has an athletic or activities association that sets the guidelines for interscholastic competition. These associations
also have the procedures for becoming an official. Typically to become a wrestling official you'll need to join the
State Association, possibly join a local association, be a high school graduate, pass an annual exam, attend a annual rules
update meeting and attend any training sessions that the state or local association requires.
Click here to find your State's Association
State and Local Wrestling Officials Associations (Updated May 7, 2012)
Wrestling Refereeing for Begineers by Jim Woolnough
Begininning in 2013, officials desiring to be NCAA
certified must attend an in-person clinic each year and pass an exam (on-line) by scoring 85% or higher. The exam and clinic
must usually be complete by the end October every year. This will put you on the NCAA certified officials list.
Coaches must hire officials off this list or face sanctions by the NCAA. Officials should contact a local
association to work out assignments and scheduling and association specific training and certification requirements.
In addition, NCAA Officials must register with ArbiterSports ($100 fee) at: http://ncaawrestling.arbitersports.com/
Another angle is to join the National Colligate Wrestling Officials Association (NCWA). This group focuses on the many college wrestling clubs throughout the country.
Click here to join the NCWA
College Wrestling Officials Associations
USA Wrestling is the national governing body for International wrestling within the United States. Being licensed with the United States Wrestling Officials Association (USWOA) allows
you to officiate Free-Style (Men & Womens) and Greco-Roman wrestling. Dues are paid annually and you'll receive
a stamp for your license book and the current rules. You can become a pairings official through the USWOA.
2014 USA Wrestling Application
RENEWALS: Click here for instructions to be a 2014 USA Wrestling official. Note: All officials are required to undergo a background
check every two years.
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