Nor Cal Jr Wrestling Rules

For more information on the rule please see:  https://norcal-wrestling.com/2012-13-coaches-and-commissioners/norcal-section-rules/

Section I: Requirements

A. Age

Competitors must be in the kindergarten to sixth grade for elementary competitions and fourth through eighth grade for junior high competitions. A wrestler’s age must not exceed 15 years old during the current school year.

B. Weight

A competitor may compete in any weight class as long as they are able to meet the weight specification. A competitor must be exactly on or below their weight class to compete in that weight class. If a competitor fails to meet that weight class he may not compete in a weight class exceeding two weight classes above his actual weight.

Nor Cal Section Weights Are (in lbs)

Elementary: Novice & Intermediate brackets will consist of grade level and elementary weight classes. Recommended age groups are K-2, 3-5, and varsity will be 6-8.  The tournament coordinator will determine which options to apply in accordance with the amount of wrestlers in each division. The tournament director can choose how to split the classes and may provide this information on the tournament flier. An advanced elementary wrestler can compete in a upper grade level and can only compete in one grade level group. The advanced elementary wrestler will not be allowed to wrestle below his or her grade level. 6th GRADERS WILL WRESTLE IN THE VARSITY CLASS IN 2015-2016 AS VOTED ON IN THE COACHES MEETING ON DEC 6 2015.

3-5 graders may wrestle varsity but once they place top 3 in a valid 6 man or more varsity bracket they will not be allowed to wrestle jv the remainder of the year. any wrestler who is dominating jv winning more than three should go varsity.

40, 45, 50, 55, 60, 65, 70, 76, 83, 89, 95, 103, 112, 116, 122, 128, 135, 142,  Hwt (max 168)

Elementary MVP Awards: Light (40 lbs – 65 lbs), Middle (70 lbs – 103 lbs) , Heavy (112 lbs – Hwt)

Junior High: TOC weights in Black

62, 66, 70, 76, 83, 89, 95, 100, 103, 108, 112, 116, 122, 128, 135, 142, 153, 168, 185, 205, 235,(exhibition matches for wrestlers weighing up to 285 lbs)

Junior High MVP Awards: Light (70 lbs – 100 lbs), Middle (103 lbs – 128 lbs), Heavy (135 lbs – 235 lbs)

C. Grooming

All competitors must be groomed as to minimize the potential for injury either for the wrestler or his/her opponent. Fingernails will be clipped to a minimum. Groom checks will be conducted at all section dual meets and tournaments. Groom checks will be done by host team at time of weigh-ins, any concerns will be addressed to the head official and rechecked prior to competition.

D. Equipment

Headgear is required at all competitions. Mouthpiece required if you wear braces.

E. Eligibility

Competitors may only compete for their club or school team and they must meet the academic requirements of the school they attend.

  • School: the competitor must attend the school or a feeder school.
  • Feeder: an elementary school in which graduates move on to the Jr. High/Middle School, which sponsors the team.
  • Club: competitors must live in town or school district if district covers outlying areas.

F. Release Acknowledgment

  • In accordance with the Northern California Junior High Wrestling Section Rules, Section F,  as voted and passed unanimously by the Nor Cal Wrestling Coaches on March 3, 2007,  wrestlers may obtain an unconditional release to wrestle for another program under the following terms and conditions:

    1. Must reside in the school /club service area or jurisdiction.
    2. Must attend school in the jurisdiction.
    3. A wrestler who lives outside of a district or jurisdiction where no wrestling program is offered may compete for a neighboring club/school.
    4. Must have a 2.0 GPA.
    5. Deadlines for releases are due before the Section Kickoff (mid-Dec).  Releases will not be accepted after the Section Kickoff. Without an approved release wrestlers will be ineligible to compete in League/Section Tournaments and Non-League/League Dual Meets.
    6. The release will be effective for the current wrestling season and must be renewed each season.
    7. A school/club representative of the vacating club must sign the release in order to be valid. The release should then be forwarded to the League and Section Commissioner for approval. Upon approval the wrestler will be eligible to practice, compete, and score team points for the receiving school/club and must adhere to their academic requirements and code of conduct.

If questions about eligibility arise, contact the section commissioner. All appeals will be voted upon by all commissioners. (Download Form Here)

G. TOC Qualification Guidelines

The Nor Cal Jr. High Section will adhere to the TOC Qualification Guidelines. Number of qualifying wrestlers is based on the number of wrestlers in the bracket.

