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With over 60 years of wrestling experience, Lyne Dyche gives some helpful tips on getting started as a college official. Download Article
Committee for: Rule 2.1.1. Neutral Position
This interpretation is effective IMMEDIATELY (November 20, 2014)
In matches involving vision-impaired wrestlers, a finger-touch method shall be used in the
neutral position. (See Illustration no.8, in the NCAA Wrestling Rules Book, Page WR-89) Each
contestant shall have the fingers of one hand over and the fingers of the other hand under the
opponent’s fingers. Fingers shall not extend to the palms. Prior to the start of each match, the
referee shall flip his/her (red/green) disk to determine which wrestler has choice of hand
position during every neutral start, i.e., which wrestler will have his/her right or left hand
palm up or down relative to the mat. The wrestlers shall alternate this choice of palm
position throughout the match for each subsequent neutral position start. The meet
timekeeper shall indicate to the referee which wrestler has hand position choice.
The following is additional clarification for Experimental Rule
184.108.40.206.1 (Stalling - Offensive and Defensive Positions)
When in an offensive position a wrestler moves his/her lock or hold to around a leg or
legs below the buttocks and does not breakdown the opponent, execute an offensive
move or work back up to the upper extremity for five seconds as counted by the referee,
the offensive wrestler shall be called for stalling. The count shall be both verbal and
Situation: Referee position, the offensive wrestler drops down below the waist onto one leg and
then the wrestlers stand up onto their feet with the offensive wrestler still holding onto the leg.
Ruling: In this situation, the referee shall determine if the offensive wrestler picked the leg up
(initiated the action) or did the defensive wrestler stand up (initiated the action). If the offensive
wrestler initiated the action by lifting the leg up off the mat, then the referee would stop his/her
count. If the defensive wrestler initiated the action by standing up, then the referee would
continue the count until the referee determined that the offensive wrestler initiated action to
return the defensive wrestler to the mat, move his hold up above the buttocks, or release the
If the offensive wrestler moved his hold down below the buttocks, the referee shall immediately
start the count. At this point, if the defensive wrestler initiates the action by standing up or
moving forward (dragging the offensive wrestler around the mat, etc.) and the offensive wrestler
is not attempting to breakdown, move up or return the defensive wrestler to the mat, then the
count shall continue and if the referee reaches a five count, the offensive wrestler shall be called
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Please take note of this memo regarding the 2014 NCAA Wrestling Referee Clinics Download>>
Attention Officials: This is a list of recommendations that Mr. Fred Ambrose (Pennsylvania) has for the officials in his association. He makes some excellent points regarding professional dress, arrival times, etc. Other items such as paycheck procedure might not be applicable in your situation.
Some excellent items worth consideration by all. Download>>
THERE WILL NOT BE ANY CLINIC BROADCASTS THIS YEAR FOR THE 2014-15 WRESTLING SEASON. CLINICS WILL BE ONLINE, PLUS SOME DATES WILL BE ANNOUNCED WHEN WE WILL HAVE AN OPEN CHAT LINE. New this year, the NCAA will not conduct in–person clinics for wrestling referee certification purposes. The clinic information will now be recorded and available online, at your convenience, beginning September 15 and closing October 19. Ron Beaschler, secretary-rules editor, will review new rules and points of emphasis and Dr. Pat McCormick, national coordinator of officials, will offer the latest instruction on mechanics, positioning, mat control, the role of the assistant referee and other useful topics designed to benefit the collegiate wrestling referee. Each referee assigned to NCAA wrestling competition is required each year to pass the online exam, view the annual rules presentation and participate in the online NCAA rules clinic. All officials who wish to be eligible to officiate NCAA wrestling competition will be required to register on the Arbiter Sports website, https://www.arbitersports.com and complete the online test and clinic by October 19. Arbiter Sports is the official site for NCAA wrestling officials. The site will house the annual rules test, a downloadable rules book, interpretations, points of emphasis, video clips, teaching materials, post season assignments, ejection forms, updated officials mechanics information from Dr. McCormick, as well as interpretations and points of emphasis from Mr. Beaschler. More information will be available in the coming weeks. .
SECOND ANNOUNCEMENT; DUES ARE DUE AND PAYABLE ON JULY 1 FOR THE 2014-15 WRESTLING SEASON 2014 Clinic Information
2014 Facility Information
2014 Rules/Referee Locations
All wrestling officials are welcomed and encouraged to join the N.W.O.A. The year is "July 1st-June 30 of each year" and the annual dues are $10. Please send all NWOA membership dues, payments and/or inquires to Lynn Dyche.
The National Wrestling Officials Association is a service organization, created with the endorsement and support of the NCAA Wrestling Rules Committee and the National Wrestling Coaches Association. The member officials provide officiating services to universities, colleges and conferences needing NCAA-quality officiating.
Only NCAA registered officials may be used to officiate any wrestling meet or
Tournament during the 2014-15 academic year. Listed below are the referee requirements.
7.1.1 Registration. A referee who wishes to be eligible to officiate regular-season
And/or postseason competition must complete the following requirements :
1) The referee shall register by watching, annually, the NCAA Rules Presentation
(DVD) not later than OCTOBER 19 of each year.
2) MUST watch A CLINIC EVERY YEAR
3) MUST PASS THE TEST WITH A SCORE OF 85%
7.1.2 Institutional Penalty. An institution using a non-registered referee shall be
Subject to any or all of the following penalties:
220.127.116.11 Monetary fine ($50 up to a $300 maximum penalty).
18.104.22.168 Disqualification of head coach for one or more competitions, and
22.214.171.124 Private or public reprimand
Coaches and/or administrators are encouraged to contact the NCAA Wrestling Rules
Committee chair or a committee member, the NCAA wrestling secretary-rules editor or an NCAA championship manager to report a potential violation.
Finally, the committee also requests that coaches submit a written evaluation of officials via the NWCA Web site when submitting the results of any competition.
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2014 Membership Letter
You need to update your resume by October 1st. If you do not update your resume we will take down your information until we receive a current resume.
Send to firstname.lastname@example.org.
2014-2015 NWOA DUES
Are Due July 1st
The Membership Year Is July 1 - June 30TH.
Dues are $10 per year. If you would like to pay your dues and subscribe
To the Amateur Wrestling News, then it's $40.
Send your payment to:
NWOA 2747 Kring Drive, San Jose, CA 95125
2014 Rules Video and Officials Certification Information will be posted in September