Rule 3-1-13: The referee’s duties during injury, blood
or recovery time outs were addressed in a change to rule
3-1-13. Rather than having the referee hovering near an
injured, bleeding or recovering wrestler and coach, the referee
should be near the scorer’s table to monitor the time
remaining. With one minute and again with 30 seconds remaining,
the referee should inform the coach and / or wrestler.
Suggested Mechanics: Start the injury
clock by use of the correct signal. Then go to the table and if
a hand held clock is being used you can take the clock in hand
and position your self far enough away from the coach and
injured contestant, so as not to be hovering, but close enough
to be able to notify the coach of the time remaining in 30
second intervals. You must also be close enough so that when the
injured contestant is prepared to wrestle you will be able to
turn off the injury clock in a timely manner. At that time you
will request that the wrestlers return to the center of the
mat. Notify the time keeper of the amount of injury time used.
Have the score keeper log in the time used on the score sheet.
If large wall or free standing clocks are
being used, you will need to modify your mechanics; however,
your position relative to the coach and contestant will remain
Rule 5-9-2 f, g, h, i:
Awarding additional points in near fall situations
will be easier this season thanks to an adjustment to Rules
5-9-2. The change was approved by the NFHS Wrestling Rules
Committee. If the referee is holding three near fall points and
the defensive wrestler bleeds or "cries out" a three-point near
fall plus one point for stopping the match shall be awarded.
This will be recorded N4 in the score book.
If the referee
is holding two near fall points and the defensive wrestler
bleeds or "cries out" a two-point near fall plus one point for
stopping the match shall be awarded. This will be recorded N3
in the score book.
(Rule 5-9-2i indicates the appropriate penalty points will also
be awarded to f, g and h). Should the injury occur just
as the defensive wrestler is brought into criteria but the
referee is not holding near fall points, a two-point near fall
will be awarded. No point for stoppage of the match.
The offensive wrestler leads the match, 2-0, and has the
defensive wrestler on his back. The defensive wrestler cries
out, indicating an injury. That declaration occurs (a) when the
defensive wrestler has been brought into criteria; (b) after
criteria for a two-point near fall has been met, or (c) after
criteria for a three-point near fall has been met.
The referee should stop the match in all cases. In (a), the
offensive wrestler is awarded a two- point near fall. When
wrestling resumes, the score will be 4-0. In (b), a three- point
near fall is awarded. When wrestling resumes, the score will be
5-0. In (c), the offensive wrestler is awarded a four-point near
fall. When wrestling resumes, the score will be 6-0.
If bleeding or a injury occurs or the wrestler gives the
indication of an injury, just prior to near fall criteria being
met and in the referees judgment the near fall was imminent a 2
point near fall would be awarded.
Situation 2: The offensive wrestler leads the match, 2-0,
and has the defensive wrestler on his back. The defensive
wrestler curses. That occurs (a) when the defensive wrestler has
been brought into criteria; (b) after criteria for a two-point
near fall has been met, or (c) after criteria for a three-point
near fall has been met.
Ruling: The referee should not stop the match
unless there is concern for the safety of either wrestler.
Wrestling should be allowed to continue to afford the offensive
wrestler the opportunity to secure a fall or additional
near-fall points. When action is stopped (a) the offensive
wrestler is awarded a two-point near fall (5-9-2f). In (b) a
three-point near fall is awarded (5-9-2g). In (c) the offensive
wrestler is awarded a four-point near fall (5-9-2h). In (a), (b)
and (c) an additional point for unsportsmanlike conduct will be
awarded (5-9-2i). NOTE: Should the cursing act be construed as a
flagrant act the violator shall be ejected immediately and his
team score will have a two-point deduction.
If the defensive wrestler bleeds or "cries
out," just as the defensive wrestler is brought into criteria
but the referee is not holding near fall points, a two-point
near fall will be awarded, and no point for stoppage of the
match. If the referee is holding near fall points and the
defensive wrestler bleeds or "cries out," the near fall points
plus one point for stopping the match shall be awarded.
Also we have added technical violations to
the list of infractions covered under rule 5-9-2i.
Rule 5-13-2: The word “hands” have
been added to include supporting points.
Rule 5-18-5: Offensive wrestler may
put a foot behind the defensive wrestler feet. Last year the
word “may” was erroneously replaced with shall.
