Member Since: 01/01/2001
To be honest, I am not following. What exactly does this mean and how is this an answer to the MWR issue?
I am with you on a couple points, but still not getting the main point.
Like you said, on many Army posts, MWR can only provide the facility to hold a Combatives competition. The Unit signs off on the risk assessment, provides medical response, and the local Level III/IV acts as the Event Coordinator, with other Instructors from around post acting as refs. Especially at the standard rules level, this is fairly straight forward. Bragg puts on an event every 3 months.
What exactly does sanctioning by USA Wrestling provide to that Tourney Coordinator? The only real hurdles to putting on the event as I see it are the following. I am not sure which USA Wrestling would assist with our programs:
1) Risk Assessment - It took time to get Division to understand what the Combatives competitions meant, including risk. In the end, getting someone to understand the support and still sign off on it was key to getting unit support. I would not want anyone else besides the unit to accept the risk, as it takes away from the ownership.
2) Medical Support - We have plenty of medics on every Army post in the world. Giving experience at the standard rules level equals experienced medics for Level I and II courses, and for Inter. and advanced rules competitons down the road. I know I use those experienced medics who understand the competitions.
3) Refs - I want to get all my Level III (and even Level II's) as much experience reffing as I can in the post events. I do not need any additional refs.
4) Awards - I am all for someone providing awards, t-shirts, etc. to the winners of these events. This is my biggest pain! Each event trying to get awards, unit trophy's, t-shirts for competitors, etc.
5) Facility - As stated above, we should not have any issues with this.
As for some of the other points, who cares if non-Army people are using our rules or not paying $100 to compete? Maybe for recruiting purposes I could see wanting to get our rules system out there, but besides that I see no advantage for the Army or the soldiers.
As far as providing refs to these events, I suppose that could give the soldiers additional experience with reffin, which would be valuable. Problem is going to be travel. For starters most of the soldiers are not going to want to pay out of the pocket to go help someone else with an event, and in most cases will find it difficult to even get the approval to do so.