1 – 4 Wrestlers = 1 qualifier

5 – 7 Wrestlers = 2 qualifiers (a true second must be determined)

8 – 12 Wrestlers = 3 qualifiers

13 – 18 Wrestlers = 4 qualifiers

19 – 30 Wrestlers = 5 qualifiers

30 + Wrestlers = 6 qualifiers

Section II: Competition

Note: As members of the Nor Cal Jr. High Wrestling Section, all teams conducting independent tournaments or duals agrees to adhere to all the section rules.

A. Match Rules

Match rules will be conducted in accordance to current high school rules with the following exceptions:

  1. Consolations rounds and JV/Elementary dual matches will consist of three, one-minute rounds. For Varsity Dual Matches and Varsity Championship Rounds, matches will consist of three, one-minute and thirty-second rounds.
  2. Overtime matches will consist of the 2010-11 NFHS Rules. When the contestants are tied at the end of the three regular periods, they will wrestle overtime. Overtime will consist of a 1 minute sudden victory period, and if needed two 30-second tiebreakers. If the score remains tied at the end of the two 30-second tiebreakers, a 30-second ultimate tiebreaker shall take place.
  3. The five match rule is not in effect, however, there must be a minimum of 30 minutes rest between matches.
  4. Due to the constant shortage of professional referees, coaches mutual agreement may change referee judgment calls. This will not apply if Association Referees are present.
  5. Extreme emphasis is placed on safety. Referees and coaches are required to stop action any time a wrestler’s safety is placed in jeopardy.
  6. Great emphasis is also placed on stalling. With short rounds, verbal warning, and cautions need to be called immediately.
  7. Before any competition, coaches must communicate any rule emphasis, points of importance, and specification related to junior wrestling.
  8. Blood time: injury and blood time will be enforced at all competitions.
  9. Tap-Out Rule: Any wrestler who taps-out the match ends.
  10. The north section will not honor the high school 5 foot rule, however, varsity competitors will be on a full mat and only K-2 competitors will compete on a sectioned mat. If a mat is with in 5feet of a wall the wall must have padding on it

B. Dual Meets

  1. Each team in each individual league will wrestle a dual meet against all other teams in that league. The commissioner of each league will determine the schedule of the meets in their league.  Rescheduling a meet is the responsibility of the competing teams. All meets must be completed prior to the league championship tournament.
  2. Team scoring will be kept in accordance with high school rules. Team scoring will be kept only for the varsity team and 1 minute and 30 second rounds. Junior Varsity matches will be paired by coaches according to weight, experience, and ability. No team score will be kept for Junior Varsity and 1 minute rounds.
  3. All teams will use the Nor Cal Jr. Wrestling Dual Roster. Once the Dual Roster has been submitted at the beginning of the dual match no changes can be made 
  4. Duals will take place on the Thursday of each week at 5:30 p.m., unless otherwise scheduled. Wrestlers are not required to weigh in at duals. Coaches will weigh in their wrestlers the night before the dual, and record weights for the following day. Coaches are required to provide a 2 week advance notice if they want the opposing team to weigh-in on Thursday before the dual and each team will be given a 2 lb allowance if this occurs.
  5. A dual championship trophy will be presented to the team with the best overall record at the end of league dual competition. The trophy will be presented at the League Championship Tournament. Tiebreaker: head to head meeting and point differential.
  6. Host teams will be required to provide a competent, Association Referee for dual meets.Referees are to be paid a flat rate of $40.00 for their services of 2 hours at each dual. If the Association Referee has to travel far, the rate is $50.00.  Host teams may charge spectators an admission fee of $2.00 to offset the cost of the referee.