Rule 8-1-5 and 6-6-6: Two
sportsmanship- related rule changes were adopted by the NFHS
Wrestling Rules Committee.
Changes to Rules 7-3-7, 7-5-3 and 8-1-1, deal with conduct of a
wrestler. If a wrestler reports to the mat not properly equipped
or prepared to wrestle, it will be considered a technical
violation and the penalty will be charged to the wrestler.
In the past, the penalty was considered unsportsmanlike conduct.
The wrestler's coach was penalized; if two violations occurred,
the coach was ejected. By changing the rule, the committee
believes the penalty is charged to the proper party.
An increased penalty for misconduct by a coach was also
approved. The rule affected was Rule 6-6- 6. The penalty for a
coach who has been ejected for misconduct has been increased
from the deduction of one team point to a two-point deduction.
The committee hopes that the increased penalty will improve
conduct by coaches.
When a coach is
ejected for misconduct, two points are deducted from his team's
score. That is a change for 2004-05. The reference for the new
rule is 6-6-6.
sequence: 1st offense warning, 2nd
offense deduct one team point, 3rd offense deduct 2
team points and removal from the premises for the remainder of
the day. At the end of the penalty sequence 3 team points will
have been deducted.
Penalties for coach’s misconduct start a new each day, of a
multiple day event.
The penalty for
a second unsportsmanlike conduct against a coach or non
participating team personal or a wrestler not during the match
has been increased to a two team point deduction.
sequence: 1st offense deduct one team point, 2nd
offense deduct two additional team points and removal from the
premises for the remainder of the event.
In New York,
removal from the premises for any of the above stated
infractions or flagrant misconduct also requires that the
offender not participate in the next scheduled event.
Rule 6-7-1: An addition to the rule
regarding tiebreaker scoring and a new scorebook symbol were
approved by the NFHS Wrestling Rules Committee.
The alteration to the tiebreaker scoring will appear in Rule
6-7-1. Actually, an omission in the rule regarding the final
score in a scoreless tiebreaker was filled. If no scoring occurs
in the 30- second tiebreaker, the offensive wrestler will be
declared the winner and 1 point added to his score.
Overtime ends with the wrestlers tied, 2-2. Neither wrestler
scores during the tiebreaker.
The offensive wrestler is declared the winner. The final score
is recorded as 3- 2 in favor of the offensive wrestler.
The new scoring symbol comes into play in that situation.
Scorers are to use "RO" to signify that one match point was
awarded to the wrestler who controls his opponent during the
Ruling 9-2-2: When determining the winning team by use
of the tie-breaking system a team point shall be added to the
prevailing team. The criterion used to break the tie shall be
Determining the winner of a dual meet was addressed in Rule
9-2-2 sub-sections b, f and n. Forfeits are included in the
number of matches won when determining the winner of a tied dual
meet. Sub-section f was amended to note that total match points
are considered when tabulating first-points scored. If the first
13 criteria do not determine a winner, a flip of the disk will
be conducted. The option of declaring the meet a tie has been
New scoring symbols:
RO (Ride Out), indicates the offensive
wrestler won by use of the tie-breaker.
CMw, indicates a Coaches Misconduct
Cm, Coach Misconduct.
Sw, Indicates a warning for stalling.
Signal Chart: A new signal for
starting a match has been added. Also, the signals for stopping
the match (1) and neutral position (6) have been modified.
Rule 8-2-5: Now states if a
Physician/Medical Staff determines a injured wrestler
should not continue, even though consciousness is not involved,
they shall not be overruled.
Rule 5: has been completely
Rule 2-1-1: The diagram has been
changed to show that if the optional restricted zone is used for
tournament competition a five foot safety area must still be
Rule 3-1-1: The referee is required
to have a black lanyard and whistle.
Rule 3-2-2f: When necessary, the
referee and assistant shall meet briefly on the edge of the mat
away from the wrestlers and coaches, near the scorer’s
table to discuss the point of disagreement.
Rule 6-6-2: The procedure for addressing specific errors
has been clarified and simplified. The passages involving
procedures if an error occurs in positioning wrestlers at the
start of the third period, giving the wrong wrestler the choice
of position or involving the second injury time-out have been
reworded and broken into sub-sections for ease of understanding.
