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February 17, 2011 - Clarification on a few scenarios that have occurred this year....
The offensive wrestler has a Ball and Chain, Arm Bar, Half Nelson, etc. some type of upper body pinning combination to use for scoring a Near Fall. The question is, “When does the Official give the NF points and what does the Offensive wrestler have to do to earn more NF points?”
After several conversations with the other State Interpreters and the NFHS, we are going to go back to the original way we have called it in the past and that is, the Offensive wrestler will not get the points until the hold is released and the defensive wrestler has the opportunity to recover…..once that happens, you should award the NF points and then the offensive wrestler can score again…….use this reasoning whether or not the wrestlers are still on the mat or come to a standing position. Once the wrestlers come to their feet and if the hold is not released, you are probably looking at a Potentially Dangerous situation, because the Defensive wrestler cannot protect himself going back down to the mat.
Keep in mind, that if the Offensive wrestler applies a hold and puts the Defensive wrester in NF criteria and gets a two count, the official will hold the two NF points until the hold is released and the Defensive wrestler recovers. If the hold is not released, the Offensive can put the wrestler in NF criteria again to get a five count for the three point NF…….in this situation, the Offensive wrestler only gets one set of NF points….so once the hold is released, the Official will award a three point NF.
Fleeing the Mat situations…….Fleeing the mat occurs when a wrestler leaves the mat to avoid being scored upon. This is generally very obvious and is a technical violation…it is not Stalling!.......if there is no contact between the two wrestlers, , stop the match, call the technical violation and award the other wrestler one point.
Same situation, but there is contact between the two wrestlers….example…a wrestler shots in for a Takedown and is able to get a hold of a leg and the other wrestler blatantly heads for the out of bounds…however, even though the other wrestler is out of bounds, the aggressive wrestler manages to keep hold of the leg and stay in bounds. In this situation, you could allow the wrestler who is in bounds to bring the out of bounds wrestler back in………if he fails to bring him back in, stop the match and award the Fleeing call…………also, in this situation, it would be possible for the aggressive wrestler to score a Takedown with his feet finishing in bounds and be awarded both Takedown and Fleeing points.
Once the weigh-in process starts, any attempt of a wrestler to make a quick weight loss (Running, spitting, working out, etc.) by an individual is prohibited, whether they are in the weigh-in room or holding room.
I hope this clears up some of these situations.
State Rules Interpreters
January 24, 2011 Bulletin - Alpha weight at Sectionals and mouth guard and braces
January 19, 2011 Bulletin - Situations, consistancy, and mechanics
January 6, 2011 Bulletin - Tournament Committee
December 15, 2010 Bulletin - Head Wrestling Official's duty list
December 14, 2010 Bulletin - Situation updates
December 1, 2010 Bulletin - Updates and information from the OWOA and OHSAA
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2009-10 NFHS Wrestling Rules PowerPoint
2009-10 Wrestling Rules Changes
1-2-1: In individually bracketed tournaments, the contestant representing a school shall be named by weight class prior to the conclusion of the weigh-in and no substitution is allowed after the conclusion of the weigh-in.
4-2-3: If a designated, on-site meet physician is present, the physician may examine a wrestler for a communicable skin disease or any other condition, either immediately prior to or immediately after the weigh-in.
4-5-3: Meet administrators now have the option to weigh-in contestants by weight class or team(s) in tournaments.
5-20-5 NOTE: In the offensive starting position, the offensive wrestler's head must be on or above the mid-line of the opponent's back and both wrestlers must become stationary.
9-2-2b, c NEW: Two new steps have been added to the dual-meet team tie-breaking system.
Editorial and Other Changes
3-1-4a; 3-1-7; 3-2-2a; 4-2-4; 4-5-2; 4-5-8; 5-1-3; 5-14-1, 2; 5-31-1; 6-6-5b1; 8-2-1 EXCEPTION g; 8-2-7; PHOTOS 10, 32-33, 59, 77 (NEW), 78, 85-86, 88; REFEREES' SIGNALS 4-7.
Five Changes Made in High School Wrestling Rules
INDIANAPOLIS, IN (May 4, 2009) - Five new rules changes for the 2009-10 wrestling season were approved by the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) Wrestling Rules Committee at its annual meeting last month in Indianapolis. These changes were subsequently approved by the NFHS Board of Directors.
"The main focus of the changes was clarifying some rules dealing with tournaments," said Bob Colgate, NFHS assistant director and liaison to the Wrestling Rules Committee. "One of the changes also dealt with improving sportsmanship, which is always a high priority with all NFHS rules."
Two steps were added in Rule 5-20-5Note to clarify the offensive starting position. As a part of the steps to assume the offensive starting position, the offensive wrestler's head must be on or above the opponent's spinal column, and both wrestlers must become stationary. The referee still must pause momentarily before blowing the whistle.