C. League Championship Tournaments

  1. There will be a championship tournament for each league in which all league teams will participate. Each league will determine the site of their tournament during the previous year. Each team may enter any number of wrestlers per weight. Each wrestler may enter only one weight class. Teams must weigh in the morning of the tournament at the tournament site.
  2. It is the responsibility of all teams to enter as many wrestlers as possible in the league tournament. The entry fee for the league tournament will be $12.00 per wrestler. This is to offset the cost of paying for the Association Referees. The Association Referee Tournament Fees: $75.00 for 4 hours, fixed rate.
  3. Wrestlers will be seeded by a committee of all coaches before the league tournament is bracketed. Seedings are based on head to head match-ups and tournament placings.
  4. For tournament bracketing, cross bracketing will be done during the quarter final round.Championship rounds will consist of  1 minute and 30 seconds while consolation rounds will consist of 1 minute rounds.
  5. Individual award medals will be given to wrestlers placing 1st – 3rd. Outstanding wrestlers plaques will be given to three outstanding wrestlers: Lightweight = 70 lbs – 100 lbs, Middleweight = 103 lbs – 128 lbs, and Heavyweight = 135 lbs – 235 lbs. Outstanding Wrestler Awards will be decided upon by a committee of all Coaches.
  6. Scoring for individual matches will be done according to NFHSA Rules. Team scoring will be as follows: 1st = 14 points, 2nd = 10 points, 3rd = 7 points, 4th = 4 points. Teams will only score points for their highest placing individual in a weight class. No other points will be scored other than placement points (i.e.: falls or advancement points). If a second wrestler from a team places in a weight class, no placement points will be awarded for that placement.
  7. Team trophies will be awarded to the top three teams, and the dual champion team. All awards will be the responsibility of the host team.
  8. The league commissioner will act as a co-tournament director with the tournament host, making sure the tournament’s standards and rules are upheld. The league commissioner will also be the protest committee, along with the tournament host.
  9. The top (4) four placers in each weight will qualify for the Section Championship. Each League will also wrestle for a 5th and 6th individual placings (where applicable) for the purposes of an alternate into the Section Championship.The League Commissioners will record and document the individual place winners including the alternates and submit it to the Section Commissioner at the Saturday meeting after the League Championships. 

D. Section Championship Tournament

  1. There will be one section championship in which the top (4) four wrestlers in each weight class from each league will be represented. The site will be alternate annually on a West-North-South-East basis. The next season’s hosts will be determined at the section meeting.
  2. Weigh-ins will be conducted at the section tournament site on the day of the tournament. Wrestlers may only enter the weight in which they qualify. Those who fail to weigh in or make their designated weight class, will be eliminated from the tournament, and an alternate will be entered into the tournament if applicable or their pre-seeded opponent will advance with a bye.
  3. Bracketing for the tournament will place the four qualifying wrestlers from each league in a preseeded format drawn up by the Section Commissioner (Click on Attachment D – Section Formula). Only the league champions from each league will be seeded (1-4). If the #1 seed fails to enter the tournament, the bracket will be pre-seeded, with the remaining two seeds seperated. The weight class will be re-bracketed according to the new seeds, using the offical format. Cross bracketing will be done during quarter-final round. Championship rounds will consist of 1 minute and 30 seconds, while the consolation rounds will consist of 1 minute rounds.
  4. Individual award medals will be given to wrestlers placing 1st through 3rd. Outstanding wrestlers plaques will be given to three outstanding wrestlers: Lightweight = 70 lbs – 100 lbs, Middleweight = 103 lbs – 128 lbs, Heavyweight = 135 lbs – 235 lbs. Outstanding Wrestler Awards will be decided upon by a committee of all Coaches.
  5. Scoring for individual matches will be done according to NFHSA rules. Team scoring will be as follows: 1st = 14 points, 2nd = 10 points, 3rd = 7 points, 4th = 4 points.  Teams will only score points for their highest placing individual in a weight class. No other points will be scored other than placement points (i.e.: falls or advancement points). If a second wrestler from a team places in a weight class, no placement points will be awarded for that placement.
  6. Team trophies will be awarded to the top (5) five teams. The “Coach of the Year” , voted on the morning of the section tournament will be awarded a plaque. The tournament host is responsible for all awards.
  7. The Section Commissioner will act as a co-tournament director with the tournament host, making sure the tournament’s standards and rules are upheld. The protest committee will consist of all the League commissioners and Section Commissioner. All teams will be responsible to pay for all qualified section wrestlers.
  8. Host teams will be required to provide Association Referees for the following events: Section/League Championships and TOC Qualifying Tournaments. Association Referee Tournament Fees: $125.00 for up to 10 hours ($20.00 for each additional hour).
  9. The top (3) three placers in each weight class qualify for the Tournament of Champions in Loomis, CA.

Section III: Administrative

A. Section Meeting

A section meeting will be held on SATURDAY after the league tournaments at a nuetral site (Corning). A representative from every team is required to attend, in order to discuss seeding for the section tournament, rule changes, exchange/discuss information for the next season, etc. Next season’s commissioners and tourney hosts will also be decided. Teams not represented are not eligible to host championship tourneys for the next season. This is the time to evaluate the section and make sure we are providing the development and growth of youth wrestling.

B. Commissioners

Commissioners for each league and the overall section will be elected by their peers at the annual section meeting. Commissioner’s duties include:

  • Clarifying rules
  • Making necessary judgments
  • Releasing press or web site information
  • Keeping league/section records

A vote of the commissioners will settle all disputes, clarifications, new rules, etc.