BTSLA coaches prepare for the 2016-17 season

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October 14, 2016  |  This past weekend, BTSLA coaches gathered at the Belmont High School wrestling facility for two days of our most comprehensive coaches education to date.

Our coaches make the largest impact on each individual we serve. It is through their efforts that the youth we serve will develop the qualities that the sport of wresting teaches.

Leadership. Healthy Living. Character. Life Lessons.

These are the qualities that our youth will develop through their commitment to BTSLA. As they develop these qualities, they will grow into tomorrow’s leaders on and off the mat.

In order for our coaches to build leaders, they must be leaders. Over the weekend, our goal was to (1) present the Beat the Streets philosophy and vision, (2) provide instruction to help our coaches become a more effective mentor and leader, and (3) teach basic wrestling techniques, drills, and games that will assist our coaches as they run their program.

To accomplish these goals, we created our own curriculum, enlisted the expertise of Up2Us Sports and the Positive Coaching Alliance, and relied on the Olympic gold medal expertise of our Coaches Coordinator Valentin Kalika. Additionally, thanks to spatula skills of BTSLA Board Member Tom Hazell, we enjoyed a fantastic pancake breakfast on Sunday morning.

As BTSLA embarks on our 5th season, our reach has expanded into 27 programs throughout Los Angeles. This season, we will serve more youth than ever. We look forward to the continued growth and development of the youth we serve and we are confident that our coaches are more prepared than ever to build the youth we serve into tomorrow’s leaders.

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