My latest email from a few days ago might have rubbed some people the wrong way, but the point was, I have been able to predict the future with very strong accuracy ever since I started writing my book, Wrestling in the Coronavirus World(which I finished in March).
Recently, someone asked me the question on everyone’s mind: What’s your prediction on the 20/21 wrestling season?
First, all schools will end up moving to remote learning through the rest of 2020 (if not from Day One, soon after). All sports will be postponed until January 2021.
There’s a possibility – make that, a probability – of another major shutdown.
IF we get the virus under control, we could see scholastic wrestling starting in January 2021. Its a big IF though.
I”m not convinced the shutdown will work. The virus is here and it is determined to stay.
I personally despite the lockdowns, and because some of the elements are based in zero science (Michigan, we’re looking at you), and amount to a seizing of power, leading to government overreach in many ways, people have been fighting the restrictions. That trend will continue.
Example in point: There is no scientific reason to require wearing a mask outside when no one is around.
As a result of the mess left behind, we are likely to still be dealing with this in 2021.
The biggest concern right now:
This virus has mutations (as I also mentioned in my book would happen), and now kids are getting sick a lot more often. That’s why I think schools will end up all remote.
Finally, this dire hope-I’m-wrong-but probably-not-prediction:
Schools, state and local governments, and colleges have a huge financial issue on their hands.
Many colleges will fold (some will shock people).
Colleges will continue to drop sports.
On the big stage, if football doesn’t happen – the other sports won’t (since football revenue funds the other sports).
The end result being: any program that isn’t self-funded – able to pay for everything themselves, is at risk of getting canned. Penn State is probably the safest school in the country due to their endowment program.
PS: Regarding privately owned training, tournaments, etc. I was deeply critical of trainers that I mentioned in my book – people who don’t take safety into consideration and are reckless. Personally, I’d rather put the kids’ safety first – hence our very strict health protocols for the recent SuperGroup trainings that we concluded. I address this in my book as well, especially in Chapter 4: The Danger Zones of Wrestling.