In this episode, former Beat the Streets NYC head coach Jacque Davis shares her insightful strategies for building recruiting new wrestlers to come out for your program. She worked with over 100+ wrestling sites and helped start 35+ new teams from no wrestlers to full teams. Learn her strategy from the ground up, emphasizing inclusivity and engagement. From innovative gym class takeovers to creative games that introduce the sport in a way that makes it interesting for non-wrestlers, Jacque’s expertise offers a comprehensive guide for recruiting and retaining athletes in both boys’ and girls’ wrestling programs.
In This Episode We Cover:
0:01Introduction and background of Jacque Davis and her involvement in women’s wrestling.
5:00Jacque’s journey from California to New York, and her introduction to Beat the Streets program. 9:00Strategies for recruiting and growing wrestling programs, with a focus on quantity over quality. 13:00Approaches to organizing gym class takeovers and getting kids involved in wrestling, including adapting to different environments. 19:00Details on the content and structure of gym class takeovers, teaching basic wrestling concepts, and introducing games to engage participants. 24:00The importance of building confidence and bravery in participants during early exposure to wrestling. 27:00Creative approaches to teaching wrestling moves in reverse, emphasizing key techniques in a fun and engaging way.