Rule Changes for the 2019-2020 Season

Rumor has it Head Coverings are a Thing of the Past… not so Fast

The NFHS, the organization that oversees the wrestling rules CIF uses, has released its rule changes for the upcoming 2019-2020 season. Below you will find the changes. Removed language will be crossed out. Added language will be in red.


The rule that deals with what a legal uniform consists of will now read:

A one-piece singlet cut no lower in the back or front than the level of the armpits and under the arms no lower than one-half the distance between the armpit and

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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

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