Why Should My Child Wrestle?
There are many benefits to wrestling for children and youth of all ages.
Wrestling doesn't discriminate. It is available to boys and girls of all ages and sizes. Because wrestlers are grouped by weight, smaller kids are not at a disadvantage. Wrestlers of different heights and builds can all find ways to use their particular body types to their advantage.
Wrestling uses the whole body, building overall athleticism. It improves balance, speed, agility, and flexibility. Wrestlers become stronger in the arms, legs, core, and neck muscles. It also requires extraordinary stamina and muscular endurance, keeping kids physically fit. It leads to children having more energy, and being healthier and more physically capable.
Because wrestling is an individual sport, wrestlers learn that the effort they put in translates directly to the results. They can't rely on teammates to pick up the slack if they fail to try their hardest, so they are forced to continuously strive for self-improvement.
At the same time, wrestling is a community. Teammates help each other out in practices and at tournaments, and many life-long friendships are forged through the sport.
Wrestling builds confidence, determination, and work ethic that translate into all aspects of life. Kids who go out on the wrestling mat and work hard to improve will go to school with the same attitude. Even if they don't compete, just training every day and being so dedicated to such a difficult sport creates a sense of accomplishment that greatly improves self-esteem.
Wrestling is fun! Children on the playground will naturally engage in wrestling because we are wired to enjoy this sport. It's an extremely dynamic sport with so many different techniques and countless layers of strategy, and this keeps children and adults alike engaged.