“To help our program grow and be successful, our biggest challenge, we are trying to reach 20,000 kids by asking many county and city elementary/middle schools to send a flyer home with their students to inform the parents about our youth program, and the opportunity for their kids to learn wrestling,” Kronable said. “There has been a huge interest from parents.”
The four-month fall program offers practices four days each week from 5:45 to 7:75 p.m. on Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m. on Saturday. Recently, the TWC teamed up with the Tuscaloosa County Park and Recreation Authority. Now, practices and competitions are held at PARA’s McDonald Hughes Community Center.
“McDonald Hughes Facility Manager Brandon McAway sees the value and importance to support our program to help us in achieving the growth of the club, which will allow TWC to get the right positive attention,” Kronable said.
“TWC has recruited five experienced wrestling coaches to our team totaling 10 to help provide more personalized attention to our kids to increase their technical wrestling aptitude,” added Kronable. “Our belief is, you register your child, and pay the monthly dues, then all coaches are available to teach your child or children to wrestle.”
Kronable says it’s important that the kids in the program are given as much one-on-one attention as possible, to help them learn and grow in the sport. He believes life lessons begin on the mat.
“Because our program is structured, and half of the coaches are fathers, our coaching philosophy is striving to conduct ourselves to a higher standard, because we understand the importance of having the right positive influence from being a good role model/mentor,” said Kronable. “Wrestling teaches kids to respect each other and themselves. Our purpose is to help them achieve success by improving their confidence and self-esteem, and setting and completing goals with discipline and hard work, which impacts other areas of their growing lives.”
Many young wrestlers in the area aren’t exposed to the sport until they reach high school – something Kronable hopes to change. He’s also hoping to see more area high schools and middle schools develop their own wrestling programs.
“The biggest objectives of growing our youth wrestling program is to develop the youngsters by providing the proper wrestling foundations and techniques to compete with the Birmingham and North Alabama youth wrestling programs. We also hope to create a feeder system for the high schools once they enroll and compete in their respective high school level,” he said.
The Tuskaloosa Wrestling Coalition’s fall season began on Nov. 1, and those who wish to sign up for the remaining three months can do so. The cost of the program is $50 per month.