In Rule 9-2-2b and c, two new tie-breaker options for dual-meet competitions have been added as well. First, "The team whose opposing wrestlers or team personnel have been penalized the greater number of team point deductions shall be declared the winner." Second, "The team whose opposing wrestlers were penalized the greater number of match points for unsportsmanlike conduct during a match shall be declared the winner."
Colgate said this change eliminates the possibility of a team that has been penalized the greater number of points for coaches misconduct or any kind of unsportsmanlike conduct winning a dual meet in the event of a tie.
In Rule 1-2-1, the committee added: "In individually bracketed tournaments, the contestant representing a school shall be named by weight class prior to the conclusion of the weigh-in and no substitution is allowed after the conclusion of the weigh-in." The rule previously contradicted two other rules (4-5-6 and 10-2-1), but now all three guidelines are in concurrence.
The committee clarified, in Rule 4-2-3, that if a designated, on-site meet physician is present, he or she may examine a wrestler for communicable skin disease or any other condition, either immediately prior to or immediately after the weigh-in.
Another rule change provides tournament administrators the option to weigh-in by either weight class or teams to help with the organization at tournaments. The revised Rule 4-5-3 adds the following language: "Tournament weigh-in may proceed by team(s) with the lowest weight class to the highest and end immediately upon the completion of the highest weight class."
The 2009-10 points of emphasis include excessive celebrations; awarding near-fall points; legalities of scissors, draping scissors and Figure 4; and communicable disease.
New interpertation/clarification from OHSAA/NFHS
Preseason updates from NFHS
Preseason NFHS Rule changes for 2008-2009
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Preseason Interpretations and Updates from the NHFS & the OHSAA Top of the Page
Publisher's Note: The National Federation of State High School Associations is the only source of official high school interpretations. They do not set aside nor modify any rule. They are made and published by the NFHS in response to situations presented.
Robert F. Kanaby, Publisher, NFHS Publications 2008
Revisions/Clarifications to Case Book: (Underlining shows additions; strikethrough shows deletions.);
Page 10, 3.1.4 SITUATION: RULING...The head coach of Wrestler A has a team point deducted for unsportsmanlike conduct as he has already verified that all of his wrestlers are properly equipped and ready to wrestle. (5-31-1; 7-3-6)
Pages 11-12, 4.1.1 SITUATION B: RULING...and Wrestler B is awarded a match point. and the head coach of Team A is also penalized for unsportsmanlike conduct. ...(1-2-7; 5-31-1; 7-5-3; 8-1-1)
Page 12, 4.1.1 SITUATION C: RULING...Wrestler B is awarded two match points. and the head coach of A is also penalized for unsportsmanlike conduct. (1-2-7; 5-31-1; 7-4-2; 8-1-1)
Page 18, 4.3.3 SITUATION: RULING...The head coach of Wrestler A is also penalized for unsportsmanlike conduct ...
Page 42, 6.6.6 SITUATION H: RULING...An injury time-out is also charged to the wrestler in order to correct what is needed. and the head coach is penalized. ...
Pages 48-49, 7.4.2 SITUATION B: RULING...and the team would receive a three two â€“point deduction. ...
Page 53, 8.1.1 SITUATION B: RULING...The head coach is also penalized for unsportsmanlike conduct and one team point is deducted from his or her team score. ...
SITUATION 1: A designated, on-site meet physician examines a wrestler with a skin problem. The wrestler has a proper form from a personal physician that states that he/she would not be contagious in two more days and cannot compete until then. The designated, on-site meet physician rules that the wrestler may compete immediately. May the designated, on-site meet physician make that ruling? RULING: The designated, on-site meet physician may overrule both a form allowing participation or one not allowing participation. A current examination is considered more accurate than one done previously. (4-2-3, 4)
SITUATION 2: A wrestler steps on the scale when the 125-pound weight class is called. This wrestler weighs 125.3 pounds. Where may this wrestler compete for this event assuming that there is no weight allowance due to growth or consecutive days of competition and also is following his/her weight management plan? RULING: This wrestler is eligible for both the 130- and 135-pound weight classes based on NFHS rules. This wrestler's actual stripped weight will be recorded when he/she steps on the scale at the 125-pound weigh-in. This wrestler will not weigh-in again to be eligible for the two weight classes allowed by the actual stripped weight. COMMENT: Each member state association's wrestling weight management program may be more restrictive and, in turn, may not allow a wrestler to move up a weight class because of its individual wrestling weight management plan. (1-2-5; 1-3; 4-4-2)
SITUATION 3: The head coach is penalized a second time for unsportsmanlike conduct on the first day of a three-day tournament. What is the penalty? RULING: The head coach is to be removed from the premises immediately on the second penalty and two team points will be deducted. The head coach is removed for the remainder of the three-day tournament. COMMENT: If the head coach is the only coach for this team at this tournament, the meet management should check with the respective state association to determine what rules, policies or procedures it has in place to deal with a head coach who has been ejected, leaving the team without another individual present to coach the team.
