Senior Spotlight, Ben Monroe, Ankeny Centennial

Do you have any family members who wrestled before you? How did they do? Yes, I had a couple family members wrestle before me. My dad got sixth at state in high school and then wrestled at Waldorf. My uncle also wrestled in high school. My cousin Lincoln Monroe wrestled at Valley of Elgin and [Read More]

Parents’ Dilemma in Specialization

Athletic coaching, training and scheduling are getting better and more demanding every year for young athletes, which is why the quality of play is also improving. While a North Texas doctor says he has concerns about the youth sports movement, many parents say they feel, at this point, they really don’t have much of a [Read More]

The Tipping Point in Youth Sports

“What happens to us parents and coaches,” I often get asked, “that turns us from sensible, relaxed people to stressed out adults roaming up and down sports sidelines and screaming at every play?” It is a question I ponder a lot, especially as I often get to watch my young children’s games played side by [Read More]

Senior Spotlight: Carson Murray, Dowling Catholic

Senior Spotlight: Carson Murray, Dowling Catholic When did you start wrestling? Who introduced you to the sport? I started wrestling when I was 6 years old. My Dad got me and my older brother, Caleb, into the sport. Do you have any family who wrestled before you? How did they do? My Dad wrestled for [Read More]

5 Secrets From Sports Psychologists That Can Benefit Us All

  It takes more than physical prowess to become a great athlete; they need help from coaches, managers, and others to make success a reality. Many pro athletes and teams employ sports psychologists, who can help athletes focus their mind and leverage greater results. The best part? Many sports psychologists tips work just as well [Read More]

Senior Spotlight: Evan Yant, Waverly-Shell Rock

  Senior Spotlight: Evan Yant, Waverly-Shell Rock When did you start wrestling? Who introduced you to the sport? I started wrestling in kindergarten when I was about five years old. My parents brought home a letter for Waverly wrestling club and asked me if I wanted to do it. I was obsessed with WWE at [Read More]

How to Lead a Positive Coaching Culture in Youth Sports

One of the biggest opportunities to make a lasting change to our youth sports culture lies in the hands of the coaches and ADs. Your program’s and team’s culture is the expression of your shared values, attitudes, and goals. It determines whether your team members focus on: Growth vs Wining The culture you create is [Read More]

Iowa Hawkeyes Announce 2019-20 Schedule

IOWA CITY, Iowa – The 2019-20 schedule released Wednesday by the University of Iowa wrestling program includes home duals against five schools that finished in the top 10 at the 2019 NCAA Championships. Minnesota, Nebraska, Ohio State, Oklahoma State, and Penn State all visit Carver-Hawkeye Arena this season. Ohio State (Jan. 24) and Penn State (Jan. [Read More]

Senior Spotlight Will Hoeft, Iowa City West

Do you have any family who wrestled before you? How did they do? My dad only wrestled for one year of high school, and was a pretty average wrestler at Monroe High School. Did you catch on to wrestling quickly or was it a gradual process? Improving as a wrestler was one of the slowest [Read More]

THE PRESSURE TO BE pERFECT

Adolescent depression, suicide, and anxiety are increasing at alarming rates. Recent studies indicate that as many as one in five teens suffers from clinical depression. As parents, we all want to see our kids succeed in school, in sports, and in life. But sometimes well-intentioned parents on top of the intensity of comparing themselves to [Read More]