One of a scholastic wrestling coach's responsibilities is to create a wrestling schedule for the team. Creating a wrestling schedule from scratch can seem like an overwhelming challenge, but the tips below can help ensure your team has the best experience possible.
- Complete your wrestling schedule early. If possible, you should have your schedule mostly filled in the summer before the season begins, so all you have to do throughout the season is pencil in some dates here and there.
- Start your practices early. Rather than waiting until a few weeks into the season to begin practice, schedule your first meets early so your wrestlers can get on the mat as soon as possible.
- Don't schedule in overly long breaks. It's fine to give your team a weekend off here and there, but avoid long break periods, as each match is an opportunity for your wrestlers to learn.
- Try to schedule as many tough tournaments as possible during the month before your qualifying tournaments. This should be your team's most competitive month.
- Be aware of travel limits. In some states, there are regulations in place that dictate how far a team can travel to compete. Be sure to learn your state's regulations before you start scheduling events.
- Keep your state's match limits in mind. Each state has a set number of matches and competitions varsity wrestlers can compete in before a qualifying tournament series. Take these into consideration as you schedule meets for your wrestlers.
- Use the Internet to search for events. Wrestling forums and websites for other local teams are two great places to find events for your wrestlers online.
- To ensure your wrestlers get the most practice, try to schedule as many tournaments as your budget will allow. In addition, make sure these tournaments are appropriate for your team's skill level. Ideally, you should try to schedule a combination of competitive one- and two-day tournaments that will challenge your team.
The tips above can help ensure you create a wrestling schedule that will work for your team and challenge your wrestlers. Aside from utilizing high-quality wrestling gear and wrestling shoes, few things can impact your team's performance as much as your schedule, so be sure to review the tips above before you plan your next wrestling season.