Wrestling Comments on the Rules - 2018-19

By on October 22, 2018 wrestling Print

Clarified the Criteria for an Additional Manufacturer's Logo and Promotional Marking (4-1-2) — Additional logos, trademarks and promotional markings are frequently being applied to the wrestling uniform. This rule allows for minimal disruption of the sanctity of the wrestling uniform and attempts to prevent the exploitation of students.

Allowance of Low-Cut Socks During Weigh-in (4-5-7) — Feet are typically not inspected during a normal skin check. The wearing of low-cut socks will give contestants an option to prevent the spreading of athlete's foot and other foot infections. The wrestlers will not be able to add or remove the socks if they do not make weight.

Modified the Definition of an Escape (5-10) — This rule defines what an escape is in conjunction with the new definition of supporting points. This simplifies the explanation with any combination of two supporting points of either wrestler considered inbounds. No wrestling action at the edge of the mat will result in the referee stopping the match.

Modified the Definition of Supporting Points (5-15-1, 5-15-2, 5-15-3) — This rule removes the subjectivity in the out-of-bounds call without increasing the out-of-bounds area. In addition, it assists the referee's call of out of bounds more consistently. Changing the knees to knee(s) is consistent with sub-article 5-15-2a(4). The removal of "majority of weight" criteria will aid the referee in focusing on the supporting points that are inbounds instead of what is out of bounds. This simplifies the determination with any combination of two supporting points being considered inbounds. The modification clearly defines the offensive wrestler's supporting points in a pinning situation. No wrestling action at the edge of the mat will result in the referee stopping the match.

Modified the Definition of Out of Bounds (5-18) — This rule removes the subjectivity in the out-of-bounds call without increasing the out-of-bounds area. It also assists the referees to call out of bounds more consistently. The removal of the "majority of weight" criteria will aid the referee in focusing on inbounds and out of bounds, rather than trying to make a judgment on weight-bearing extremities. This simplifies the determination with any combination of two supporting points being considered inbounds.

Modified the Definition of a Reversal (5-22-1, 5-22-2) — This rule defines what a reversal is in conjunction with the new definition of supporting points. This simplifies the explanation with any combination of two supporting points of either wrestler being considered inbounds. No wrestling action at the edge of the mat will result in the referee stopping the match.

Modified the Definition of Stalling in the Neutral Position (5-24-3e) — The addition of these two criteria has contributed to keeping the action within the boundary lines at different positions. This modification of stalling in the neutral position has made the stalling call an easier call for the official with definitive language as a guide.

Modified the Definition of a Takedown (5-25-1, 5-25-3) — This rule defines what a takedown is in conjunction with the new definition of supporting points. This simplifies the explanation with any combination of two supporting points of either wrestler being considered inbounds.

Clarified the Definition of a Recovery Time-out (5-28-3) — Clarification that if a wrestler is injured because of the opponent's false start in the neutral position, then the injured wrestler should be accommodated with recovery time as part of the existing criteria.

Clarified that the Application of a Hold/Maneuver is Illegal (7-1-5q) — Clarified that the application of the back bow maneuver is illegal.

Modified that a Specific Maneuver is Not Allowed (7-1-5y) — Modified that the Nelson- Cradle is an illegal hold/maneuver. The Nelson-Cradle is a combination made up of a half nelson on one side with a locked cradle from around the neck with the far side knee. The crotch of the knee acts as the other arm (arm pit) to complete the full nelson pressure on the neck and throat. Also, the action occurring on the lower spine as the knee is brought up near the head is dangerous. When the move is finished the offensive wrestler can either roll it over or draw it backward.

Clarified Another Example of Unsportsmanlike Conduct (7-4-2) — Repeatedly dropping to one hand to force an opponent to break locked hands happens just as often as repeatedly dropping to one knee. There is no difference between the two acts. This has been enforced by many officials without proper rule coverage. This conduct is now being addressed in the rules book.

Clarified the Accommodation of Time to an Injured Wrestler (8-2-2) — Clarification that if a wrestler is injured because of the opponent's false start in the neutral position, then the injured wrestler should be accommodated with recovery time as part of the existing criteria.