SOLC 1 of 31: Thank You Coaches

My son, 7, just completed his second season of recreational wrestling in my town. He isn’t the best wrestler and doesn’t really like the meets, but he loves practice. Here is a letter to his coaches sharing why.

Dear Wrestling Coaches,

Thank you for making this another season of fun for my son. A season where he got to practice hard, get moving and interact with others.

Thank you for making sure that the focus was on fun and trying hard, rather than winning.

Thank you for being okay with us missing some matches and understanding that it’s better to come to a few for experience than go to all of them and be discouraged.

Thank you for knowing my kid.  At the end of the year pizza party, both of you spoke personally about every kid who wrestled this season. You identified specific strengths and stories from the season.  It was awesome!

Thank you for keeping the sport in perspective and not making it about competition, but about experience and getting better all of the time.

Thank you for another wonderful wrestling season for my son. He’ll be counting down the days until next year. 



  1. Cindy said,

    March 1, 2014 at 12:52 pm

    Wow! I wish all coaches had this kind of perspective on the sport. We have had some excellent ones like this and others who have been on the other, win-all, end of the spectrum. Kudos to you for sharing our thoughts with the coaches; too often those leading kids only get the negative.

  2. March 1, 2014 at 1:37 pm

    I am sure that many a coach appreciates your comments’.

  3. March 1, 2014 at 7:43 pm

    What a lovely letter and it inspires me to include those positive attributes in my teaching work, too!

  4. tsudmeier said,

    March 2, 2014 at 12:53 am

    Wow! That is a wonderful letter. I’m sure the coaches are grateful that you shared this letter with them.

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