WWCA Presidents Message – January 2016

TomM
February 2, 2016 22:27

WWCA Presidents Message – January 2016

WWCA Presidents Message – January 2016

January Message from Wisconsin Wrestling Coaches Association President  John Quinlan

Time to get revved up as we head down the home stretch! February is upon us and it is TOURNAMENT TIME!
The conference and WIAA tournament series are a special time for teams and individuals where goals and dreams of a season can be realized.
The “Road to Madison” begins now and through all the ups, downs, turns, bumps and bruises, take a minute to take a breath and enjoy the view as you travel along. The journey there can be just as beautiful as the destination. Enjoy the ride and keep it all in perspective.
The WWCA Challenge Series just finished its second year and was bigger and better than last year. Larger regional fields and more than 150 schools were represented at the finals in Wausau.
The Girls Division for the finals was a great starting point and one that I know will grow as the sport continues to become more popular with females. Their obvious talents and hard work were on display and I hope this will lead to more girls’ tournaments throughout the state.
A huge thank you to our sponsors, regional and final site directors, WWCA Board members, coaches, officials, and countless volunteers who gave their time and effort to make this happen.
A big thank you goes out to a group that without their expertise and dedication our sport would be impossible to continue. That’s right… Our Officials!
They work extremely hard at their craft and are very professional at the way they go about it. It’s a demanding, difficult and vastly thankless job that the vast majority of time goes unnoticed because they do their job very well.
They are a group of professionals that love the sport, are knowledgeable and are dedicated to the safety, well being and development of our youth. If not for job restrictions, family situations, etc., many would be coaching or having other ways of being involved in our sport.
Instead, they do the thankless job of officiating and help make our sport the great one that it is. We do not always agree with a call or the job they do but like our athletes they do their best, are professional and try to teach our kids sportsmanship, ethical behavior, and keep them safe along the way.
There is currently a desperate need for officials in our sport and as our season winds down I encourage coaches to talk with their seniors about joining an officials association and becoming a WIAA official. It is a great way to stay involved in the sport and a pretty good side income, especially for young college students.
Youth, middle school, and high school officials are all in great need. Training and clinics are available to go over the rules and strengthen their skills. You can go to the WIAA website at www.wiaawi.org or simply talk to one of your officials at your conference or regional sites and they would be happy to give you some advice and point you in the right direction.
Friendly reminder: Make sure rules video and tests are done and if your wrestlers have dropped down to their parental permission minimum weights that the boxes are checked on your trackwrestling.com weight management website.
As always, drop me or one of your eight local WWCA District Representatives a line if you have some questions or concerns. A lot of information regarding our sport can be found at the WIAA site or at our Coaches Association site at www.wwca.org

Best of luck this February and again remember to enjoy the journey.
John Quinlan
WWCA President

TomM
February 2, 2016 22:27
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