Typically, when introducing new concepts and techniques to beginner wrestlers, a lot of time in practice is dedicated to instructional explanation and demonstration. While this introduction is necessary, choosing to flip the practice will help wrestlers spend more time applying and repeating the techniques in a variety of situations rather than sitting and listening to instruction. Cutting lecture time and increasing hands-on application of knowledge in a variety of drills and games makes the practice more wrestler-centered than coach-centered.
By asking each wrestler to watch a series of videos prior to practice, the wrestlers come with background knowledge. The wrestler can listen to and watch each video more than once, even pausing and practicing each technique at home. With this background experience the wrestler is better prepared to succeed in understanding and applying the new techniques in practice. Introduction of technique time turns into review and application of technique time. The coach turns to listener, observer and questioner, stepping in to reinforce, rather than instruct. This puts more responsibility on each wrestler for their own learning and teaches the importance of preparation and how to deliberately practice for improvement. While the wrestlers will use these videos to better understand new techniques and concepts prior to practice, the coach will need to have selected them well in advance. Each video needs to be reviewed for its clear explanation and demonstration while being at the correct length of time, not exceeding more than a few minutes.
Flipping the practice with this method is helpful because it adds another experience for the wrestler to better understand, demonstrate and apply new techniques. They can practice at their own pace at home, reviewing the information as much as necessary. As a coach it would help me spend less time introducing, with more time moving around the room and reinforcing the technique. With more time for drills/games, practice time is more focused on review and application than instruction.