Wrestling teaches values that last a lifetime, go far beyond winning or losing, and set the foundation for a rewarding career in athletics, and success in life.
Wrestling builds character, teaches kids how to overcome obstacles, handle their emotions, respect authority, the importance of being a good teammate, and that success has to be earned through hard work and determination.
Wrestling also quickly teaches youth wrestlers that nothing is guaranteed. Winning a tournament one weekend is a great accomplishment, but that has no bearing on success, or failure, come the next match or tournament.
“It’s important to know that no matter how good you think you are, there is always someone out there ready to challenge you and give you all they have, so you need to be prepared.
What other values does wrestling teach?
One thing wrestling teaches is accountability. There is no one to blame or point fingers at. You have to look at yourself and ask, “What can I do better next time?” Whether it is struggling in a match, or not preparing well and making weight, there is no finger pointing in wrestling. This is an incredible life skill.
Studies show that grit and resilience are far greater predictors of success than things like IQ. Fighting to get off your back, when you are exhausted, and your opponent has the upper hand, is quite an opportunity to develop resilience. Importance of hard work: Regardless of what you do in life, relentless effort and hard work will drive you forward.
Wrestling is an individual sport, but kids who practice and compete together develop a bond and pull and root for each other. Wrestlers learn how to support others, and work together to achieve goals. For example, a practice partner can push his friend and teammate, helping both improve.
Good listening skills
“Good listening skills can take you a long way. If you listen in practice, listen to your coach, this will help you not only on the mat, but off the mat and in life.
It starts with good listening skills. Having to pay attention and follow directions for the period of a youth practice is huge for youth wrestlers, and that is the start of learning what it takes to be disciplined,” DeCoteau says. A focus on values, rather than winning, can produce better athletes and more complete competitors.
Effort opens up the pathways for the values of self-discipline and the ability to self-assess. I’d rather have an athlete on my team who works hard to improve, focuses on what they can do well, and learns from mistakes. Those kids will grow as athletes, perform better, and develop the character of a successful person. These values will most certainly impact an athlete's life beyond the youth sports experience—education, profession, citizenship, personal values, and even family life.
Wrestling teaches values that go far beyond winning and losing and last long after one's wrestling career is done.
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