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  • 7/25/2018


    Please note the following dates to register to be a certified NCAA Wrestling Official for the 2018-19 season.  Officiating clinics scheduled with dates, locations, and persons to contact are also listed.

    September 10th – 1st day to register

    September 15th – Rules, officiating video and officials test posted on Arbiter

    **October 19th – Registration and completion of officiating test closes at 5:00pm (EST).  NO EXCEPTIONS!!  Officials who have failed to register and complete the test with a passing score of 86 by the deadline, will be ineligible to officiate NCAA sanctioned meets or tournaments during the 2018-19 season.


    August 25th – California, Oregon, Utah and Idaho Officials Clinic –Sierra College - Rockland, CA

    September 15th – BIG 10 Clinic – Rosemount, Il

    September 28th-29th – MSWOA Clinic – Cleveland, Oh

    September 30th – Southern Conference Officials Association – Spartansburg, SC

    October 2nd – New England Officials Association – Worcester, MA

    October 7th – EWL Officials Clinic – Pitt Johnstown, PA

    October 12th-13th – ICWOA, BIG 12 Officials Clinic – Blue Springs, MO

    October 21st – EIWA  Officials Clinic – Lehigh  University

    NCAA Wrestling National Coordinator, Tim Shiels will be available via teleconference or in person to cover POE’s for the upcoming season and to answer officiating questions or concerns, at all clinic locations.

  • 7/18/2018


    Sorry for the short notice, but please see the attached file regarding the schedule for the upcoming NWCA Convention in Daytona Beach, FL.  I, along with Chuck Barbee, will be presenting on Friday and Saturday - August 3rd & 4th. 

    To register, please contact Hannah at 717-653-8009, Ext. 104 or

    Please note that if you are interested in attending, the room rate at the Daytona Hilton is $125 per night for a single or double room - good until July 23rd (see link).  Please note that a $100 registration fee is required which includes 2 lunches and access to the Friday night social and breakfast Friday morning.  In addition, the Rick Belle Official of the Year award will be presented at the luncheon on Saturday.  Here is the website for room reservations.

    Please feel free to contact me at if you have any questions or need additional information regarding the convention.

    Tim Shiels
    National Coordinator of Wrestling Officials

  • 2/23/2018

    Referees and coaches, there is an error in the Case Book regarding untimely requests for video review.  Click here to read the correction.  

    Chuck Barbee
    Secretary-Rules Editor 

  • 2/6/2018

    Tim Shiels will be hosting an officials' conference call on Monday, February 12th at 7pm (CST).  Click here for the call-in number and access code.  

  • 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.

  • 1/26/2018

    After discussing the 1-23-2018 teleconference, we would like to reinforce a couple of points that may have not been completely clear.  Please click here to read the full article. 

  • 1/18/2018

    To:  Officials and Coaches

    Officials, please call in at 7pm (CST) on Tuesday, January 23rd for a Conference Call hosted by Tim Shiels and Chuck Barbee.  All officials working post season events should be on the call.  If you have questions during the call, submit them via email to Chuck Barbee at  

    Click here for the call-in number and access code.

    We look forward to your participation.

  • 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.

  • 12/20/2017

    Please click the VIDEOS Tab to view NCAA Officiating - December 2017.

  • 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.

  • 11/22/2017

    The 2017–18 wrestling season is off to a great start. Thank you referees for working diligently to assimilate the new rules and interpretations into your new match officiating routines.  I do have a few rules reminders I would like to reinforce as we move forward. Click here to read the full document.

  • 11/7/2017

    Please review several recent rules interpretations questions and responses by clicking here.  Each of the three most recent responses are also being placed in the 2017–18 NCAA Wrestling Case Book

  • 11/1/2017

    Please click the VIDEOS Tab to view 2017-18 NCAA Wrestling Officials Training Video.

  • 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

  • 10/18/2017

    With several new video review rules in place this season, I am providing important reminders and new interpretations.  Click here to read the full article.

  • 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.

  • 9/26/2017

    Please click the links below to access the
    2017-18 NCAA Wrestling Officials Grant Program:



  • 9/25/2017

    Thank you for registering as an NCAA Men's Wrestling Official on Faceoff!  As part of your registration, Cliff Keen Athletic and the NCAA would like to give you a coupon for 20% off your next equipment order at  Click the More link below to view the flyer and coupon information.

