An effective coaching staff is essential in helping kids derive the greatest benefit from their involvement in the sport. Coaches need to be effective in planning, organizing, running practice sessions, and coaching mat-side during competition. They are also called upon in a host of other related activities, but most importantly, coaches should strive to create and maintain an environment in which the champion in every child can blossom.
It is the coach's responsibility to provide opportunities for growth, achievement and excellence that can lead to success on and off the mat. A good wrestling coach is effective in preparing their wrestlers for the challenges of competition and is able to instill positive values such as goal setting and self-discipline, while maintaining a high degree of enjoyment and fulfillment for the wrestlers.
In addition, coaches must be perceptive, flexible and creative enough to address individual needs. In summary, the coach should be a person wrestler’s trust, look up to, learn from and rely on for support. This is a tall order given personal limitations and other commitments most coaches face. It is more practical however, for these virtues to be present collectively within a coaching staff.
All coaches must be AAU and USA sanctioned certified. This process entails a background check as well as the successful completion of AAU
and USA coaches educational programs. This policy is not designed to exclude those who wish to coach, but is designed to maximize learning
opportunities and to protect our wrestlers from unsuspecting dangers.