PLEASE READ CAREFULLY THE POLICIES BELOW BEFORE SIGNING UP FOR TOURNAMENTS. THIS POLICY WILL BE IN EFFECT FOR ALL REGIONAL AND NATIONAL COMPETITIONS BEGINNING COMPETITION YEAR 2017
Officials can expect to be given a stipend to help defer travel cost for attending the national tournaments listed below. Officials can also expect that these tournaments will provide lodging for all officials who properly sign up through the Where Are You Going link on the USWOA website. Let it be known that officials that sign up and decide not to attend will be sanctioned according to the “Recruitment and Retention” policy adopted by the state leaders. Officials should read and become familiar with this policy when attending tournaments in the future. It is unethical to sign up for tournaments and not attend without properly withdrawing your name from consideration for lodging and reimbursement.
Mat and Pairing officials,
Several members of the USWOA Board of Directors, USAW Staff and State Directors worked very hard on developing a policy of making sure that all working officials get housing and a stipend for national level tournaments. The plan is to expand this to Regional tournaments in 2017. It is a good policy but it has some stipulations.
#1 You must work the all the sessions of the tournament. Yes, we realize the are some exceptions because of personal commitments but it is your responsibility to notify the head official for that tournament. It also not a way for coach/officials to ref a few matches, spend most of the time coaching to expect a room and a share of the stipend.
#2 If you sign up for a tournament, the LOC makes room arrangements for you and you are a "no show" you can expect to be sanctioned and not receive a room a tournaments in the future. Yes, we again know that their can be extenuating circumstances but it is the officials responsibility to remove name from the tournament signup AND to notify the head official of your change of plans. This is to prevent the LOC from getting stuck with the expense of unused rooms. This is a simple being courteous and good practice.
If you wish to change flight times, arrival times, or other information. Or even more importantly, your plans have changed so that you will not be able to attend a tournament that you signed up for early in the season. Follow these steps:
If you wish officiate at a tournament and it is marked CLOSED that means the information has been sent to the tournament managers so that they can prepare for the tournament. If your plans change so that you can not attend or you still wish to go to the tournament, contact the USWOA Office to make changes to your registration for the closed tournament. USWOA@USAWrestling.org
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