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  • 2/24/2021

    Please click the link to view NCAA Officials Health Dashboard.

  • 2/9/2021

    My thanks to ALL of you for your commitment and dedication to  college officiating and to the sport of wrestling during this difficult season.

    Division III Regionals and National Tournament Officials

    Tim Shiels
    NCAA Wrestling National Coordinator of Officials

  • 1/19/2021

    Please click the link to view Call for Proposals.  The deadline to submit proposals is February 10.

  • 1/12/2021

    The Case Book is updated to include interpretations related to extra matches. Click on the Rules tab to access the newest version of the Case Book and review A.R. 3-26, 3-27 and 3-28.

  • 1/7/2021

    Officials and referees may operate in proximity to student-athletes and school personnel during or as part of competition events. As a result, they may create risk for these individuals and may also be at risk for contracting COVID-19 from student-athletes. Beginning on page 26 of the NCAA Resocialization of Collegiate Sport: Developing Standard for Practice and Competition, the NCAA provides examples of testing and masking strategies for officials and information about officials’ proximity to competitors. Please review this information as you officiate NCAA competition this season.

    NOTE - The CDC guidelines related to gaiters have been updated. When wearing a one-layer gaiter, like the one officials may have received as part of the welcome packet process, it should be folded over to make two layers to be compliant with CDC guidelines. Other masks or face coverings that are in compliance with CDC recommendations also may be worn.

  • 12/29/2020

    Please click the link under the VIDEOS Tab to view 2020-21 Wrestling Great Officiating.

  • 12/9/2020

    The Case Book is updated to include interpretations related to artificial crowd noise and extra matches. Click on the Rules tab to access the newest version of the Case Book.

  • 12/7/2020

    Officials, as we prepare and look forward to Officiating Division I, II, III duals and multiple duals in 2021, please adhere to the following updates and note recent developments that are beneficial to us as Officials and to our Associations and Conferences.

    - Officials continue to follow the 12 Best Practices Protocols on Center Mat and be prepared to receive additional mandatory COVID 19 protocols/requirements from Conferences you officiate.

    - Conference Assignment Coordinators will inform officials of these protocols/guidelines ONLY when they receive permission and written documents specifically detailing these requirements from the conferences.

    - Officials Associations it is irresponsible to post or speculate on your websites about    upcoming COVID 19 protocols/requirements until they have been officially released by the Conferences and the NCAA.

    - Officials expressing your thoughts, beliefs, or feelings about COVID 19 protocols/requirements on social media is strongly discouraged!

    - NCAA Regional and Championship Officials will receive additional protocols/requirements from Tim Shiels, NCO.

    - NCAA Division II, III Regional and National Tournament Assignments have been submitted.  Note: Travel limitations, reduced tournament fields, and possibly fewer Regional Tournaments will affect assignments. Contracts are scheduled to be sent in late December or early January.

    - Officials due to the truncated season, be prepared to officiate extra countable matches (ECM's) at dual meets in January and February 2021. Additional information on this will be forthcoming from Chuck Barbee, SRE and posted on Center Mat.

    - CONGRATULATIONS, to the 8 Officials Associations, representing Colorado, California, Oregon, along with the EIWOA, ELWOA, ICWOA, MSWOA, and the SOA who received Officiating Grant Money from the NCAA. (Associations please document and share the positive results we're seeing with our officials in the areas of mentorship, 2nd Officials training, and recruitment of new officials).

    - THANK YOU to the NCAA Officials' Grant Committee of Anthony Holman, Trina Simerly, Heidi Wurster, Ryan Tressel, JP Williams, and Nick Strah for generously awarding over $13,000 to the Officials Associations.

    - Officials, thank you for your professionalism and positive attitudes these past nine months. Please stay diligent with both your physical and mental preparation over the next few weeks and throughout the season.

    I wish all of you a safe and healthy Holiday Season with family and loved ones.

    Sincerely,

    Tim Shiels
    NCAA Wrestling National Coordinator of Officials

  • 12/7/2020

    This article discusses rules interpretations for extra matches that are conducted alongside an existing dual or tournament competition.  Each of these interpretations will be placed permanently in the NCAA Wrestling Case Book.  To read the full article, click here.

