2nd Annual Wrestling Clinics
Brought to you by Pembroke Youth Wrestling and
Pembroke Parks and Recreation Department
Ø Where: Pembroke Community Center Gymnasium
Ø When: 6-8PM Thursdays and 6-8PM Sundays until August
Ø How Much? FREE
o Eric Supple: Pembroke High School Head Coach. 10 years of experience coaching at the high school and youth levels.
o Patrick Claflin: Pembroke High School Head Assistant Coach. 4 years of coaching experience at the high school level. DIII State Champion, 3rd All-State and New England Championships. Patrick brings a wealth of advanced wrestling knowledge and he knows what it takes to beat the best that New England has to offer. **Good Luck to Coach Claflin at Basic Training at Fort Sill!!!**
o Ian Horkan: Three time State Placer between Divisions II and III, 5th All-State championship. Ian is an outgoing senior and was one of our schools most dedicated athletes. Ian is a consistent and aggressive wrestler who can show athletes the value of constantly working to score points. **Good Luck to Ian at VMI!!**
o Pembroke Youth Coaching Staff: our excellent staff of youth coaches led by Bob Watts will volunteer their time as much as possible in helping our youth wrestlers familiarize themselves with the advanced techniques and styles that will be introduced to them.
o The coaching staff will attempt to instruct wrestlers in advanced wrestling movements and techniques with three ultimate goals:
§ To “beat good wrestlers”- as wrestlers become more experienced the same techniques will become less effective, we will strive to teach wrestlers the moves and styles that will allow them to succeed on the biggest stages in high school wrestling (State, All-State, New England and National levels).
§ Exposure to Advanced wrestling- it has long been a coaching goal at Pembroke to give wrestlers exposure to any and (hopefully) all techniques that they will run into on the mat. For this reason we will learn a wide range of techniques.
§ HAVE FUN! - Offseason wrestling should not be a “grind”. We want athletes to look forward to learning moves rather than dreading a workout.
Ø These clinics are open to any person who wants to come and get in a workout from grades 1-12. Experience is not necessary. Come try it out!
As an additional note--- I'd like to give a better idea of exactly what we have been doing each meeting to parents looking to involve their athlete in wrestling by giving you some observations from the first few weeks of the clinic. We have generally had betweeen 10-16 kids on Thursday nights, mostly 5th-9th graders weighing between 120-150 and 180-210 pounds. There are generally 2-4 younger kids (1-4 grade) on Thursday nights as well. Sunday nights have been slow, hence the change in time, but we wil continue to run them a little later at night (6-8PM) in hopes of approving attendance.
For the youngest group of wrestlers (1-4 grade) the focus is on coming in, learning the exercises, having a great time, and hopefully enjoying getting to see the older wrestlers (and coaches) out on the mat. They participate in the practice and do the same drills, but due to teaching slightly more advanced skills I have been making a more concerted effort the last couple weeks to break the younger kids off to work a more basic skill.
For everyone else, which ranges from 5th graders to former Pembroke wrestlers who have stopped in to help out*, we have done a warm up followed by teaching a nuetral move and lastly something on the mat (top or bottom) each session. The progress in this group has been growing each week and everyone is really making strides now, keep it up!
*Special Thanks to a number of alumni who have come already this summer including Colin Claflin, Ryan Chapman and Ross Waldron. Coach Brad is scheduled to be home from basic training for our session on July 6th come and welcome him home!