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Few athletes can match the intensity that wrestlers bring to the mat. As a wrestling official, you’re expected to bring that same intensity to your craft. That means knowing not only the rules but also the mechanics for applying them. Officiating Wrestling breaks down the mechanics of officiating the sport to ensure that you’re in the right place at the right time to make the right call.
Based on officiating mechanics devised and endorsed by the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS), Officiating Wrestling is the definitive guide for new and experienced high school wrestling officials. Included are guidelines for what’s expected of you as a wrestling official, officiating procedures and responsibilities, pre- and postmatch duties, and equipment and safety regulations.
Several chapters are dedicated to mechanics, supported by more than 100 photos and illustrations showing positioning, mechanics, and signals. Real-life cases demonstrate correct rulings, point out common officiating errors and how to avoid them, and challenge you to make the right call in match situations. A glossary of key wrestling terms is also included. Officiating Wrestling is not a rules book--it's a practical resource for implementing correct mechanics as developed and approved by the NFHS.
An added bonus is a special section explaining freestyle for both men and women, as well as Greco-Roman, and the differences between these styles and folkstyle wrestling.
Part I Officiating Wrestling Basics
Chapter 1. Introduction to Officiating Wrestling
Chapter 2. Meet Responsibilities and Procedures
Part II Officiating Wrestling Mechanics
Chapter 3. Match Calls and Responsibilities
Chapter 4. Enforcing Infractions
Part III Applying the Rules
Chapter 5. Weight Certification, Weigh-In and Equipment
Chapter 6. Definitions and Match Conduct
Chapter 7. Infractions, Penalties and Injuries
Chapter 8. Tournament Scoring and Conduct
Part IV Greco-Roman and Freestyle Wrestling
Chapter 9. Introduction to Greco-Roman and Freestyle Wrestling
Chapter 10. Officials’ Duties
Chapter 11. Competition
Officiating Wrestling was written by the American Sport Education Program (ASEP) in cooperation with the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS). Based in Indianapolis, the NFHS is the rules authority for high school sports in the United States. Hundreds of thousands of officials nationwide and worldwide rely on the NFHS for officiating guidance. ASEP is a division of Human Kinetics, based in Champaign, Illinois, and has been a world leader in providing educational courses and resources to professional and volunteer coaches, officials, parents, and sport administrators for more than 25 years. ASEP and NFHS have teamed up to offer courses for high school officials through the NFHS Officials Education Program.