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USAW Rule Modifications

w/ USAW Folkstyle Modifications
This is the most up-to-date rules document on the planet.  We recommend you put a link to it on your electronic device for quick updated info.  This rule book can be printed for easy reference however, hyperlinks within the electronic version of the rulebook to videos assist in the explanation of the rules and rule changes.
NEW 2024 Rules PowerPoint Presentation.
This link provides a visual definition of the Freestyle and Greco rules.  You must DOWNLOAD the PowerPoint to view it on your computer using the above link. The presentation contains many embedded rule demonstration videos. This could take a good deal of time depending on your internet service,

USAW Dual Meet Competition Rules.  
Appendix C, Line 29 of the above rulebook

USAW Folkstyle Rules Addendum With Video Challenge Procedures adapted to Folkstyle
Item 25 of the above rulebook

The NFHS (National Federation of High School) rulebook governs Folkstyle competitions with the modifications listed in the above link. If you are looking for that rulebook it may be purchased on the NFHS website. USAW has no jurisdiction in that organization. 

This rules presentation is made to clarify the rules for the Parent-Coach that is new to "Folkstyle" Wrestling


2023-2024 Rule Book & Guide to Women’s Wrestling  for NCAA Institutions

2023-24_WWR_Coaches_Manual_ &  Rules Combined (NAIA)

Clarifications on Combined Women's Divisions Competitions​​​​​​​
   1. Host school rules will apply to the competitions
     2. NAIA athletes are not required to wear headgear at NCAA competitions



Ask The Ref

This link is for officials, coaches, and athletes to submit rules questions to Category I USWOA officials. Remember this is just one more point of view that is offered depending on the description of the action or rule interpretation. It is not an attempt to "second guess" the officials on the mat.  He/She may have had a completely different angle of view and perspective of the action.  We also invite the writer to submit short video clips of just the action in question either by attaching to this email account or by submitting a link to a YouTube video.   We are especially interested in "Kid" wrestling situations.      

CLICK HERE  to email a question to Ask The Ref