Coach’s Educational Resource Guide

How to Coach Kids (12 and Under)
This link is not valid for certification with USA Wrestling but provides great info to new coaches. Thank you to the USOPC, Nike, and Project Play for providing this free resource! (

Quality Coaching Framework (QCF)

What Does Quality Coaching Look Like? (Basic Overview)

Champions of Inclusion
(Free Course)
Athlete Ally launches the first comprehensive course on LGBTQ inclusion in athletics, focused on educating sport leaders at all levels.

United World Wrestling Warm Up Program

Wrestling Plus Warm Up Poster
Wrestling Plus Guide PowerPoint (pptx)
Wrestling Plus Guide PowerPoint (ppt older version)

Copper/Bronze Course Resources
USA Wrestling Emergency Action Plan (EAP in writable PDF format)
Goal Card for Coach/Athlete Communication
Why Would I Take a Bronze Certification Course with USA Wrestling

Bronze Level Coach’s Course Materials (for Review Only)
• PDF Version: Coach's Guide To Excellence - 2nd Edition
• iTunes Version: This book is available for download with iBooks on your Mac or iOS device. Multi-touch books can be read with iBooks on your Mac or iOS device. Books with interactive features may work best on an iOS device. iBooks on your Mac requires OS X 10.9 or later.

Developmental Videos
USA Wrestling's 7 Basic Skills Coach and Athlete Guide
Women’s National Team Head Coach Terry Steiner on Women’s Wrestling
Coach’s Syllabus for Freestyle Wrestling with Bruce Burnett (12 Basic Skills)
Coach’s Syllabus for Greco-Roman with Mike Houck - 15 Basic Skills
Dan Russell: Two Questions to Ask Yourself for Winning at Wrestling (and Life)
USA Wrestling Technique Videos For Sale with Championship Productions

White Papers – Informational Handouts on Wrestling’s Top Topics
Concussion Awareness Standards
Corner Coaching Tips & Standards
Football + Wrestling = Success
Recruiting & Coaching Women
Coaching Girl Wrestlers: Best Practices

Long Term Athlete Development Program:
Long Term Athlete Development Poster
Team USA American Development Model (ADM)

Technique Video, Practice Planning, Drills and Games:
USA Wrestling’s Core Curriculum Streaming Video Series
Practice Planning Guides
Drills and Games
USA Wrestling Practice Planner
Edgar Dale's Cone of Experience
Silver Technical Certification Guidelines

Nutrition and Hydration
USA Wrestling Coaches Council Heads Up Podcast: S2 E4 - Featuring Rob Skinner
A webinar on general sport nutrition: From Jennifer Gibson
Wisconsin Wrestling Federation Links for Nutrition
Are Nutritional Supplements Right for My Young Athlete?
Proper Tournament Day Nutrition
Hydration Nation: Tips to Staying Hydrated
How Many Calories Should You Eat
Debunking Breakfast Myths: Start Like a Champion with Summer Sanders and Jennifer Gibson
Nutrition Considerations for Female Wrestlers

Health and Wellness (Skin, Concussions, etc.)
Athlete Mental Health Considerations
Suicide Prevention/Awareness Resources
TeachAids Resources for Concussions
CDC on Concussions
What Happens When You Get Heat Stroke (More info at:
Sleep Well Before Events
6 Ways to Better Sleep

Sports Psychology
John Wooden – The difference between winning and succeeding
How to evaluate the previous season
Goal Achievement
Managing Priorities, Not Just Time
Wrestling Mental Toughness
Wrestling Mental Focus
Mindfulness Manual

Strength and Conditioning:
Wisconsin Wrestling Federation Links to Weight Lifting
NSCA Standards and Guidelines

Video Study and Scouting
Meredith Miller, USA Boxing HPD, on the advanced use of Dartfish and tagging video to developing a scouting program.
Bruce Burnett on Video Analysis

Olympic Wrestling Promotions
Olympic Wrestling: The Pathway to Folkstyle Success
Why Women’s Wrestling?

Coach, Parent and Athlete Tools
Positive Coaching Alliance
Free Interactive Courses for Athletes and Coaches: Performance Boosters, MOOC
United World Wrestling TV
Overcoming Adversities as a Female Wrestler
Changing the Game Project – Best practices for Parents and Coaches for All Ages
Agility and Balance Drills by 2x Olympian, Ahad Javansalehi
10 Checklist Questions for Parents to Help Ensure a Positive Experience
The Aspen Institute’s 8 Plays
Letter from a Youth Wrestler
Parent Questions for Clubs & Coaches

USA Wrestling Rules:
USA Wrestling Rulebook
FS/GR Challenge Procedures - June 2019
The Art of Refereeing Freestyle & Greco Wrestling
UWW Rules of Conduct - Jan 2019
UWW Policy Update on Athlete Celebration - Feb 2019

Recommended TED talks:
Why We Need Core Values - by Penn State Head Football Coach, James Franklin
How to Fix a Broken School? Love Fearlessly, Love Hard - by Linda Cliatt-Wayman
How to Raise Successful Kids – Without Over-Parenting, by Julie Lythcott-Haims
If you want to achieve your goals, don't focus on them: Reggie Rivers
The Unconventional Wisdom About Sleep