Attending college wrestling camps can offer many benefits, including quality training, exposure to college coaches and possibly checking out a college that you may end up attending.
College wrestling camps are an important part of the college recruiting process, but it can take a significant amount of research and preparation to find the right camp for you. That’s why we’ve put together a definitive list of every college NCAA Division I, Division II, Division III, NAIA and junior college wrestling camp in the country. You will also find the date, type and cost of each camp, potentially saving you hours of research time. Check it out here:
WHAT DOES A College Wrestling Camp INVITATION MEAN?
Not every college wrestling camp invite is the same. If you’ve received a camp invite from a coach you’ve been communicating with, that’s a great sign and likely means that you’re on that coach’s radar. However, if an invite you’ve received looks generic, you’re probably not on that coach’s radar yet. You’ll get the most out of camp if coaches know who you are, so make an effort to build a relationship with coaches ahead of time.
BEFORE YOU REGISTER
First, do your research on the school and program before you register for camp. Attending a camp is a great opportunity to improve your skills and get recruiting exposure, but the decision to do so should be based on your family’s budget. If you have received a camp invite to a college on your list and your family can afford it, you should consider attending. If you’re working with a tight budget, focus on your target schools or look at who else will be in attendance at the camp in question. If coaches from other colleges will be present, especially ones from schools you are considering, it might be worth stretching your budget to attend. However, if you can’t afford a camp, make sure to still respond to your invite.
WHAT ARE THE DIFFERENT TYPES OF COLLEGE WRESTLING CAMPS?
There are many wrestling camps to choose from, and all will be structured differently with varying techniques and philosophies. Knowing your skill level and the type of instruction or training you need is the first step in choosing what will work best for you.
• Technique camps: These are for beginning wrestlers who want to gain a general understanding of basic skills and experience, or just want to focus on one part of their wrestling that needs improvement.
• Intensive wrestling camps: For wrestlers with more experience, intensive camps will help develop your skills further. These camps typically focus more on intense training needed at high levels of competition so wrestlers are not only physically prepared but also mentally ready to compete.
MAKE SURE TO FOLLOW UP AFTER THE CAMP
Maintaining communication with college coaches Is extremely important, so after camp, you’ll want to follow up with coaches and thank them for the opportunity. You can also ask them about which skills you need to improve. Afterward, whenever you have noteworthy updates to share, such as new video or verified stats, email them about your progress.