West Virginia Wrestling


by Dr. Bill Welker

... on Booster Organizations

Wrestling booster clubs should boost, not boss!

With the start of every wrestling season, I believe that there is a need to review some timely points to parents who are active members of such organizations. Today's dedicated wrestling coach needs all the support he can get, especially in the area of money-making ventures. But your coach wants people who are workers, not complainers. In my opinion, the ideal booster club member should:

1. Help the coach acquire the funds needed to equip team members with the finest wrestling gear available.
2. Let the coach run the wrestling program, whether it be determining who wrestles varsity or scheduling matches.
3. By all means, support the coach wholeheartedly--win or lose.

Of course, if you have a problem, talk to the coach in private. There's no better way to turn-off new booster club members than by publicly airing your gripes during a meeting that's supposed to be devoted to more constructive endeavors.

Remember, "Any fool can condemn, criticize, and ridicule--and most fools do!"

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Updated December 11, 1998