Originally Posted by Coach A
Regrdless of challenge IESA vs. IKWF, I'm willing to bet that choosing a state series will depend upon how many studs a team has and if they have a legit shot at a team trophy. If you have 5 or 6 guys that are state finals caliber kids, as an IESA coach I'd try to convice them that a school state title could be in the works, and a trophy in the case with there name on it forever might be important to them. Other than that, if you only have 1 or 2 kids in that group, they may go where they feel it's most competitive. Then again, with the new rule, 5 or 6 medaling may not get you a trophy, you may need more than that now.
I think what determines where kids wrestle, ultimately, depends on the goal of the program as a whole. Do the IESA middle school teams want individual team/school glory, or do they want their (town's) wrestlers to wrestle where they will have the best chance of getting better. For some kids this may be IESA while for other kids it may be IKWF. The additional practice time/opportunity is awesome and will possibly benefit all (who take that opportunity). But, some schools and town/area clubs may view it as an opportunity to work together to build an even stronger high school programs. Everyone has his own bias, goals, and priorities but what is the job of coaches of MS programs?
Thoughts? Maybe this should be a spearate thread.....but what is the coaches' ultimate goal/obligation? Build an awesomely successful ms program, improve individual wrestlers, work with IKWF to accomplish the betterment of high school programs? Maybe something entirely different......interesting philosophic discussion.