  • 10/22/2020

    1)  Officials the deadline to have registered, watched the videos, signed off on a background check, and passed the open book officiating test with a score of 86 or better is Monday, October 26, 5PM, EST. If you fail to meet these requirements by the deadline you will be ineligible to Officiate NCAA Division I, II, III, contests in 2020-21.

    2)  Best Practices Protocols #3 also permits Officials to wear a full face shield cover, a standard whistle with a rubber guard or cover is recommended.

    3)  Officials on Monday, October 26 the ICWOA/National Wrestling Officials Virtual Officiating Clinic can be seen at www.ICWOA.org.

    4)  Officials for recent updates and important information about Officiating concerns, issues, questions and more visit your NEW NWOA website at: National Wrestling Officials.org starting Monday, October 26.

    Thank you,

    Tim Shiels
    NCAA Wrestling National Coordinator of Officials

  • 10/16/2020


    Officials,

    This best practices document was developed in support of the NCAA Board of Governor's direction related to the membership's safeguarding of student-athlete well-being and is consistent with the Resocialization of Collegiate Sports materials published by the NCAA Sports Science Institute. This information is intended to serve as a resource for Wrestling Officials to use in coordination with applicable government and related conference institutional policies and guidelines,and remains subject to further revisions as available data and information in this space continue to emerge and evolve.

     

    Best Practices Protocols NCAA Wrestling Officials

    1)  Officials should self-administer a Temperature check a minimum of 5 hours prior to competition.

    2)  Officials with a temperature exceeding 100.4 should immediately notify their AC and be replaced by another Official.

    3)  Officials should wear an approved mask, and use an Electronic whistle, whistles embedded in the mask are permitted.

    4)  Officials should use hand sanitizer prior to the start of each individual match. Hand Sanitizer should be provided by the Host Institution. Officials should keep hand sanitizer with them at all events.

    5)  Officials will instruct the Wrestlers to nod at each other to start the match. Officials will have the winner of each bout raise his/her arm.

    6)  Officials should not share equipment, rule books, flip coins, ankle bands, etc.

    7)  Pre-Meet Instructions should not take place in Locker Rooms, but rather provided to Coaches in advance. (A Standardized Pre-Meet form provided by Tim Shiels will be used by all Officials and will be sent to them by their AC's)

    8)  Captains meeting in the Center of Mat for Official's instructions and to have a coin flip should be eliminated and take place prior to competition at weigh-ins.

    9)  Officials should have the choice to arrive on site in uniform or dress in a locker room provided by the host school.

    10) Officials should arrive at the site wearing a mask and depart from the site wearing a mask.

    11) Social distancing by our Officials with Coaches, Trainers, Table Workers, and Video Replay personnel is required.

    12) Officials that do not subscribe to Best Practices Protocols may not be considered for NCAA Postseason Tournaments.

  • 10/5/2020

    In a continuing effort to support wrestling official’s associations across the country, the NCAA is accepting applications for funding to support their efforts with recruiting, retention, training, education and mentoring. Funding will be provided with the intention of financially supporting efforts by the association in one or more of these areas. With the number of collegiate wrestling officials declining, special consideration will be given to proposals with initiatives to recruit new officials.  The deadline for applications is November 1.

    NCAA Wrestling Officiating Enrichment Program

    NCAA Wrestling Officiating Enrichment Program Application

  • 9/22/2020

    Officials:

    The following eligibility requirement videos are available under the ELIGIBILITY Tab and Eligibility Dashboard

    Please watch both videos before taking the rules test:

    2020-21 Wrestling POE and Mechanics (Eligibility Requirement)
    2020-21 Wrestling Rules Video (Eligibility Requirement)

    After you've viewed both videos, please take the 2020-21 NCAA Wrestling Rules Test, found under the TESTING Tab and also on your Eligibility Dashboard.

  • 9/2/2020

    Please click the link to view this season's Cliff Keen Athletic Coupon.

  • 8/24/2020

    Officials, beginning September 10, 2020, you may register on Arbiter for the upcoming season.  A rules video produced by Chuck Barbee – SRE and an officials mechanics video by Tim Shiels – NCO will be available along with the officials test, no later than September 22, 2020.

