Coaching Resources

    How to Coach Kids (12 and Under)
    This link is not valid for certification with USA Wrestling but provides great info to new coaches. Thank you to the USOPC, Nike, and Project Play for providing this free resource! (

    Quality Coaching Framework (QCF)

    What Does Quality Coaching Look Like? (Basic Overview)

    Champions of Inclusion
    (Free Course)
    Athlete Ally launches the first comprehensive course on LGBTQ inclusion in athletics, focused on educating sport leaders at all levels.

    United World Wrestling Warm Up Program
    Wrestling Plus Warm Up Poster
    Wrestling Plus Guide PowerPoint (pptx)
    Wrestling Plus Guide PowerPoint (ppt older version)

    Copper/Bronze Course Resources
    USA Wrestling Emergency Action Plan
    Goal Card for Coach/Athlete CommunicationWhy Would I Take a Bronze Certification Course with USA Wrestling

    Bronze Level Coach’s Course Materials (for Review Only)
    • PDF Version: Coach's Guide To Excellence - 2nd Edition
    • iTunes Version: This book is available for download with iBooks on your Mac or iOS device. Multi-touch books can be read with iBooks on your Mac or iOS device. Books with interactive features may work best on an iOS device. iBooks on your Mac requires OS X 10.9 or later.

    Developmental Videos
    USA Wrestling's 7 Basic Skills Coach and Athlete Guide
    Women’s National Team Head Coach Terry Steiner on Women’s Wrestling
    Coach’s Syllabus for Freestyle Wrestling with Bruce Burnett (12 Basic Skills)
    Coach’s Syllabus for Greco-Roman with Mike Houck - 15 Basic Skills
    Dan Russell: Two Questions to Ask Yourself for Winning at Wrestling (and Life)
    USA Wrestling Technique Videos For Sale with Championship Productions

    White Papers – Informational Handouts on Wrestling’s Top Topics
    Concussion Awareness Standards
    Corner Coaching Tips & Standards
    Football + Wrestling = Success
    Recruiting & Coaching Women
    Coaching Girl Wrestlers: Best Practices

    Long Term Athlete Development Program:
    Long Term Athlete Development Poster
    Team USA American Development Model (ADM)

    Technique Video, Practice Planning, Drills and Games:
    USA Wrestling’s Core Curriculum Streaming Video Series
    Practice Planning Guides
    Drills and Games
    USA Wrestling Practice Planner
    Edgar Dale's Cone of Experience
    Silver Technical Certification Guidelines

    Nutrition and Hydration
    USA Wrestling Coaches Council Heads Up Podcast: S2 E4 - Featuring Rob Skinner
    A webinar on general sport nutrition: From Jennifer Gibson
    Wisconsin Wrestling Federation Links for Nutrition
    Are Nutritional Supplements Right for My Young Athlete?
    Proper Tournament Day Nutrition
    Hydration Nation: Tips to Staying Hydrated
    How Many Calories Should You Eat
    Debunking Breakfast Myths: Start Like a Champion with Summer Sanders and Jennifer Gibson
    Nutrition Considerations for Female Wrestlers

    Health and Wellness (Skin, Concussions, etc.)
    Athlete Mental Health Considerations
    Suicide Prevention/Awareness Resources
    TeachAids Resources for Concussions
    CDC on Concussions
    What Happens When You Get Heat Stroke (More info at:
    Sleep Well Before Events
    6 Ways to Better Sleep

    Sports Psychology
    John Wooden – The difference between winning and succeeding
    How to evaluate the previous season
    Goal Achievement
    Managing Priorities, Not Just Time
    Wrestling Mental Toughness
    Wrestling Mental Focus
    Mindfulness Manual

    Strength and Conditioning:
    Wisconsin Wrestling Federation Links to Weight Lifting
    NSCA Standards and Guidelines

    Video Study and Scouting
    Meredith Miller, USA Boxing HPD, on the advanced use of Dartfish and tagging video to developing a scouting program.
    Bruce Burnett on Video Analysis

    Olympic Wrestling Promotions
    Olympic Wrestling: The Pathway to Folkstyle Success
    Why Women’s Wrestling?

    Coach, Parent and Athlete Tools
    Positive Coaching Alliance
    Free Interactive Courses for Athletes and Coaches: Performance Boosters, MOOC
    United World Wrestling TV
    Overcoming Adversities as a Female Wrestler
    Changing the Game Project – Best practices for Parents and Coaches for All Ages
    Agility and Balance Drills by 2x Olympian, Ahad Javansalehi
    10 Checklist Questions for Parents to Help Ensure a Positive Experience
    The Aspen Institute’s 8 Plays
    Letter from a Youth Wrestler
    Parent Questions for Clubs & Coaches

    USA Wrestling Rules:
    USA Wrestling Rulebook
    The Art of Refereeing Freestyle & Greco Wrestling
    UWW Rules of Conduct - Jan 2019
    UWW Policy Update on Athlete Celebration - Feb 2019

    Recommended TED talks:
    Why We Need Core Values - by Penn State Head Football Coach, James Franklin
    How to Fix a Broken School? Love Fearlessly, Love Hard - by Linda Cliatt-Wayman
    How to Raise Successful Kids – Without Over-Parenting, by Julie Lythcott-Haims
    If you want to achieve your goals, don't focus on them: Reggie Rivers
    The Unconventional Wisdom About Sleep

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