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Memorial Day

Posted by marauderwrestlingclub on May 28, 2011 at 11:08 AM Comments comments (91)

I hope the clouds disperse, the ground dries up and each of you enjoys a wonderful Memorial Day Weekend, but I would urge each of your to pause at least for a short while this weekend to think about what we are memorializing on this holiday.  I am posting this in hopes that I can help with that exercise.

One of the reasons I love the sport of wrestling is because of the way it teaches and reinforces "personal responsibility."  Most of you know that I spent many years in the Marine Corps, which is very big on personal responsibility. 

 I am attaching a portion of a speech from Marine Corps general that puts it all in perspective. 

On Nov 13, 2010 Lt General John Kelly, USMC, gave a speech to the Semper Fi Society of St. Louis, MO. This was only 4 days after his son, Lt Robert Kelly, USMC was killed by an IED while on his 3rd Combat tour. During his speech, General Kelly spoke about the dedication and valor of the young men and women who step forward each and every day to protect us. During the speech, he never mentioned the loss of his own son. He closed the speech with the moving account of the last 6 seconds in the lives of 2 young Marines who died with rifles blazing to protect their brother Marines:


"I will leave you with a story about the kind of people they are about the quality of the steel in their backs, about the kind of dedication they bring to our country while they serve in uniform and forever after as veterans.

Two years ago when I was the Commander of all U.S. and Iraqi forces, in fact, the 22nd of April 2008, two Marine infantry battalions, 1/9 "The Walking Dead," and 2/8 were switching out in Ramadi. One battalion in the closing days of their deployment going home very soon, the other just starting its seven-month combat tour. Two Marines, Corporal Jonathan Yale and Lance Corporal Jordan Haerter, 22 and 20 years old respectively, one from each battalion, were assuming the watch together at the entrance gate of an outpost that contained a makeshift barracks housing 50 Marines. The same broken down ramshackle building was also home to 100 Iraqi police, also my men and our allies in the fight against the terrorists in Ramadi, a city until recently the most dangerous city on earth and owned by Al Qaeda.

Yale was a dirt poor mixed-race kid from Virginia with a wife and daughter, and a mother and sister who lived with him and he supported as well. He did this on a yearly salary of less than $23,000. Haerter, on the other hand, was a middle class white kid from Long Island. They were from two completely different worlds. Had they not joined the Marines they would never have met each other, or understood that multiple America's exist simultaneously depending on one's race, education level, economic status, and where you might have been born. But they were Marines, combat Marines, forged in the same crucible of Marine training, and because of this bond they were brothers as close, or closer, than if they were born of the same woman.

The mission orders they received from the sergeant squad leader I am sure went something like: "Okay you two clowns, stand this post and let no unauthorized personnel or vehicles pass." "You clear?" I am also sure Yale and Haerter then rolled their eyes and said in unison something like:

"Yes Sergeant," with just enough attitude that made the point without saying the words, "No kidding sweetheart, we know what we're doing." They then relieved two other Marines on watch and took up their post at the entry control point of Joint Security Station Nasser, in the Sophia section of Ramadi, Al Anbar, Iraq.

A few minutes later a large blue truck turned down the alley way-perhaps 60-70 yards in length-and sped its way through the serpentine f concrete jersey walls. The truck stopped just short of where the two were posted and detonated, killing them both catastrophically. Twenty-four brick masonry houses were damaged or destroyed. A mosque 100 yards away collapsed. The truck's engine came to rest two hundred yards away knocking most of a house down before it stopped. Our explosive experts reckoned the blast was made of 2,000 pounds of explosives. Two died, and because these two young infantrymen didn't have it in their DNA to run from danger, they saved 150 of their Iraqi and American brothers-in-arms.

When I read the situation report about the incident a few hours after it happened I called the regimental commander for details as something about this struck me as different. Marines dying or being seriously wounded is commonplace in combat. We expect Marines regardless of rank or MOS to stand their ground and do their duty, and even die in the process, if that is what the mission takes. But this just seemed different. The regimental commander had just returned from the site and he agreed, but reported that there were no American witnesses to the event-just Iraqi police. I figured if there was any chance of finding out what actually happened and then to decorate the two Marines to acknowledge their bravery, I'd have to do it as a combat award that requires two eye-witnesses and we figured the bureaucrats back in Washington would never buy Iraqi statements. If it had any chance at all, it had to come under the signature of a general officer.

