Daring Greatly by Embracing Failure

“It is not the critic who counts: not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles or where the doer of deeds could have done better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly, who errs [Read More]

Senior Spotlight: Mason Cleveland, New Hampton

  Senior Spotlight: Mason Cleveland, New Hampton When did you start wrestling? Who introduced you to the sport? I started wrestling when I was in kindergarten, maybe even before that. My dad introduced me to the sport. Do you have any family who wrestled before you? How did they do? Yes, my dad wrestled when [Read More]

5 Ways to Communicate to Athletes More Effectively

In college, I worked at an elementary school as a yard duty teacher. There was an autistic student who was notorious for being a troublemaker on the playground. He once told me I was the only teacher he would listen to. When I asked him why, he pointed at the hand on my side holding [Read More]

Senior Spotlight: Brennan Broders, Muscatine

Senior Spotlight: Brennan Broders, Muscatine When did you start wrestling? Who introduced you to the sport? I was introduced to the sport through my dad and older brothers, all of whom wrestled through high school. I wrestled for one year as a kid in third grade but at that time it wasn’t really up my [Read More]

Senior Spotlight: Carter Schmidt, Norwalk

Do you have any family who wrestled before you? How did they do? I am the first in my family to wrestle. Did you catch on to wrestling quickly or was it a gradual process? It was a gradual process, continuous progress through the years. What club did you wrestle for growing up and how [Read More]

Senior Spotlight: Ian Heise, Waverly-Shell Rock

  Senior Spotlight: Ian Heise- Waverly-Shell Rock When did you start wrestling? Who introduced you to the sport?  I started wrestling in 3rd grade.  Nate Snyder (HWT Andrew Snyder’s father), who was my youth football coach at the time, encouraged me to try wrestling. Do you have any family who wrestled before you? How did [Read More]

How to Escape the Travel Team Trap

From the absurdity of ranking tee-ballers to barnstorming teams comprised of 8-year-olds, our youth sports system is broken. Where the goal once was to prioritize fun and fundamentals, we’ve devolved into a pay-for-play system that sells the appearance of elite competition to the highest bidders. Worse yet, we’ve convinced parents that the only way for [Read More]

Athlete tips: 13 Ways to be More Coachable

Identify what makes an athlete coachable or uncoachable TOP 5 benefits for being coachable. Free download of 13 Ways to be More Coachable. Download the Free Checklist Note to Coaches: As you’ve probably noticed already, sometimes your athletes need to hear a different voice than yours. Share our coachability checklist with your team to help [Read More]