"Once you have wrestled, everything else in life is easy."
- Dan Gable
The Benefits of Wrestling
The purpose of youth sports is to provide experiences for future life activities by introducing the concepts and skills. Wrestling cultivates character building, creates accountability and builds fortitude. It gives young people the opportunity to be a part of a team while at the same time allowing them to control the outcome of their success.
Wrestling is truly a "sport for all". Both genders are given an equal opportunity to participate, regardless of shape or size. All competitors are matched up based on weight and often times at the youth-level, based on experience and ability as well. While most sports must "cut" players because they can only serve a limited number at a time, wrestling has no limit to the number of participants that can join a team in a given season.
Contrary to perhaps popular believe, wrestling is no more dangerous than any other sport. In fact, it is considered one of the safest with fewer serious injuries than football, basketball, or soccer. There is a sole referee for every 2 wrestlers during competition, to ensure safety, and the rules are written with the safety of wrestlers in mind. Over 95% of injuries are limited to minor muscle pulls.
Beyond High School
Many basketball and football players compete every year with each other for ever diminishing roster spots and the occasional scholarship at the collegiate level. Wrestling is a sport that is looking for determined athletes to prove their toughness on the mat and in the classroom. Even if college is not pursued, wrestlers are left with the character, fortitude, and discipline they harvested through their years of wrestling to carry on in every aspect of their life.
"This is a sport that has turned many boys into men and many men into leaders. And it is a sport in which you can be a giant regardless of how big you are."
- Carl Albert
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