30 Secrets to Recruiting Middle School Wrestlers
Have you ever wracked your brain trying to come up with a new idea for getting more kids to come out for your wrestling team? Have you ever pondered what motivated your wrestlers or how to get the best out of them? Have you ever doubted if you were doing the right thing? Let twenty-year Middle School coaching veteran and National Wrestling Hall of Fame member Darryl S. Ellrott answer those questions and more with his new e-book from Ellronté Press (Kindle version published by Big Rock Publishing)! In this no-nonsense survival guide for the wrestling recruiter, Coach Ellrott will entertain and inform you as he reveals over thirty of the principles and strategies he used to consistently recruit and develop large numbers of wrestlers year after year.
#1: Cultivate That Personal Relationship – Make Him Feel Wanted. 3
#2: Understand the Middle School Mind. 4
#3: Communicate Your Enthusiasm.. 6
#4: Cement Your Bond Through Multiple Contacts. 7
“Where was this when I started 17 years ago? This book would have saved me a lot of heartache and probably a kid or two.”
–Jeff Stowers, Head Wrestling Coach, Towns Co. High School, Hiawassee, Ga.
“Coach Ellrott’s insight into the Middle School mind and his recruiting approaches are invaluable, whether one is a veteran coach or novice. He speaks from years of experience. Coach Ellrott offers us wisdom, humor and heart as he shares the lessons he’s learned from years of recruiting Middle School wrestlers.”
— Sean Silver, Youth Wrestling Coach, Columbus Academy, Gahanna, Ohio
“It’s only when we adults make the mistake of putting our wants ahead of their needs that we ruin things for them. Middle School kids just want to wrestle. It’s as simple as that. Give them matches, and then the boys will decide how far they want to take things. When the desire is coming from them and not you and their parents, then you will have achieved true success. Your wrestlers will come to practice every day with joy in their hearts and they will work like demons because the burden of adult expectations has been lifted. They will set their own goals and judge their own successes, and all a coach has to do is set the framework for achieving those desires.
“Coach John Wooden says, “Success is the peace of mind derived from making the absolute and complete effort to do the best of which you are capable.” If you can understand these truths about the Middle School mind, you will know how to bring out the best in them.”
Darryl Ellrott spent nearly twenty years teaching English and coaching wrestling before becoming an author, culminating in his 2009 induction into the Georgia Chapter of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame. Darryl is now a full-time entrepreneur, editor and author. He has also published The New Southern Grappler newsletter and Rear Echelon, his first foray into fiction.
- Big Rock Publishing, August 2011
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