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2014 NCAA D1 Finals Officials
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Pat McCormick and Lynn Dyche

Go get your rule book for 2015-16 here:

NCAA Rule Book 2015-16

SUBJECT: 2015-16 NCAA Wrestling Registration and Referee Clinics. 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 officials clinic. All officials who wish to be eligible to officiate NCAA wrestling competition will be required to register on the ArbiterSports website, and complete the online test and clinic by October 19. ArbiterSports 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, postseason assignments, ejection forms, updated officials mechanics information from Mr. Shiels, as well as interpretations and points of emphasis from Mr. Barbee.

NWOA Logo Jacket

CLIFF KEEN Athletic has designed the NWOA an official jacket with a new logo for our use. The all-black jacket with logo is shown below. It is a very high-quality jacket, feels like a micro fiber, is wrinkle-free, and is made in the USA in Ann Arbor, Michigan. It is cut with lots of room for movement, and fits true to size. I have been wearing one for the last few months and I love it. The KEEN organization is willing to sell it at cost to our membership and also handle the ordering and shipping.

The cost for the jacket is $45 plus shipping. You can order the jacket directly from cliffkeen.com as special order code # NWOAF15MZ.

2015 Officials Test

The NCAA wrestling rules test will be active on September 15 and continue to October 19th. Officials must join Arbiter Sports in order to take the test. As you may know, the NCAA's registration and testing period for this year begins September 15 and ends October 19. Registration and testing are done through the Arbiter's website.

Each official must pass the test with a score of 85 %.

Arbiter Sports Link


Tim Shiels is NEW NCAA wrestling National Coordinator of Officials

Congratulations to Tim!

He is the new NCAA coordinator of officials, He has been an NCAA official since 1979. He has refereed 12 D1's,, 7 D2's, 19 D3's.

Tim has been married for 31 years to Lorie, he has 2 children.

"As the National Coordinator of Wrestling officials, I aspire and plan to further develop the NCAA's mission and commitment to the overall improvement, education, quality, and consistency of college officials, while demonstrating and ensuring the highest levels of trust and professionalism."

To contact Tim; mnfund01@gmail.com

The NWOA is SOLD OUT of tickets for the finals next year in New York. We have gone through our allotment.

How to become a College Official

With over 40 years of wrestling experience,Gary Kessel gives some helpful tips on getting started as a college official. Download Article

NCAA to High School Differences

The Benefits of The NWOA Membership
Benefits of the NWOA Membership

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 Gary Kessel.

Please contact Gary Kessel at

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.

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Wresting Officials Education Grant Program

In an effort to continue to provide support and educational opportunities to wrestling officials associations across the country, the NCAA is accepting applications for grant funding to support their efforts with recruiting, retention, training, education and mentoring. Grant funding will be provided with the intention of financially supporting efforts by the association in one or more of these areas. The grant application period will run from September 1 through November 1. Grants should be returned to the NCAA national office via email or fax with the subject line of “Wrestling Officials Grant Application” to: Heidi Wurster Assistant Coordinator, Championships and Alliances NCAA

Email: hwurster@ncaa.org

Fax: 317/917-6237 Along with the attached application, please provide a copy of your associations Articles of Incorporation and/or Bylaws, a proposed budget and any other information relevant to the proposed program.

You need to update your resume!.
Send to Kent.Intagliata@hyland.com.

2015-2016 NWOA DUES
Are Due July 1st

The Membership Year Is July 1 - June 30TH.

Dues are $20 per year. $17 For Officials that belong to Associations with at Least 20 members. If you would like to pay your dues and subscribe
To the Amateur Wrestling News, then it's $40.

Send your payment to:
NWOA 141 Manor Dr. East Stroudsburg, PA. 18301

NWOA Meeting Minutes

2015 Annual Meeting Minutes (download)

2015 Rules Video and Officials Certification Information will be posted in September


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