I traveled to Ramadi the next day and spoke individually to a half-dozen Iraqi police all of whom told the same story. The blue truck turned down into the alley and immediately sped up as it made its way through the serpentine. They all said, "We knew immediately what was going on as soon as the two Marines began firing." The Iraqi police then related that some of them also fired, and then to a man, ran for safety just prior to the explosion. All survived. Many were injured.some seriously. One of the Iraqis elaborated and with tears welling up said, "They'd run like any normal man would to save his life." "What he didn't know until then," he said, "and what he learned that very instant, was that Marines are not normal." Choking past the emotion he said, "Sir, in the name of God no sane man would have stood there and done what they did." "No sane man."

"They saved us all."

What we didn't know at the time, and only learned a couple of days later after I wrote a summary and submitted both Yale and Haerter for posthumous Navy Crosses, was that one of our security cameras, damaged initially in the blast, recorded some of the suicide attack. It happened exactly as the Iraqis had described it. It took exactly six seconds from when the truck entered the alley until it detonated.

You can watch the last six seconds of their young lives. Putting myself in their heads I supposed it took about a second for the two Marines to separately come to the same conclusion about what was going on once the truck came into their view at the far end of the alley. Exactly no time to talk it over, or call the sergeant to ask what they should do. Only enough time to take half an instant and think about what the sergeant told them to do only a few minutes before: ".let no unauthorized personnel or vehicles pass." The two Marines had about five seconds left to live.

It took maybe another two seconds for them to present their weapons, take aim, and open up. By this time the truck was half-way through the barriers and gaining speed the whole time. Here, the recording shows a number of Iraqi police, some of whom had fired their AKs, now scattering like the normal and rational men they were-some running right past the Marines.

They had three seconds left to live.

For about two seconds more, the recording shows the Marines' weapons firing non-stop.the truck's windshield exploding into shards of glass as their rounds take it apart and tore in to the body of the SOB who is trying to get past them to kill their brothers-American and Iraqi-bedded down in the barracks totally unaware of the fact that their lives at that moment depended entirely on two Marines standing their ground. If they had been aware, they would have known they were safe, because two Marines stood between them and a crazed suicide bomber. The recording shows the truck careening to a stop immediately in front of the two Marines. In all of the instantaneous violence Yale and Haerter never hesitated. By all reports and by the recording, they never stepped back. They never even started to step aside. They never even shifted their weight. With their feet spread shoulder width apart, they leaned into the danger, firing as fast as they could work their weapons. They had only one second left to live.

The truck explodes. The camera goes blank. Two young men go to their God.

Six seconds. Not enough time to think about their families, their country, their flag, or about their lives or their deaths, but more than enough time for two very brave young men to do their duty, into eternity. That is the kind of people who are on watch all over the world tonight-for you.

We Marines believe that God gave America the greatest gift he could bestow to man while he lived on this earth-freedom. We also believe he gave us another gift nearly as precious-our soldiers, sailors, airmen, Coast Guardsmen, and Marines-to safeguard that gift and guarantee no force on this earth can ever steal it away. It has been my distinct honor to have been with you here today. Rest assured our America, this experiment in democracy started over two centuries ago, will forever remain the "land of the free and home of the brave" so long as we never run out of tough young Americans who are willing to look beyond their own self-interest and comfortable lives, and go into the darkest and most dangerous places on earth to hunt down, and kill, those who would do us harm.

God Bless America, and..



Now, enjoy your picnics, but please  remember what the holiday is all about!

Off-Season 2011: Overview

Posted by marauderwrestlingclub on April 13, 2011 at 1:36 AM Comments comments (50)

Looking back on the 2010-11 WMHS season, I have to confess that I was pleased. When the season started, I thought we might be a .500 team, but were too young to really make any noise in the MAC Blue. I was surprised by our successes, especially when we won the Troy Athens tourney. In retrospect, I think we simply outworked most of our competitors – not during the season, but before the season. In other words, we exceeded expectations because we had a better off-season than most of the teams we wrestled.

