Beat The Streets - New York City Wrestling

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On Thursday, September 21, Beat the Streets New York held its second annual Coaches Seminar at the Novogratz Center for Athletics at Poly Prep Country Day School in Dyker Heights. The day started at 9:30am with registration and breakfast. Brendan Buckley, BTSNY Executive Director, welcomed the 45 coaches and described the BTS mission.

For Philosophy & Skill Instruction, presenters included Kendall Cross (NYC Regional Training Center Coach, Olympic Gold Medalist, NCAA Champion) and Valentin Kalika (NYC Regional Training Center Coach and the personal coach to Olympic Gold Medalist and World Champion, Helen Maroulis). Both of them shared their coaching philosophy while also demonstrating drills and games to reinforce good wrestling habits and positioning. McGarry, Head Coach at Eagle Academy in the Bronx, described hearing Cross and Kalika talk about their "philosophy, why and how they do something," as "amazing."

Kip O'Rourke-Brown, the Senior Program Director at Play Rugby USA, also stopped by to give a presentation titled, "What is Sports Based Youth Development?" The topic was geared towards explaining to coaches how sports and an involved coach can impact youth development.

The day continued with three presentations by Steve Flanagan and Mike Torierro. Flanagan, a former Head Coach of Brooklyn Tech and Wingate Campus, talked about “Creating a Culture" and shared his recruiting strategies that benefited him at Wingate. He also emphasized the need for a reciprocal relationship—basically that if a coach expects athletes to take on challenges, the coach should be ready to do the same. Torriero, a former Head Coach of the BTS Training Center, gave a presentation titled "Motivation Comes After Action." Both coaches then gave a joint presentation on how collaboration should be happening between the Junior League, High School, and Training Center coaches.      

Barry Hart, current Wingate Coach and BTS and Wingate alumnus, thought the seminar was great, "especially Flanagan and Torriero's presentations...what makes Flanagan and Torriero model coaches is how invested they are in making sure a kid is doing well and can succeed in life after wrestling."

Gene Zannetti, co-founder of Wrestling Mindset, gave a presentation on Mindset Training.  The Zanetti Brothers greatly believe in the importance of mindset and how it can shape physicality and actual performance. According to them, there should be less emphasis on winning and losing and more emphasis on an athlete's effort.  They cited the example of Kyle Snyder, who in most of his interviews, is thankful simply for “the opportunity to compete”.

The coaches capped their day off with a Happy Hour social.

We look forward to seeing how the coaches apply what they learned at this seminar.

Photo Credit: Chris Barr

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