SITUATION 4: (a) Wrestler A reports to the scorer's table not properly equipped and not ready to wrestle; or (b) Wrestler A reports to the scorer's table and is properly equipped and then goes back to his/her coach in the corner; or (c) Wrestler A has reported properly to the scorer's table and then reports to the wrestling area on the mat and then returns to his/her coach in the corner. RULING: In (a), Wrestler A is not properly equipped and he/she will be sent back to the coach and penalized with a technical violation and a match point will be awarded to the opponent. Wrestler A will also be charged an injury time-out and will have 1½ minutes of injury time in order to become properly equipped and ready to wrestle. In (b), Wrestler A is delaying the match and shall be penalized for stalling, and a warning will be issued the first time. In (c), Wrestler A is penalized for leaving the wrestling area without the referee's permission, which is a technical violation and a match point is awarded to the opponent. COMMENT: A match begins when the proper wrestler reports to the scorer's table in dual matches and tournaments until the conclusion of wrestling. The proper wrestler is required to report to the scorer's table ready to wrestle, and then immediately report to the center of the mat and not go back to his/her corner. In some tournaments, one wrestler such as the one in the top of the bracket, is asked to pick up the bout sheet and deliver it to the scorer's table. This delivery would not be considered reporting to the scorer's table for purposes of determining ready to wrestle. (5-18-2; 7-3-4; 7-3-6; 7-6-6b)
(As of October 14, 2008)
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2-2-2: A clarification was made of the existence of a boundary for the coaches' restricted zone on the corner of the wrestling mat.
4-1-5 NEW: The wrestler's uniform is to be worn as intended/designed by the manufacturer.
4-2-1: A wrestler's hair in its natural state, in the front, shall not extend below the eyebrows.
4-2-3: The physician's release form for a wrestler to participate with a particular skin condition is now to be presented at the weigh-in unless a designated, on-site meet physician is present and is able to examine the wrestler immediately after the weigh-in.
4-2-5 NEW: A contestant may have documentation from a physician only indicating a specific condition such as a birthmark or other non-communicable skin conditions such as psoriasis and eczema, and that documentation is valid for the duration of the season. It is valid with the understanding that a chronic condition could become secondarily infected and may require re-evaluation.
4-5-5: A one-pound weight allowance was added in the event of a school closing due to inclement weather or unforeseen circumstances, where wrestling practice(s) cannot take place due to school policies. The rule change also makes it clear as to who should be notified when weight allowance is justified.
5-1-4; 6-6-1: Previously, the wrong wrestler being given choice in the first 30-second tiebreaker would have been considered bad time. Both situations under Rules 5-1-4 and 6-6-1 are similar and may now be connected equally. The rules now state what exactly takes place in the third period.
5-15-3: The referee now has the option at the edge of the mat to stop wrestling when no action is taking place without penalizing either wrestler and restart the wrestling in the center of the mat.
5-20-5 NOTE NEW: Nothing has changed in the offensive starting position. There is now a time sequence to follow.
5-25-6c NEW; 7-6-6c NEW: Referees now have rules support for a stalling call against a wrestler who repeatedly creates a stalemate situation to simply prevent his/her opponent from scoring and not from his/her own attempt to score.
5-31-1: The head coach will no longer be penalized for unsportsmanlike conduct when his/her wrestlers report to the scorer's table not in proper uniform, not properly groomed, not properly equipped or not ready to wrestle.
6-7-1c6: The wrestler whose opponent has been penalized for unsportsmanlike conduct at anytime during the match now gets the choice of position for the ultimate tiebreaker. The unsportsmanlike conduct penalty will supersede the first points scored in the regulation match.
7-1-5w NEW: A back flip from the standing position is now an illegal maneuver.
7-4-1: Unnecessary roughness is further defined to include a forceful slap to the head or face, and/or gouging or poking the eyes.
New Referee Signal: A new referee signal has been implemented to indicate when to start recovery time during a match.
Editorial and Other Changes
3-3-2; 4-2-4; 5-15-2b; 5-16-3; 5-22-1; 5-28-1; 6-2-2; 6-6-6; 7-4-3; 8-1-6; 8-2-1; 8-2-8; PHOTOS 2, 3 (New), 31-33 (New), 57 (New), 84, 89.
Points of Emphasis
1. Grooming and Medical Checks
2. Reporting to the Scorer's Table Ready to Wrestle
3. Going Out of the Wrestling Area
4. Referees' Signals and Mechanics
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