Pat McCormick recently resigned his position as the President of the National Wrestling Officials Association (NWOA). He was the co-founder of NWOA in 1974. Under his leadership the NWOA has grown to over 350 members. The members are primarily college officials, however the NWOA is open to all wrestling officials. In addition Dr. McCormick has been the Coordinator of Officials for the NCAA since 1989. He is responsible for training all referees and conducting clinics. He observes and assigns all referees to NCAA Division 1, 11, and 111 Championship and Qualifier Tournaments, and serves on Rules and Championship Committees as a non-voting member. Between his serving as President of NWOA and Coordinator of Officials for the NCAA, Pat has been instrumental in developing the annual certification process for wrestling officials. They must take and pass a written test every year to be eligible to officiate at the NCAA level. In addition, he organized live officials’ clinics throughout the United States. This required Pat to travel all over the country for several weekends in the fall of each year. However, with the newest and best technology, the clinics are now telecast live from the NCAA Headquarters in Indianapolis and are viewed at several different sites across the USA. Pat is also involved in the evaluation process for wrestling officials at major college tournaments where he and other qualified evaluators attend, evaluate and rank the officials. This information is then supplied to Pat so that he can present it to the NCAA Wrestling Committee to select the officials to work the NCAA Division 1, 11, and 111 tournaments. Pat is required to rotate his attendance at the Division 11 and 111 tournaments, and every year attends the Division 1 Tournament as the Coordinator of Officials, where he delegates the 20 working officials to their mat assignments and assigns the top-ranked officials for the championship finals. After serving for 43 years Pat felt that it was time to turn over the leadership to someone else since his other wrestling duties, his career, and family have placed a great deal of demands on his valued time. Under his leadership the NWOA has grown to over 350 members who officiate primarily at the collegiate level. However, the association is open to all wrestling officials. At 73 years of age he decided that he needed to slow down some and although he has resigned from the NWOA, he is still working full time at Hampton University. In 1996 he retired after 30 years as an atmospheric physicist from NASA Langley in Hampton, Virginia. He took three weeks to attend the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta, and then upon returning from Atlanta, he accepted the position as the Director of the Center for Atmospheric Sciences at Hampton University, where he oversees all doctoral candidates and continues his research. For the past 47 years, Dr. McCormick has been performing research on the development and application of sensors for measurement in the Earth’s atmosphere. This research has primarily focused on lazar and satellite limb extension (occultation) techniques for global characterization of aerosis, clouds, ozone, and other atmospheric species. He has been recognized internationally on numerous occasions for his work in this field. Pat and his wife Judy have been married for 47 years and have two grown children. Their son, Michael is a dentist and one of the top collegiate wrestling officials in the Nation. Their daughter Lynn is a registered nurse. He still finds time to attend many of his grandsons’ (4) wrestling matches. The oldest grandson is 12 years old. From what I understand, Pat gets quite excited watching them wrestle and whomever is officiating had better do a good job! Dr. McCormick has also served as the Coordinator of Officials for the NCAA for the past 25years. He is responsible for observing and assigning the officials at the NCAA Division I, II, and III Championship Tournaments. Between his serving as President of NWOA and as the Coordinator of Officials for the NCAA, Pat has been instrumental in developing the annual certification process for all officials. Officials must take and pass a written test every year. The test covers the wrestling rules, including rule interpretations and the official must pass this test to be certified to officiate at the NCAA Collegiate level. In addition, he has organized live officials clinics throughout the United States and an official must attend a clinic once every three years. For many years this involved Pat traveling around the country to conduct clinics. However, for the past three years the clinics are now held in October and November at about a dozen sites and are conducted via video-teleconference. He has also been involved with the evaluation process for evaluating wrestling officials at major college tournaments for decades. This process was recently refined so that Pat can assign qualified evaluators to attend competitions where they evaluate and rank the officials. This information is then supplied to Pat so that he can present it to the NCAA Wrestling Committee as they select the officials used to officiate the NCAA Division I, II, and III tournaments. In addition, he rotates his attendance at the Division II and III tournaments since they are held on the same weekend. He also is in attendance at the Division I tournament as the Coordinator of Officials, where he delegates the twenty working officials to their mat assignments and assigns the top ranked officials for the championship finals. One can now have a better understanding as to why Pat McCormick chose to retire as the President of NWOA with his many responsibilities and he left the Presidency in good hands as his son Michael was unanimously selected to serve as the new president of the association. Pat McCormick, we will miss your leadership in the NWOA, however, we wish you well as you continue to serve as the Coordinator of Officials for the NCAA.
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The NWOA is SOLD OUT of tickets for the finals next year in New York. We have gone through our allotment.
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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
18.104.22.168.1 (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
NCAA to High School Differences
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 $20. 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:
22.214.171.124 Monetary fine ($50 up to a $300 maximum penalty).
126.96.36.199 Disqualification of head coach for one or more competitions, and
188.8.131.52 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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