Notes have been added to Rules 6-6-4B and 6-6-5B. It is the
coach's responsibility to know both the team score at the
conclusion of either a dual meet or tournament. Any discrepancy
must be reported within
the 30-minute time frame following the conclusion of the
dual meet or tournament. That restriction was deemed more
reasonable than the former 48-hour limit.
Advancement points in tournaments will only be awarded to a
wrestler who receives a bye in a round in which at least one
match is wrestled. Those changes appear in Rules 9-2-3a-b.
Another editorial change regarding tournaments involves Rule
10-2-8 specifies that all vacancies created in the tournament
pairing after the first round shall be scored as forfeits. There
was no mention in the old rule regarding the first round.
Rule 5, in its entirety, has also been reorganized to better
reflect definitions. Some items considered definitions have been
removed from various rules, but no changes in the definitions
Changes to NYSPHSAA
Honor Weigh-Ins for a school day, dual meet
wrestling matches are allowed; Honor Weigh-Ins for non-school
day, dual meet wrestling matches are not allowed and if one team
has school and the opponent does not have school on the day of a
dual meet, Honor Weigh-Ins are allowed. Each wrestler shall
make the scratch weight at the weigh-in to be conducted prior to
the school’s first scheduled academic instruction period on the
day of the match.
Beginning with the 2004-05 season, the
honor weigh-in must take place before the school’s first period
class, or the additional 3 lb allowance will not be granted.
Scoring: National Federation rules
will be followed. See 2004-05 Rules Book, page 41 “summary of
Tournament Bonus Points
Decision (+8 to 14)
The NYS rulebook states that wrestlers
receive a 2 lb allowance on Xmas day and a 1lb allowance when
schools have back to back competitions. 48 hours notice is
required to get the extra pound.
Under no circumstances may coaches agree
to grant an extra pound(s) with the following exceptions:
Dual meet: A team is scheduled for
back to back duals on two consecutive days. Team A informs Team
B that within 48 hours that they have a match the day before, so
both teams get an extra pound. Team A’s match the day before
the match with Team B is then cancelled (bad weather etc.). The
extra pound stands for the next day, even though Team A did not
wrestle back to back.
If a dual is cancelled on Day One (bad
weather etc.) and is then rescheduled for Day Two (the next
consecutive day), no additional pound is allowed.
Tournament: A tournament director
grants all the teams in the tournament an extra pound because
one of the teams entered is wrestling a dual the day before the
tournament. The dual the day before the tournament is cancelled
(bad weather, etc.). All teams in the tournament the next day
still get the extra pound.
Should a Sectional Chairman become aware of
two teams allowing an extra weight allowance for any other
reason, the teams and all of the wrestlers become ineligible.
The teams will both forfeit the dual and each individual
wrestler will receive a loss on their individual records. If
this was a tournament, all wrestlers from all teams become
ineligible and all receive a loss on their records.
Ineligible weight class: After a
dual is wrestled, it is found out that a team uses a wrestler at
a weight lower than his certified weight (or at a weight above
the State minimum weight: Ex. 80 pound wrestles at 96 and does
not meet the 88 pound minimum), the team forfeits the dual meet
and the wrestler takes a loss on his record. The won/loss
record of the other wrestler in a dual meet are not effected and
the results of their individual bouts stand.
Points of Emphasis
Stalling in the Tiebreaker :
sentence was deleted from rule 6-7-2 in 1998-99: "During the
tiebreaker stalling will be called when it is unquestionably
occurring." The rules committee made that change simply because
it has been one of the most misunderstood rules for officials to
follow. The tiebreaker situation is somewhat different from the
previous seven minutes of the match. The rules say that the
wrestler who scores the first point(s) during the tiebreaker
will be declared the winner. If no scoring occurs in 30 seconds,
the offensive wrestler will be declared the winner. If the
defensive wrestler escapes, he will be the winner of the
contest. If the offensive wrestler is able to control his
opponent for the 30-second period, he will be declared the
We should not
categorize controlled wrestling as stalling. While it is true
that the rules for stalling state that "while the contestant is
in the advantage position, he must wrestle aggressively and
attempt to secure a fall," if we have a contest that reaches the
tiebreaker we have already had seven minutes of wrestling.
Therefore, as long as the offensive wrestler is in a controlled
wrestling situation, he should not be called for stalling.
the offensive wrestler immediately grasps an ankle and is simply
hanging on, that is not controlled wrestling. In that situation,
the official should call a stalemate, stop the match and return
to the center of the mat. If the offensive wrestler continues
that maneuver, he should be called for stalling. That is only
one example of when stalling might be called.
