Team | Commitment | Discipline

TEAM

I’ve mentioned before that I believe high school wrestlers have to be THE MOST Disciplined student-athletes in high school athletics.

In this vlog update, I was able to capture an example that justifies my belief.  The team was getting ready to go outside to the school track for some warm-up laps & some bleacher conditioning.

Along the way, I was stopped by different coaches, and/or other teachers for one reason or another. By the time I was able to make my way outside to the track, the wrestlers were almost done with their warm-up laps.  And, I had not given them instructions to begin.  It was the habit, the standard, the expectations that had been built over time.

I Make Them Do Their Warm-Up Laps as a Team

I have wrestlers that also run for the Track Team, & their warm-up pace would be a lot faster than other non-track student-athletes.  However, I tell them that they must jog their warm-up laps in single file, as a team, in lane-8.  After their warm-up laps, they do some light stretching as a Team, as well.  When they do their conditioning runs, they do them at their best pace, and encourage each other to push beyond perceived limits.

COMMITMENT

Every year, we begin the season with anywhere between 25 – 35 students who think they want to become wrestlers.  Every year, almost half quit before the end of the season. Wrestling is just one of those sports that will test your mental toughness.  You have to be willing to really grind and push yourself.

It is not always the physical part of training that leads to students quitting.  There have always been, and always will be, students that are very strong, have plenty of endurance, and are very athletic overall — that will still quit because they are mentally weak.  They are not committed to the process of becoming a wrestler.  They are not willing to put in the time, work, and effort.  Wrestling is not a sport for the mentally weak and/or fragile.

DISCIPLINE

Then, there are students who will not quit on their own, but they always seem to have an excuse for not giving 100%, for not showing up to practice, for not showing up to meets, etc.  This does not mean that they are mentally stronger than the other students who quit, and/or were not committed to the process.  This means that they don’t have the discipline to push themselves, to test themselves, to be honest with themselves.

Whenever they think a coach is not watching, they’re cheating on push-ups, burpees, crunches, etc.  They walk instead of pushing themselves when out on the track, or running bleachers.  They roll over and quit during practice when live rolling.

Unfortunately, these are the students that end up having to be “cut” from the Team.  They don’t have the discipline, desire, & responsibility to be a Wrestler.

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One of My Passions | Wrestling

I AM THE OFFENSE
I AM THE DEFENSE
I NEVER SIT THE BENCH
I NEVER TAKE A PLAY OFF
IT’S ALL ON ME
I PRACTICE BECAUSE I AM BLOOD
I AM GUTS
I AM SWEAT & TEARS
I AM WHAT YOU COULD NEVER BE

I AM A WRESTLER

Anyone who knows me well, knows that I LOVE coaching.
I have been coaching in some form or another since I was around 17-years old.
I currently coach high school Wrestling and high school Swimming.

I may be just a little bit biased, but I truly believe that these are two of the hardest sports in high school athletics.

First, not everyone knows how to swim, and there are so many people who are absolutely terrified of even attempting to learn how to swim.  Additionally, swimming is one of those sports where you have to become comfortable with NOT being able to breathe anytime you want to, or NEED to breathe.

However, Wrestlers are a completely different breed of student-athletes.
It takes some real DISCIPLINE & DEDICATION to successfully complete a high school wrestling season.

To begin with, the conditioning that is involved in wrestling is enough to make many student-athletes quit mid-season, if not earlier.  Many student-athletes are, simply, shocked when they decide to “try” wrestling for the first time.

There is no middle ground when it comes to wrestling.
You either embrace & learn to love the Grind, or you hate it with a passion.  Only the dedicated with strong mental fortitude are able to make it to the end of wrestling season, & EARN the right to be recognized as a WRESTLER.

One of the hardest things to embrace when it comes to high school wrestling is the necessity to “make weight“.

Besides the fact that wrestling is based on weight classes, it also happens to be a long season.  Here in Florida, wrestling season usually begins at the end of October or the beginning of November, and goes all the way until the first weekend in March – culminating with the State Championships.

If you look at the season, you will notice that it covers all of the major “eating” holidays.

  • Halloween
  • Thanksgiving
  • Christmas
  • Hanukkah
  • Kwanzaa
  • New Year’s Eve/Day
  • Valentine’s Day
  • and, any birthdays in between those months

High school wrestlers have to be disciplined enough to stay on weight & watch what they eat – all while their close family and friends enjoy foods that they, most likely, cannot consume themselves.

These are young boys and girls, between the ages of 14 – 18 (on average), who need to have more discipline and dedication than most adults twice their age.

I hope you enjoy some of the highlights from one of our recent tournaments.

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Teachers Talking | Mr. Bland & Coach Pabon | Digital Principal

Who Are You?

Are you the go to person when it comes to digital media?
Are you staying abreast of how technology can improve what you do?
Are you the Digital Principal for your arena?

Real “job security” comes from creating so much value that you become an asset that others cannot do without.  Be the MVP for your organization. Since this conversation focused around education – if you’re in that arena, be the MVP for your school or for your district.

We’re in the 21st century, and we still have people outright refusing to engage with technology.  It is not a fad. Do not fear the technology – embrace it.  Use technology to simplify your life.

Is there a learning curve?

Sure – absolutely.
But, it should not be as drastic as some people make it out to be. (I know this sentence is grammatically incorrect, but we’re on the interwebs – so loosen up a little, ok.)

You have to get out of your own way.
“You have to get past your old you to get to the new you.”
– Dr. Eric Thomas (ET The Hip Hop Preacher)

Teachers Talking | Mr. Bland & Coach Pabon | The Start

What do you get when two non-traditionally trained educators sit down to have an impromptu conversation?

You get an interesting & refreshing taste of positive thought process, solutions, & recommendations for various challenges experienced by education professionals everywhere. Enjoy the ride.

Mr. Bland and I always seem to have some very thought provoking conversations, and on more than one occasion we have said that we really should record our conversations.  That’s what lead to this first (of many) videos.

Mr. Bland came into my classroom during a planning period that we both share.  We were about to begin having one of our conversations when I said, “Hey we should record this.” I had a student aide in the classroom, and he recorded the conversation for us. It was completely impromptu – which I believe shows through the video.

Anyway, we wound up speaking about several different topics.  I believe we helped come up with some very viable recommendations and/or solutions for various challenges that are experienced by educators everywhere.

We hope our unplanned conversation will help someone out in the interverse, or at least give you some ideas with which to begin.

This was, literally, the beginning — setting up the video recording.
Make sure you check out my “Coach Pabon” youtube channel to catch the rest of the videos in this series, as well as, future videos.