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  • 9/18/2018

    Thank you for registering as an NCAA Men's Wrestling Official on Center Mat!  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.

  • 9/11/2018

    I know that each of you are excited to get things started for the 2018-19 season.  My goal for the upcoming year is to continue to communicate rules interpretations in a clear, timely and consistent manner.  It is my hope that this clarity and consistency will continue to aid in the equal application of our rules across the country.  I know that each of you are committed to the enhancement of the sport of wrestling and I thank you for your dedication and professionalism. 

    As in past years I have developed a Secretary-Rules Editor rules interpretation video that is required viewing by all registered referees.  To view this video you will need to click on the Eligibility tab.  Once completed you may access the referee’s examination by clicking on the Testing tab anytime after 8 a.m. Friday, September 14.  If you are not a referee, you may view the "Non-Eligibility" version of the video by clicking the Videos tab.

    In order to properly prepare for the certification exam, and to function effectively throughout the season, you will need to access the 2017-18 and 2018-19 Rules Book and also the 2017-18 and 2018-19 Case Book, which can be found inside the Rules Book tab.  The exam will close at 5 p.m. Eastern Time on Friday October 19, 2018.  You will be able to review your examination after the October 19 closing date.  Also, shortly after the exam closes I will post the top five most frequently missed rules examination questions.

    Throughout the season if you have rules interpretation questions please do not hesitate to contact me at  Thanks again and have a great Season.

    Chuck Barbee
    Secretary-Rules Editor &
    Weight Management Liaison

  • 8/24/2018

    As the 2018-19 wrestling season approaches, this is to let you know that the Wrestling Officiating Center Mat Central Hub will open for registration September 10. Please know that the registration fee for 2018-19 is $150 (DI) and $120 (DII and DIII), which is an increase from last season. As a reminder, per Rule 7.1.1, all referees are required to register on Center Mat in order to officiate regular season competition and to be considered for postseason assignment. You will receive an email notification on September 10 when registration officially opens.

    Thank you for your past interest in registering as an NCAA wrestling referee, and we look forward to the upcoming season.

    Tim Shiels
    Wrestling National Coordinator of Officials

  • 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 29th-30th – 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.

  • 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 

  • 2/2/2018

    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. 

  • 1/11/2018

    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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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

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