  • 9/19/2017

    Secretary-Rules Editor Chuck Barbee will be holding a teleconference for registered officials and coaches on Thursday, September 28, 2017 at 8:00 PM eastern standard time. Click the More... link below for details.

    Please note you must be registered for the 2017-18 NCAA Wrestling season to access the teleconference information.

  • 9/14/2017

    The "2017-18 NCAA Wrestling Rules Presentation (Eligibility Requirement)," which is required for postseason consideration, is now available through October 19 at 5pm ET.  Please follow the instructions below to view the clinic.  You must be registered for the 2017-18 season to view the clinic.

    After reading all instructions, click the link below to be taken to your Eligibility Center.  In your Eligibility Center, click "View Clinic.”  After viewing the clinic in its entirety, including the "Thanks for watching!" completion slide, you will have the option to print your certificate of completion from your screen after closing your browser tab.  A copy will also be emailed to you. 

    Please allow 24 hours for your status to show as complete (green checkmark and completion date) in your Eligibility Center.  After viewing the clinic once for eligibility, you may return to your Eligibility Center and click "Review Clinic" if you'd like to view it again.


  • 8/30/2017

    Officials, the 2017-18 college wrestling season promises to be interesting and exciting.

    Chuck Barbee, Secretary-Rules Editor, and Ashlee Follis, from the NCAA Wrestling Rules Committee, have produced an excellent, concise, and clear 2017-18 Rule Book.  The case book, or known previously as the WI section of the Rule Book, can be accessed online at the NCAA website, or on Arbiter this Friday, September 1st.

    Officials, your registration information from the 2016-17 season is deleted from the Arbiter site effective this Thursday, August 31st

    In addition, the ArbiterMobile app is now available at no cost to NCAA registered officials. To download the app, please complete this season's officials' registration, and then click here to read ArbiterMobile FAQs.

    As you plan and prepare for the upcoming season, please note the following key dates:

    · September 1 -1st day to register on Arbiter for the 2017-18 season

    · September 10 – Southern Conference Officials Association Clinic in Spartensburg, SC - Contacts:  Brian Manzi or Fred Ambrose

    · September 18 – Officials test posted on Arbiter

    · September 23 – BIG 10, MAC, BIG 12 Officials Clinic in Chicago, IL - Contact:  Mike Allen

    · September 24– MSWOA Officials Clinic in Perrysburg, OH - Contact:  Fred Feeney

    · October 1– EWL Officials Clinic in Pitt-Johnstown - Contacts:  Fred Ambrose or Nate Chatman

    · October 6 – ICWOA Officials Clinic in Blue Springs, MO - Contacts:  Jeron Quincy, Mike Hagerty or Mike Allen

    · October 15 – EIWA Officials Clinic at Lehigh University  - Contacts:  Jake Llelewyn or Greg Strobel

    · October 19– Final day to take 2017-18 Officials Test.  Deadline is 5:00pm (EST).  NO EXCEPTIONS!

  • 2/15/2017


    With the postseason taking place over the next five weeks, please review the following Points of Emphasis.

    Tim Shiels
    National Coordinator of Wrestling Officials

  • 12/31/2016
    The following scenarios have occurred at dual meets and tournaments during the first six weeks of the season.  Some of the situations have been called correctly, and some have not.  Please take a moment to review, and ask yourself, “did I know the correct ruling, and would I have made the proper call?”  The correct answers and explanations will be posted Monday, December 19th. 
  • 11/17/2016


    The first few weeks of the season have gone by without many controversies, and issues.  Let’s take a quick review of the positives, and address areas of concern that we need to improve upon, moving forward.

    Rule 5.9.2

    Wrestlers have been doing a great job of staying on the mat in the neutral position, we have very few stoppages, and officials have been more consistent with making the proper call of “Action, Backing Out” or “Pushing Out”.  Officials, make certain you’re signaling the call, and verbalizing which call you’ve made.


    Officials, this being the second year of Rule 5.9.2, we need to continue to recognize traditional stalling in the neutral position, and in all areas of wrestling.  I’ve seen improvement in the early season, and you’ve  been warning the wrestler who is defensive or playing the edge, and doing a better job of awarding the wrestler who is being the aggressor and making the legitimate takedown attempts.

    Areas to Improve Upon

    5.6 – Flagrant Misconduct

    The highest incidents of Flagrant calls come early in the season at Open Tournaments.  Officials, these can be long days for everyone, yet it is imperative that we understand the severity of the Flagrant Misconduct call.