Next year, we will have a lot of seniors and a lot more experience. We ought to have a better year. But we only realize our potential if we do what we did last year…out work our competitors in the off-season. With that having been said, I thought it might be helpful to provide an overview of the Off-Season, which can be broken up into three separate phases.

Phase I: The first part of the Off-Season, which runs from mid-March to the end of May, is the Spring Tournament Phase and is almost half way over. Phase I flows directly from the Regular Season into the MYWAY regional and state tournaments. We took 30 (15 youth/15 high school) wrestlers to the regional tournament, qualified 15 for states and placed 5 wrestlers. Open Room has been well attended by many Mott wrestlers, as well as several wrestlers from other schools. So far so good!

This phase of the Off-Season peaks, however, with the month of May. There are four local tournaments in the month of May: Woodhaven (Downriver Detroit), Troy Athens, Richmond and Chippewa Valley. So far, Athens has set the date for their tournament on Saturday, May 14th. Richmond has set their tourney for Sunday, May 22nd. I will post the dates and flyers for the other two tournaments when they are announced. I would encourage each Marauder to set a goal of attending 3 of the 4 tournaments in May.

Phase I usually ends on Memorial Day weekend with the Chippewa Valley tournament. We will continue to hold Open Room on Mondays and Wednesdays through the end of May. We will then take a three week break (May 30 – Jun 19) to allow wrestlers to focus on finals, finish the academic year strong and participate in graduation ceremonies.

Phase II: The second part of the Off-Season, is the Camp Phase. Several of our wrestlers are signed up for the Oakland University camp series, which begins April 30th with a “Top/Bottom Technique” camp and then continues with a “Leg-Riding Technique” camp on May 7th and a “Neutral Technique” camp on June 4th. Each camp is only $50.00 and is a great value. Attend one or attend all three.

Normally, WWT hosts a camp in the end of June that features CMU All-Americans. I will get the information on that camp posted as soon as Coach Mayer confirms the dates. I am also planning on having three clinicians in our room over the Summer.

Currently, I am trying to schedule former CMU All-American Matt Steintrager for June 20th and 22nd. Matt will focus on neutral wrestling. I am also working to get Josh Swanson in the room July 18th and 20th to teach tilts. Josh is a former wrestler of mine who finished as a runner-up at state and wrestled in college. He uses tilts as effectively as any wrestler I’ve seen. Finally, I would like to have Mike Miller or Scotti Sentes(both CMU 2x All-Americans) in to work on top wrestling. Mike or Scotti will come into our room in either late July or early August.

Of course, the most important part of the Camp Phase is the CMU Team Camp. We will be attending Team Camp I this year, from July 10-13. The cost of this camp is almost $400 per person. Marauder Wrestling Club will subsidize a portion of the cost of the team camp. The size of subsidy will be based on the amount of money we raise at the Bowling Fundraiser and the Golf Outing.

Phase III: The third and final phase of the Off-Season is the Fall Tournament Phase. Frankly, there are not many tournaments in late July and August. Woodhaven typically hosts a tournament in late July and Troy Athens has a tournament in August. Motivated wrestlers will compete in both of these tournaments.

September will have two tournaments that I will work to get on our schedule. The first is a tournament in Cheboygan, which is near my cottage in Northern Michigan. If I can arrange it, I will provide housing for the weekend and we can go to the tournament as a group. The second is Eastern Michigan University’s tournament on the last weekend of September. Both of these tournaments would be excellent tournaments to participate in if you are not in a Fall sport that prevents you.

October has three tournaments that could serve as a good warm-up for the season. In the first weekend of the month, Holly hosts a Borderwars tourney that is usually fairly tough and is relatively close. Michigan Grappler holds a really tough tournament in mid-October that draws competition from several states. Finally, the last weekend of October features the MSU Spartan Classic in East Lansing. My advice: Try to wrestle in at least two, if not all three, of the tournaments. Hit the ground running for the season!

In early November, for those who placed top four in a Borderwars tourney, there is a “Borderwars National Tournament” held at the Kellogg Center in Battle Creek. This is typically a pretty tough tournament and can serve as an excellent assessment of how well you’ve prepared yourself for the season just as the season is ready to begin.

