(December 5, 2021)
CLINIC WARS is a unique event that will kick off the WWS season this year. It provides an opportunity for wrestlers to learn from other coaches/clinicians and apply it immediately in live situations with wrestlers from other teams.
How does it work?
Wrestlers are grouped with other athletes of similar age, weight and experience. When the event begins, half of the group goes to one end of the facility, and the others go to the other end of the room. They then participate in a roughly 25-minute clinic to help them learn and succeed in a specific situation.
This year, the theme will be Mat Returns. So, one group works on effective mat returns (technique will vary based on age/experience level) while the other group focuses on escaping and not getting returned. When the horn blows, the groups meet in the center, find their assigned opponents, and wrestle live in the situation several times. No refs, no scoring---just learning and working on specific areas. When this is completed, the groups switch sides and work with the other clinician...and the process repeats.
Once the clinic wars are over, we'll let the participants wrestle live in other situations with various opponents. There will be no awards or trophies on this day---it's just a great way to ease into the season and work on improving technique.
Wrestlers can wear uniforms or practice clothes for this event.
This year, we are pleased to announce our high-energy clinicians. Steve Fittery (4x NCAA All-American and founder of FITS Wrestling Academy) will be at TOP all day. Keith Sholders (head coach at Westfield High School will teach the older kids (e.g., middle school) later in the day, and Tom Houck (president of Top of the Podium) will lead younger kids. Other clinicians may be added as well.
4x NCAA All-American
WESTFIELD HS HEAD COACH
TOP OF THE PODIUM