The NFHS has approved a couple of changes to high school wrestling rules. The changes focus on changes in the definition of bad time and advancement of wrestlers in the consolation bracket.
In Rule 5-1-1 dealing with Bad Time in addition to previous language, the committee agreed that bad time is wrestled with the wrestlers in the wrong position or the wrong wrestler being given choice of position “at the start of the second 30-second tiebreaker” and “at the start of the ultimate tiebreaker.” The previous definition did not include situations where the wrong wrestler was given choice of position at the start of the second 30-second tiebreaker or the start of the ultimate tiebreaker.
Rule 10-2-9 previously addressed the protocol when two wrestlers in the championship bracket simultaneously could not continue the match but did not address a plan for advancement to the consolation bracket when points had been scored in the match. The additional language will state that if the match is tied at the time of termination, the wrestler who scored the first point(s) in the match (first three periods, or first or second 30-second tiebreaker) will in the consolation bracket. If no points were scored, neither wrestler will continue.
The following statistic was also given, wrestling was the sixth-most popular sport for boys at the high school level with 270,163 participants in 10,488 schools during the 2012-13 season, according to the NFHS Athletics Participation Survey. In addition, 8,727 girls were involved in wrestling in 1,602 high schools.
These rule changes will affect the CIF rule books as it is governed by rule changes the NFHS puts into effect.
Most of the language on this post was taken straight off the NFHS’ press release
with some omissions and changes wherever I saw suitable.