AS YOU CAN SEE, there are a plethora of opportunities for wrestling in the next few months. If you promised yourself you would really work to achieve your goals next season by wrestling in the Off-Season, pick out several tournaments you want to go to and then use your Open Room sessions to prepare for those tournaments. If you need help with a ride, entrance fees or anything else, give me a call. I will do whatever I can to help you take advantage of these Off-Season opportunities.

Coach Salyers

Quitting on Perseverance

Posted by marauderwrestlingclub on December 6, 2010 at 11:55 PM Comments comments (206)

Coach Skop and I have been coaching together at Mott for 6 years now.  We have seen a lot of kids come through the program and each year we get a feel for how the season is going to go based on what happens during this time, the second week of competition.  This is when the exodus happens...when the softer, less determined kids figure out that this sport is too hard for them.  Once those kids have been trimmed from the roster, we can assess the strength of our team.


As coaches, our job gets easier when we get down to the real wrestlers on the roster, and I suppose I should be happy about it...but I am not.  Instead, I feel a sense of melancholy, a sadness borne of lost opportunity.  When some of these kids walk out the door, or just stop coming to practice (all too common), I can't help but wonder whether this is the first time they've quit on themselves, or whether they learned the habit of quitting earlier in life.  Regardless, they have lost the opportunity to learn the greatest gift ot wrestling, the ability to develop the character trait of perserverance.


Perserverance is nothing more than the habit of finishing a task once started.  Perserverance is a great virture.  It is the secret of success.  No man can accomplish anything of value without it.   A poor man can rise to power and fame by dint of perserverance.  A man blessed with talent and wealth can lose everything for want of it.


As coaches we know how tough this sport is.  We know that our practices are sometimes the hardest thing many young men will ever experience.  We know that wrestling is intensely personal.  A wrestler risks personal failure (vs team success or loss) every time he or she steps on the mat. 


But we also know that getting through a season, enduring all the hard work and refusing to quit can be source of great pride. Having the courage to put your pride on the line for a match, over and over again throughout a season, is an accomplishment unto itself.  It gives rise to a pride that makes the transition from boy to man much easier.  Quite simply, it is the best thing wrestling has to offer.



OFF SEASON 2010 - Camp Reprise

Posted by marauderwrestlingclub on July 22, 2010 at 1:34 AM Comments comments (6)

Well, we got a healthy dose of Chippewa Wrestling this Summer.  After Coach Mayer's Chippewa Camp at WWT high school, we traveled to Mt. Pleasant, MI and the beautiful campus of Central Michigan University, where we spent four fruitful days emersing ourselves in non-stop wrestling.


"Kudos" to the nine wrestlers who attended:  Garett Strube, Brett Rodzos, Matt Jundy, James Renaud, Billy Carr, Ben Cantrell, Evan Puth, Quentin Soard, and Kyle Gray.  I can honestly say that EVERY wrestler made huge strides at the camp.  Each of these nine wrestlers will see the fruits of their efforts when they compete this season.  Mark it!!


I think the thing I like the most about the CMU Team Camp is the laid back format of the program.  We received an extraordinary amount of one on one attention from two excellent wrestlers in All American Scott Sentes and Chad Deno.  Kyle Gray got hands on work with two All Americans, Bubba Gritter and Jerrod Trice.  After each period of instruction we had an informal dual meet where we matched up with another school to try the newly learned techniques in actual wrestling matches. 


Some of our wrestlers go in 20 matches!  Think about that....20 matches is the rough equivalent of a half a season!!  I know the experience was tough on some of the newer wrestlers in terms of wins vs losses, but they got exactly what they needed:  MAT TIME!!  It will pay dividends. 


In addition to learning tons of new moves and getting an enormous amount of competitive experience, we also had a ton of fun!  Harassing each other with good, friendly teasing and playing practical jokes on each others, all served to bring us closer together as a team.  My favorite moment was the look on Coach Haberski's face when he saw his car wrapped in Saran Wrap!!


I hope we can do it all again next year!!

Off-Season - Camps 2010

Posted by marauderwrestlingclub on June 20, 2010 at 1:12 PM Comments comments (0)

We have finished the Off-Season Spring Competition Season and moved into the Camp Season.  As a club, we will not be participating in any further competitions until July 31 at the Bulldog Open in Grandville, MI. 


