.....to establish Pennsylvania and the surrounding states (DE,NY, NJ, MD, OH, and VA) as the world wide ‘center of excellence’ for women’s wrestling.
1.) establish a ‘talent identification’ process, and implement a long term athlete development program;
2.) develop the USA Wrestling club system for girls and women;
3.) establish a women’s coaching education program that enhances the USA Wrestling certification system;
4.) establish a technical development program based a common syllabus that is coordinated with the USA Wrestling national women’s coaching staff;
5.) establish age-appropriate annual and multiple-year training plans to guide the athletes development as they progress.
Rationale: Women’s wrestling is now well established as an Olympic sport, and continues to grow at all levels. New collegiate programs are added each year, providing opportunities for young women to continue their education through wrestling. As an Olympic sport, it is important in each country’s total medal count. (The goal of each governing body, in each country, is to win medals in their sport). Pennsylvania is the strongest wrestling state in the nation – a well-established tradition, coaching pool, competitive system, and developmental infrastructure, including a knowledgeable administrators and media, are already in place. When we consider the size of Pennsylvania, both geographically and in terms of population, we see that we are similar to many countries around the world that produce a disproportionate number of international medal winners. With a deliberate, focused effort, Pennsylvania should be among the best in the world. When we include the surrounding states, we are clearly in position to rise to the top with enough planning and effort. Now is the time to make this effort, as women’s wrestling is well established, but still young enough to provide an open door. As members of the wrestling family in Pennsylvania and the northeast, we cannot sit by and let other, less developed areas be the leaders in any area of wrestling. Our pride in our coaches, athletes, parents should move us to act.
In addition, the inclusion of over 50% of the population in our sport will provide growth in participation, opportunity, and recognition, as well as financially. There are also numerous benefits regarding the implementation of Title IX.
Finally, the most important reason is that girls and women want to wrestle. If we believe that wrestling has enhanced the lives of our fathers and sons, how could we not provide the same experience for our daughters?
If you have questions, comments, or would like to be involved please contact:
Women's Wrestling Project
P.O. Box 53 Lock Haven, PA 17745
"The task is...not so much to see what no one has yet seen;but to think what nobody else has yet thought, about that which everybody sees." -Erwin Schrodinger
Women's Wrestling Project/Tiffin Wrestling Center
at Total Sports Athletic Center
310 Elmira Street, Williamsport PA 17701
570.484.1679 mobile; fax 480.393.5967