Starts from the Neutral Position:
to address the starting position when the wrestlers are in the
neutral position (7-3-1).
need to be eliminated from this position because of potential
injury. That can best be accomplished by the referee being in
tight with wrestlers and not standing back several feet from
them. Normally when there is movement prior to the official
starting the match it is simply counted as a false start and
penalized accordingly. If, however, that false start results in
contact with the opponent and injury occurs either by hitting a
knee or and ankle, then the individual must also be charged with
unnecessary roughness if the official judged it unnecessary
develop into a major problem, but if the official will start the
contestants from a tight position, it will help to eliminate the
Hands with Referee or Opposing Coach:
does not prohibit the wrestler from shaking hands with the
referee during the end-of-match procedure or the opposing coach
after the end-of-match procedure. Since 1990, wrestlers have
been allowed, but not required, to shake hands with the referee
and/or the opposing coach after the end of each match if they so
choose. Rule 6-5-2 does not require wrestlers to shake hands
with the referee or the opposing coach at the end of each
match. The opposing coach can, but does not have to shake hands
with the opposing wrestler at the end of the match. More and
more sportsmanship issues have come about in recent years on the
hand shake between the wrestler and the opposing coach. If any
wrestler shakes the hand of the opposing wrestler, referee or
opposing coach in a negative fashion, they shall be penalized.
If a coach also shakes hands with an opposing wrestler in a
negative fashion, the coach shall be penalized. An act of
unsportsmanlike conduct is to be penalized whenever it occurs
regardless of the circumstances. Good sportsmanship in high
school wrestling should be a priority!
Set-ups. There has been a noticeable
increase in the use of a forceful head tap to set an opponent up
for a takedown. There is a fine line between a tap and the use
of a hand to jolt the opponent, forcibly slap the side of the
ear guards or even put a hand directly in the face of the
opponent. Unnecessary roughness includes any act that exceeds
normal aggressiveness. As a deterrent to that action, the
referee shall penalize the offending wrestler without
hesitation, when the force is deemed excessive. The determining
factor when the hand makes contact from the front should be that
the contact is made above the eyebrow or hairline and without
excessive force. Any contact against the side of the opponent's
head shall not be such that it jolts the wrestler's head.
determination (4-2-4, 8-2-5), If there is an on site
physician at the site of a dual meet or tournament, the on site
physician can overrule the diagnosis of a previous physician,
who had indicated, in writing, that an apparent skin condition
was not communicable.
There are some
physicians who sign the release form with a pre-emptive
statement such as, "Wrestler A will be cleared for competition
on January 22/1 during an office visit on January 17. While well
intentioned, that release is based on the healing process taking
place according to a subjective standard and assuming the
athlete takes required medications. An on- site meet physician,
looking at the progress of the skin infection, is better able to
make a sound judgment based on current facts.
Before the tournament weigh-in, the coach of Team C hands the
referee a physician's release form for his 140-pound wrestler.
During weigh-ins, as the referee verifies weight, nails and skin
condition, the referee suspects there may still be an active
skin condition. The referee asks the on-site meet physician to
examine the wrestler from Team C. The physician determines it is
still a communicable condition and does not allow the athlete to
compete. The coach of Team C protests.
The protest will not be upheld. The on-site meet physician has
the final determination. Even though a competent, respected
physician signed the original release form, the on-site
evaluation takes precedent. The athlete will not compete.
If a physician/medical staff person determines that an injured
wrestler should not continue, even though consciousness is not
involved, he or she shall not be overruled.
forfeit shall be scored 1-0; if the offended team is ahead,
the score stands (9-2-1e). Two years ago, a team that
was winning 35-0 would still have the win recorded as 1-0. Of
course, if the team is losing at the time the forfeit is
declared, then the score would be recorded as 1-0 in their
jurisdiction time of the referee will begin upon arrival at the
site (3-1-3). That is unchanged. The official's jurisdiction
concludes with the approval and signing of the scorebook in dual
meets, and when the referee signs the bout sheet following the
last match of the tournament. That change takes on added
importance as the time to correct errors is now measured from
the time that the official's jurisdiction ends or the posting of
team scores in a tournament.
The referee must indicate the completion time of the dual meet
in the score book.