The Camp Season will kick-off with a club/team meeting at Coach Salyers' house on Thursday at 6:00 pm.  [Coach Salyers address was sent out via blast mail to all members of this site]  We need to figure out who is going to attend which camp and let eveyone know the schedule and the costs associated with the camps.


The golf outing was not very successful due in large part to the lack of participation.  The result is that the we will not have the ability to offset the cost of camps to the extent that we originally intended.  If money is an issue for our wrestlers who want to go to camp, we may have to consider another bowling fundraiser or some other type of fundraiser....but time is limited.


If we are to continue building a solid nucleus of wrestlers for our program, camps are a necessity.  Let's put our heads together on Thursday night and figure out what we really want to do regarding camps.  Join us at Coach Salyers' house for hot dogs, pop and chips, while we discuss our options.


Upcoming Camps:

WWT Camp - June 28 thru Jul 1 (4-7 pm) - cost $60.00

John Burke Takedown Camp @ Mott - July 12-13 (2-4 pm) - cost $20.00

CMU Team Camp II - July 14-17 - cost $355.00


Off Season 2010 Update

Posted by marauderwrestlingclub on May 18, 2010 at 12:13 AM Comments comments (0)

We recently finished the two week Middle School Clinic at the high school.  I was pleased with the overall result.  By the end of the clinic, we had kids going at each other for a full match with serious intensity!  Kind of cool to see!  I think we also came away with another dozen or so kids for the youth wrestling club!  All good stuff!


On the high school level, we have continued to maintain open room opportunities for any and all area wrestlers who want to "roll around" in the off-season.  Open Room has been good and we've seen kids from Sterling, Cousino, Lake Orion, Fraser and Center Line in the room.  The more kids, the tougher the room...the tougher the room, the more rewarding the experience!


The competition phase of our particular off-season is coming to an end as May winds down.  There are two tournaments left on the schedule:  Richmond this weekend, and Chip Valley on Memorial Day Weekend.  I encourage each wrestler to participate in both tourneys.


Once May is over, we will take a couple weeks off for finals and the end of the school year.  Open Room will then resume in the third week of June and we will begin the "Camp Phase" of the Off-Season.  Our first camp will be the Warren Woods Tower Camp from June 28 - July 1, followed shortly thereafter with the CMU Team Camp from July 14-17.  We will try to get Coach Burke from Anchor Bay to come back in for a two day camp on July 12 & 13 as a warm up for the Team Camp.  Stay tuned!

2010 Off-Season

Posted by marauderwrestlingclub on May 5, 2010 at 10:40 PM Comments comments (0)

May 5, 2010

When Coach Skop took over this wrestling program a few years back, he asked me to help him build a program here at Warren Mott.  After the first year we diagnosed our biggest problem:  no youth wrestling programs. 

We began working on fixing that problem in year two by trying to get kids from Mott's feeder middle schools to join the Rams Wrestling Club at Lamphere.  In the third year at Mott, we were able to start our own club, the Marauder Wrestling Club.  Unfortunately, we weren't really ever able to get into the middle schools to promote the club and most of our members were younger. 

This year we attacked the problem directly with the advent of a Middle School Wrestling Clinic.  That clinic kicked off this week and we have had between 15-20 middle school wrestlers in the room each day.  The clinic will continue through this week and again next week from Monday through Thursday.

I am impressed with the young men who have joined us for the clinic.  They are enthusiastic and seem to be enjoying themselves immensely.  And they are learning....not just about wrestling (although they are, and that is very good news for our program), but about themselves and about life - which is the great gift that wrestling gives those of us who commit ourselves to this grueling but exhilarating sport.

As any of you who know me can attest, I love this sport.  I love it for its nature, but I also love it for what it has done for me....and for what it can do for the young men of the next generation.  I am fired up to see all the middle school kids embracing our sport.  If you haven't stopped in to see what's going on, I would highly recommend it.  It will lift your spirits.

CMU Team Camp

Posted by marauderwrestlingclub on July 16, 2008 at 11:34 PM Comments comments (0)

Wow!  What a blast!  Warren Mott attended Team Camp at CMU for the first time this past week.  The wrestlers worked hard, played hard and learned a ton.  I had a chance to visit my old "stomping grounds" and see how much the campus had grown.  I think we were all deeply impressed with the professionalism of the Central Michigan Program.  Our camp counselor, Pete Pucket, was fantastic.  He was truly invested in our success and seeing us learn and grow as a team.  All in all, an excellent experience. 

