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Girls Wrestling Has Grown Nationwide for 28 Consecutive Years, According to NFHS

Nationwide Participation

The NFHS (National Federation of State High School Associations) has released the results of its annual sports participation survey. And, once again, girls wrestling has had great growth in its participation numbers over the previous academic year. With 16,562 participating wrestlers this year, girls wrestling had a 13.5% increase as compared to last season’s 14,587. Girls wrestling moved ahead of girls dance (14,875 participants) moving up to the 18th spot in participation for girls. There is a good chance that wrestling could jump ahead of gymnastics this upcoming season; especially with Colorado (as a pilot program), … Read more

Rule Changes For The 2017-208 CIF Season

It’s the second week into the 2017-2018 CIF wrestling season and I’ve seen a few unhappy fans in regard to calls made by referees in near fall (or what spectators consider near fall) situations. Turns out there have been some rule changes that affect the awarding of near fall points this season. I know, I should have posted these rule changes well in advance of the season starting but, like most people, rule changes are the last thing I’m thinking about when the season is around the corner. Hopefully this post will clarify some things and we will be able … Read more

Girls Wrestling Participation Numbers Grow Again!

For the 27th consecutive year girls wrestling participation numbers have grown. This Year, 2,091 schools reported fielding girls wrestling teams. That’s 150 more schools than last year! A total of 14,587 girls participated (according to the Sports Participation survey responses received by the NFHS), an increase of 8.08% over last years 13,496. Out of 81 sports reported this year (3 more than last year), girls wrestling held on to the 19th spot, for a second year in a row, among girls sports.

On the home front, California’s participation numbers grew for a 7th year in a row, with 654 … Read more

2016-17 Season High School Rule Changes

A little behind on these rule changes but better late than never. In April the NFHS approved two rule changes to high school wrestling for the 2016-17 season.

Though the NFHS calls it a clarification, rule 5-11-2(i) will now read, “. . . when a defensive wrestler commits a technical violation, applies an illegal hold/maneuver, commits unnecessary roughness or unsportsmanlike act during an imminent or near fall situation, the offensive wrestler shall be awarded a penalty point(s) in addition to the near fall points in accordance with (subarticles) f-h at the next stoppage.”

Another “clarification” deals with the addition of … Read more

NFHS Approves High School Wrestling Rules Changes for 2014-15

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 … Read more

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