    Remember, a Flagrant Misconduct call takes that wrestler out of their next event!  If the call is warranted, make it, but we also need to do a better job of preventive officiating.  Verbalize to the wrestlers that we’re going to wrestle within the rules.  Penalize for unsportsmanlike or for unnecessary roughness early.  Set the tone, and take control of the bout.  This will help diffuse situations before they become flagrant.

    5.18 – Interlocking Fingers

    Officials, when you see interlocking fingers, verbalize to the wrestlers to release the lock.  If they fail to release the lock after 1-2 seconds of reaction time, call stalemate.  After making the stalemate call, make it very clear to each wrestler that if you have to make another stoppage for interlocking fingers, one or both of them will be warned for staling.  Following this sequence will help reduce the repeated use of interlocking fingers.

    Officials and coaches, please email me with both the great things you see happening in our sport and with your concerns.  Let’s continue to work together to make the 2016-17 wrestling season our best ever!

    Tim Shiels
    National Coordinator of Wrestling Officials

  • 8/31/2016

    Welcome to the 2016-17 NCAA wrestling season.  By registering with the NCAA, you have taken the first step of many that indicates your commitment to NCAA wrestling officiating.

    We are committed to providing you with the most up-to-date information to prepare you for your season.  The “Center Mat” Central Hub will provide the most current officiating information, rules and interpretations, online exam and training videos.

    The welcome packet includes flip disks, a special offer from Cliff Keen Athletic for 20-percent off your next equipment order at, and the 2015-16 and 2016-17 NCAA Wrestling Rules and Interpretations Book.

    We are committed to providing officials with the resources needed to improve performance and promote consistency throughout the country at every level.

    We sincerely thank you for your time, effort, and commitment to the sport of wrestling.

    Have a great season!

    Tim Shiels
    National Coordinator of Wrestling Officials

  • 12/14/2015



    It’s been an exciting and interesting past five weeks observing and evaluating officials.  Coaches and wrestlers have made adjustments to a number of the new rules put forth for the 2015-16 season.

    To the coaches:  I can understand your frustration at times, yet you have demonstrated great patience. I appreciate our shared and universal belief that wrestlers need to make every effort to stay on the mat (Rule 5.9.2), and, that a 1 second hold when starting wrestlers on the mat is helping both wrestlers receive a fair start (Rule 2.1.3).  Thank you!

    To the officials: My appreciation and gratitude to those of you who have been consistently making the proper calls and adjustments (even when being criticized); continue to do so and keep up the good work! Additionally, I’d like to point out some trends I and many evaluators throughout the country have observed.  

    We need to address and improve on the following; understandably, when the season kicked-off on November 1st, officials had a lot of new rules to look for:  

    1. Making 1 of 3 calls when the wrestlers went out of bounds in the neutral position.

    2. Holding for a 1-second or longer pause when starting wrestling on the mat.

    3. Interlocking fingers.

    4. The new 4-point near fall criteria.


    In focusing on these new rules, in many cases we simply did not call stalling on the wrestler who consistently backed out, was defensive, or, award the aggressive wrestler who had made 3-4 unanswered quality takedown attempts, and not call stalling on his opponent. Make The Stall Call.  This is clearly defined on page 52 of the Rule Book under 5.9: Stalling.

    Let’s also remember the intent of Rule 5.9.2 is for wrestlers to make every effort to stay on the mat. If you’ve warned a wrestler for stalling in the neutral position and that wrestler has clearly backed off the mat 10 seconds later, then Make The Stall Call.  Award his opponent the 1 point for the second stalling call.  I know that in previous years, we would almost never call a wrestler for 2 stall calls in a 10 second span.  Yet, by rule, it is imperative the call is made when warranted.

    Holding for a 1 Second or Longer Pause:

    In the past 5 weeks, officials and wrestlers have made great strides in holding for 1 second or longer when starting wrestling on the mat.  Officials, you’ve done an excellent job of getting yourself set and staying motionless.  This has greatly reduced the number of false starts.  However, later in tournaments and duals, the 1 second pause, and (in many cases) clearly calling the second set has become less frequent.  Hold For 1 Second and make certain both “sets” are clearly announced.

    Officials, thank you for your hard work.  In working together, I know we will continue to make great strides.


    Tim Shiels
    National Coordinator of Officials

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