Mott had ten wrestlers attend (Harper, Upton, Pugh, Riley, Alyacoub, Salyers, Cureton, Best, Detkowski and Gray), as well as a guest from Troy Athens (John Keyes - great kid!).  All eleven wrestlers made great strides. 

In addition to 10 hours of excellent technique instruction, every wrestler had at least 15 matches, some as many as 20 matches.  As a coach, I watch to see how a wrestler learns and adapts what he is doing - it is the essence of this sport.  The results were amazing.

In addition to spending time together as a team, the Marauders seemed to develop a sense of esprit de corps, which is crucial if we want to acheive on the team level.

I am pleased with the efforts of those who attended and encourage you to continue using what you learned over the coming weeks.  If you don't use it, you will lose it.  So hit the Open Rooms in the area and reinforce the techniques.

For those of you who chose not to'd best get busy in Open Room if you want to keep pace.

Coach Salyers


Spring Break....Enjoy!

Posted by marauderwrestlingclub on March 22, 2008 at 2:45 PM Comments comments (116)

[Next Post:  Tuesday, April 8, 2008]

Most of you are aware that there will be no Open Room at WMHS during Spring Break (Mar 21, 2008 to Mar 30, 2008).   Beginning on Mar 31st, we will begin Open Room - Basic Skills where you will be encouraged to drill basic moves that will improve your fundamentals.  It will go for two weeks (Mar 31-Apr 4) on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 6:30 to 8:00.

There is no expectation that any of you do anything during your Spring Break but spend the week relaxing and getting healthy.  But just what does that mean?  Too often high school athletes come back from break worn out and frazzled because they spend the entire time off going full tilt and not taking care of themselves.  If that is your MO (method of operation), then you're missing the purpose of this break. 

As your coaches, we want to see you make the most of your break for several reasons.  First, because we care for you and want to see you do what is right!  Second, because we hope you will pick right back up on your off-season regimen and you will be best able to do so if your come back from break refreshed.  Finally, we want you to properly use your break because it will require an exercise in self-dsicipline that will assist in your continued development as a Marauder Wrestler. 

Here are a few tips that will help you take advantage of Spring Break in a positive manner.


1.  Maintain your normal sleep schedule.  All too often, teenagers who have no obligations the following day will stay up all night because they feel like they can sleep in the next day.  Sadly, parents tend to allow this behavior, totally unaware of what the change in sleep schedule does to your body.  Dramatic changes in your sleep schedule tend to cause lethargy regardless of how many hours you sleep once you do go to sleep.  Sleep is not a "fungible" commodity.  If you go to bed later than you are accustomed, you cannot simply sleep longer to make up for it.  It doesn't work that way!  So if you want to get the most out of your break, stay with your normal routine.  If you must stay up later, try to make it only an hour or so later and then try to wake up around the time you normally do.

2.  Plan your days.  Don't just sit around doing nothing all day.  Avoid the tendancy to sit around and burn daylight in front of a video game system.  Aside from being unhealthy, its not productive.  Instead, be proactive!  At the beginning of your break, make a list of what you want to do each day and make a plan to check those things off your list.  The list might include opportunities to socialize with friends, play laser-tag with friends or spend quality time with younger siblings.

Here is a suggested schedule that will make each of you feel better about the way you spent your break when it is finally over.  First, go for an easy run everyday when you wake up.  When you get back from your run, have a light but healthy breakfast.  Then take a shower and spend an hour or two reviewing some of the material you were working on in a class you're struggling in.  Spend the remainder of the morning working on getting organized (cleaning your room, organizing your school papers, etc.)  After you eat lunch, spend the afternoon checking that item off your list.  Come home for dinner and spend your evening with family or friends, but make sure you hit the rack at the same time you would have during school.  Sound boring?  Trust me, it's not.  It's refreshing and a great exercise in self-dsicipline!

3.  Avoid Trouble.  My mother used to tell me that "Idle hands are the Devil's workshop."  She was right!  If you don't have anything constructive to do, you're likely to be tempted to do something destructive.  Having a plan for your day each day will go a long way towards helping you stay out of trouble.  In general, avoid situations where friends are going to pressure you to do things you know you shouldn't do.

