holding your Child Back
If your wrestler is winning every novice tournament they wrestle, it is time to move them to open. If you want your kid to become a better wrestler, he needs to wrestle kids that are better than him.
Your kid will lose some matches, but that is what makes them better. Convince your kid to put on this best wrestling shoes and learn to battle better opponents. If your kid works hard, you will be surprised how fast they will improve.
Beating up on a true novice wrestler doesn’t do your child or his opponent any good. You might be thinking you have a stud wrestler. The reality is that you are limiting your child’s potential in the sport of wrestling.
A Wrestling Trophy is not the Point of Wrestling
If your goal is to collect novice trophies to brag on your child, you are missing the point of wrestling.
The whole point of wrestling is to teach your child how to be self-reliant, persevere through tough times, shoot for goals, and grow into a confident adult.
Trust me. If your child sticks with wrestling, he will have more trophies and medals than you have room to put them. Eventually, you will only display his most important wrestling accomplishments.
I used to be that Novice Wrestling Parent that I’m Talking About
Ten years ago, my child was a novice wrestler. He started at five years old. He lost almost every match his first year. I kept him in novice his entire second year.
He quickly started dominating his opponents during that second year. He ended up being a novice state champ.
I truly thought my kid was a stud… until I moved him to open his third year. He got his rear handed to him his first year of open wrestling. It was a real eye opener. In hindsight, I wish I have moved him to open earlier. I think he would have developed a lot quicker.
Take Advice from Someone that’s Been Where You are
I look at my son’s accomplishments now and realize that his novice accomplishments were just a building block to get him where he is now.
Take advice from a parent that has been in your shoes. Novice has its place in youth wrestling, but you should move your child to the open as soon as he is ready. In the long run, you will be glad you did.
What do you think?
I hope you enjoyed the article. As an active member of the wrestling community, my goal is to grow this wonderful sport.
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