This is a great point and I'm glad you brought it up. Hopefully, in the article, it came across to show that we do not recommend large weight cuts. This is unsafe and unhealthy. Rather, we focus on fat loss in the off season and then once preseason/season begins, we want our athletes to be within 5% of their competition weight. This reduces the chance that we have an athlete losing large amounts of weight from week to week. Weight cycling really does lead to reduced lean tissue and glycogen depletion (the carbohydrates stored in our muscles used during exercise), as well as decreased immune function. We've all seen guys cut weight all season just to make it to the end of the season and get sick, injured, or just can't make weight due to being stressed for too long. This indicates that it's probably not an appropriate weight class for that athlete. We also recommend that our guys get within 2-3% of their weigh-in requirement in the day before. Again, this reduces the chance for drastic weight shifts. If you can get your athlete in these ranges by the time season starts, then its all about fueling properly daily to maintain their weight and lean tissue with small water shifts for weigh-ins. I agree with you that hopefully with better education and research out there for making weight properly, coaches will be equipped with the best strategies for their athletes and we can move away from the large weight cycling of the past.
Let me know if that clarifies things.