4.  Plan Healthy Recreation.  No one wants you to spend your whole break studying and cleaning your room.  That wouldn't be much of a break, either.  Instead, you need to have some fun.  The key, though, is to have fun in a healthy, productive manner.  If you are going to hang out with friends, try to make your socializing center around physical endeavors:  get a game of pick up basketball going; throw the football or baseball around; go play laser-tag; etc.  AVOID the video game trance at all costs!  If you must play video games, then put a time limit on how long you're going to "veg" in front of the set.

5.  Eat Healthy.  This is a biggie!  It is ingrained in our culture that vacation means we get to "cut loose" and eat whatever we want.  Do not fall into this trap!  Try to eat three light meals every day.  Avoiding candy, chips and sweets will keep you healthy and make you feel better.  Of course, if you do over-indulge somewhat, you will minimize the impact if you are sure to stay physically active over the break.

Well, that's it for now.  Enjoy your break and we'll see you back in the room on Monday, Mar 31st.

Good "Start" To Off Season

Posted by marauderwrestlingclub on March 18, 2008 at 5:33 PM Comments comments (0)

[Next Update:  Tuesday, March 25, 2008]

One of the most important skills you can learn in life arises from the process of setting goals and realizing them.  The process is very simple:  (1) Identify an issue or problem; (2) Set a goal to resolve the issue or overcome the problem; (3) Create a plan designed to achieve the goal; and (4) Implement the plan and realize the goal.  It is a simple process, but it is an invaluable process.  If you desire to be successful in your life's work (whatever that might be) you will need to master the process.

It was our belief that each of you would benefit from being shepherded through the "goal setting process" at least once in your life that led us to provide you with the questionnaires at the end of this season.  The questions were designed to help you identify an issue or problem relating to wrestling.  From there you were asked to establish a goal or goals that you wanted to achieve, hopefully related to overcoming the problem or issue you identified.  Next you were asked to create a plan designed to help you reach your goal.  Now we are in the implementation process, with next season looming as the determiner of whether you will achieve your goals.

So how are you doing?  From what I can tell,  MOST of you have been following through very well.  We have now had two wrestling competitions and a couple of weeks of open room.  With the exception of the OU Tournament, the events have been well attended.  Open room has been a considerable success with quality wrestlers from other schools joining us to increase the intensity levels.  Ohio was a great time and a success on the mat...who could ask for more, right??  Well, YOU can ask for more and if you want to achieve your goals, you should be asking for more!

Folks, the last few weeks were invigorating for me as a coach.  I have watched most of you having more fun AND being more intense than you were all season.  But there is more to do.

Most of you indicated that you were going to read "Wrestling Tough" during the off-season.  How many of you have even bought the book?

Most of you indicated that you were going to begin a running and lifting program during the off-season.  How many of you have taken steps to lay out your program and set a start date for your particular strength and conditioning program?  Have any of you sought the help of Coach Wooster or Coach Barkley in planning a strength program?

Look, winter is beginning to recede and spring will be upon us within the next few weeks.  If you don't take the opportunity now to schedule the implementation of your plan, you will likely forget your commitment when the warm weather comes.  Don't let that happen to you!  Don't put it off!  Try to follow this advice: 

First:       Figure out the specifics of what you are going to do next (open room, running, lifting, competitions, motivational reading and/or camp);

Second:   Determine when you are going to do it.   Set a specific date for beginning each component and then schedule the days on which you are going to continue.  Get a calendar and write it down.  Check the calendar daily!

Third:     Get a work-out partner, or partners.  One of the most important parts of implementing a plan is having the discipline to carry our your schedule.  Most of us don't have that kind of self-discipline, or if we do have it, we don't have it all the time.  Having a partner makes us accountable to someone other than just ourselves.  Then, when you don't feel like running or lifting or reading, you will feel obligated to do it for your partner's sake. 

We will be getting the next month's opportunities on the website soon.  In the meantime, enjoy your Spring Break.  Relax, chill out and just rejuvenate.  But also set aside some time to lay out your plan.  When April comes and the lengthening days of sunshine begin to warm the outside, be ready to take advantage of it.

Stay Tuned for more ideas on what to do and how to do it!


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