    Officials, please note that you must be registered and pass the open book officials test with a score of 86% or better.  The deadline to register and pass the test (with 2 attempts, if needed) is 5pm on October 26, 2020.  NO EXCEPTIONS!!

    The 2020-21 season will require us to be flexible to scheduling changes, COVID-19 requirements on and off the mat, and a shorter officiating season.

    As always, be there for each other, the student athletes and coaches by continuing to be prepared and professional at all times.

    Thank you,

    Tim Shiels

  • 7/30/2020

    During its July 22 videoconference, the NCAA Playing Rules Oversight Panel acted on several items.  Please click here to read the memorandum from Jeff Hurd, NCAA Playing Rules Oversight Panel.

  • 5/21/2020

    Officials & Coaches,
     
    HOF official Dave Frisch shares his insights and thoughts on his 31 year career as an official, his years as a competitor and the current state of officiating.
     
    Dave currently resides with his family in Colorado Springs, CO where he is the President and Principal of GMS, Inc. Consulting Engineers.
     
    Tim Shiels
    NCAA Wrestling National Coordinator of Officials
  • 4/13/2020

    Coaches & Officials,

    Please click the link to view Trivia Questions Answers.

    Sincerely,

    Tim Shiels
    NCAA Wrestling National Coordinator of Officials

  • 4/10/2020

    Coaches & Officials,

    As we look forward to spending time this Religious weekend with loved ones via phone, virtually or at the dinner table, I thought you might also enjoy “wrestling” with these trivia questions as they pertain to college wrestling.  Answers will be posted on Monday 4/13.

    Be safe, be healthy.  I look forward to seeing you in the near future.

    Sincerely,

    Tim Shiels
    NCAA Wrestling National Coordinator of Officials

    Click Here to View the Trivia Questions

  • 2/26/2020

    Please click here to read corrections to Rules 3.8.2 and 5.6.14.

  • 2/20/2020

    OFFICIALS POINTS OF EMPHASIS Officials please refer to the POE's list as you prepare for the final week of the Regular wrestling season, Division II, III, Regionals, Conference Championships, and NCAA Division I,II, III, National Championships.

    Thank you,

    Tim Shiels
    NCAA Wrestling National Coordinator of Officials

  • 2/7/2020

    Please click here to read Case Book updates to Rule 4 on Imminent Near Fall and Rule 5 False Starts.

  • 1/27/2020

    Please click here to read Case Book updates to Rules 2, 8 and 9.

  • 1/27/2020

    Congratulations to the following officials for being selected to officiate the Division II and Division III Championships.

  • 1/17/2020

    Click here to read the full article.

  • 1/6/2020

    Click here to read the full article.

  • 11/19/2019

    Please click here to view the Sportsmanship Memorandum, by Karen Langston, NCAA Division I Wrestling Committee Chair.

  • 11/12/2019

    In this article I clarify several rules related to calling wrestlers out of bounds.  Click here to read the full article.  

  • 10/31/2019

    Click the link below to be directed to this year’s sports wagering educational video for officials.  The video is approximately 20 minutes in length and includes sports wagering information with which you should be familiar. 

    2019 NCAA Integrity Education Video

     

    Best regards,

    Dan Calandro
    NCAA, Director of Championships and Alliances

     

  • 10/30/2019

    Please click the link to view 8 Keys to a Successful Start.

  • 10/4/2019


    Referees and coaches please review this announcement of a correction to the 2019 – 2021 NCAA wrestling rules book.  This and all future rules book corrections will be available using the 2019-2021 Rules Book Corrections Link found in the NCAA Rules Information box on this page.

  • 2/28/2019

    Please click the link to view the Sportsmanship Memorandum, by Karen Langston, NCAA Division I Wrestling Committee Chair.

  • 2/21/2019

    Please click the link to view Postseason POE's for Officials.

  • 2/19/2019


    As the postseason competition approaches, I want to take a few minutes to remind referees and coaches about the rules surrounding timing and/or scoring reviews and the deadlines associated with correcting in-match errors. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me via email. Click here to read the full article.

  • 2/12/2019


    Coaches and Referees, the following clarification is being provided to ensure the dead time rule is interpreted and applied properly.  This an official interpretation that is effective immediately and will be added to the next update of the Case Book.  Click here to read the article.

