Officials Pre-Meet Duties
NFHS Wrestling Rules Meeting
October 1, 2003
Minnesota State High School League
Pre-meet Duties During Weigh-ins
Arrive early enough to dress and
introduce yourself to both coaches and game administrator.
Clarify new rule changes and rules
Handle weigh-ins per NHFS
Announce that all participants of
the same gender must be in the weigh-in area.
Once the weigh-in starts no one
may leave the area until weigh-ins are concluded.
All wrestlers must address the
scale when their weight class is called.
Check hair, fingernails, and skin
If there is a wrestler of the
opposite gender make sure there is an area and weigh master to weigh that
wrestler in. Instruct the weigh master on the weigh-in procedures (check for
skin conditions, hair, nails and the rules for weighing in.)
Determine the random order of
matches with coaches present.
Pre-meet Duties Prior to Competition
Ask coach to verify that the team
is groomed, properly equipped, and ready to wrestle. (Penalty is unsportsmanlike
Clarify new rule changes and rule
Remind coaches they are restricted
to the team bench during the match, except during a charged time out, at the end
of a match, or a conference with official at the head table.
Remind Coaches they are to
approach the head table if they desire a conference with the official.
If they question a ruling, there
is one of two things will happen:
Change the call
Warn them for misconduct.
– If they question a judgment call they will
receive a warning for misconduct.
Stress sportsmanship and end of
match handshake to coaches and wrestlers.
Remind wrestlers and coaches of
the procedure for reporting to head table when called by the official.
Inform coaches and wrestlers how
you call things, such as: stalling, starting procedures, fleeing the mat, out of
bounds situations, etc.
Check wrestlers for:
Presence of oils or greasy
Improper clothing or uniform
(t-shirts, tights without stirrups, Bermuda length shorts, etc.)
Grooming (facial hair, hair
length, fingernails) if not done during weigh-ins.
Shoe laces are secured
Check all equipment to make sure
it is legal.
Supplementary equipment worn by
Inspect mat area (proper size,
markings, safety area)
Review signals and procedures to
be used with scorer and timer and their responsibilities.
Introduce yourself to game
Do not visit with spectators.
Conduct yourself in a business-like manner.