  • 1/24/2019


    As the conference and postseason draws near I want to remind coaches and referees about the rules related to control of mat violations during the postmatch period. 

    Rule 3.20.4.e indicates that coaches may legally leave the reserved zone during the postmatch period.  The postmatch period is defined as the time from the conclusion of an individual match until the wrestler leaves the mat.  However, it is important to note that while coaches may legally leave the reserved zone, they may not enter the competition circle for celebration or any other reason.  A coach who enters the competition circle during the postmatch period is in violation of the control of mat rule (A.R.3-34).

    To see a video demonstration of a legal coach celebration and an illegal coach celebration, click here.   

  • 1/8/2019

    In this article I will discuss the importance of adhering to the rules regarding control and reaction time. Click here to read the full article.

  • 12/20/2018

    Officials and coaches, please be aware of the following rules and procedures prior to the upcoming Holiday Tournaments and Dual Meet Championships in Louisville.

    1. Flagrant Misconduct calls must be video reviewed, confirmed and announced by the official. Official's Flagrant Misconduct forms must be sent to me within 24-48 hours of the violation

    2. Wrestlers cannot compete in more then 6 matches per day.

    3. Wrestlers must have a minimum of a 30 minute rest period between matches.  This is not negotiable by coaches or wrestlers.

    4. Unsportsmanlike Conduct penalties - non participating team personnel, coaches, wrestlers, pre-match or post-match are cumulative.  The first violation results in a 1 team point deduction, the 2nd violation results in a 1 team point deduction and the offender being ejected for the remainder of the event.

    5. Two Unsportsmanlike penalties by a wrestler during the match will result in disqualification from the bout.

    Officials, please review the Penalty Table on page 55 of the Rules Book and the updates in the Case Book.

    Happy Holidays to All!

    Tim Shiels
    NCAA Wrestling, National Coordinator of Officials

     

  • 11/1/2018

    Please click the link to view 7 Keys to a Successful Start.

  • 10/19/2018

    In this article I answer additional questions related to Rule 5.3 unnecessary roughness and hands to the face.  Click here to read the full article.  

  • 10/15/2018

    In my first article for the 2018 – 19 season I am and providing additional guidance, clarity and examples for the application of Rule 5.3 regarding unnecessary roughness and hands to the face.  Click here to read the full article.

  • 2/2/2018

    To all referees and video reviewers: please remember, the hand touch takedown only applies when wrestling action comes from the neutral rear standing control position. The keyword is standing. In order for the hand touch takedown to apply, the two wrestlers must not be on their knees but rather, on their feet when/then a hand touch occurs. Wrestling action down on the mat always requires control beyond reaction time before the takedown is awarded. 

    If you have additional questions please click on the video tab, then click 2016 – 17 videos and watch the control and reaction time video presentation.  Please note with this video that the reaction time information is accurate but the rules mentioned in the video reference an older version of the rules book.

  • 1/11/2018

    In this final article SRE Chuck Barbee answers questions related to neutral stalling by pulling.  Read Part #3.

  • 1/9/2018

    In this second article I review the previous initial concepts regarding rule 5.7.5 on neutral position stalling and answer questions related to stalling by pushing.  Read Part #2.

  • 1/4/2018

    In this three part article, SRE Chuck Barbee answers questions regarding neutral out of bounds stalling rules.  Read Part #1.

  • 12/11/2017

    Referees and coaches, this rules reminder update focuses on illegal holds, the reserved zone for coaching and wrestlers reporting for medical checks and weigh-ins. Please click here to review the entire document.

  • 10/23/2017

    This video provides information for the upcoming season on what the Neutral Danger Zone looks like in live action.  The first few clips show situations in which the rule does not require the announcement of a Neutral Danger Signal (NDS).  The last few clips show situations in which a NDS is required.  Keep in mind while viewing the video, wrestler’s actions and reactions in this presentation are based on last year’s rules.  To view the video click here

  • 10/13/2017

    Over the past few weeks I have received a number of questions on both the Neutral Danger Zone (NDZ) and the Neutral Danger Signal (NDS).  Today’s document outlines my responses to each of these questions.  Click the More link below to read the full article.

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