Guideline for running a dual meet
1. Random draw: a deck of cards with the weight classes written on each of them works well.
2. Single file lines.
3. Start at the weight picked in the random draw.
4. Check fingernails.
5. Have athlete raise arms shoulder level or higher and spin slowly to check for skin conditions.
6. Weigh them and call out weights to the coaches who are recording weights.
7. Weigh visiting athlete first, then home athlete. Weigh all athletes at one weight then move to the next weight.
8. Sign weight records after weigh-ins are done and after all wrestlers who needed to trim nails or hair have checked back.
9. Make sure that athletes who are competing with hair nets or mouth guards show them at weigh-in, also special equipment if they competing with it.
10. Athletes may not weigh in with socks on, or jewelry and must have short briefs or boxer shorts on.
11. When weighing in at tournaments you can either weigh in teams or individual weights depending on how many athletes and whether everybody is there or not.
12. Dual meet weigh-ins – everybody must be in the locker room when weigh-ins start. Exception would be if you have female competitors. They can be weighed in
by female staff at the site
Conducting a dual meet
1. Pre-meet duties – weigh-in, meet with both teams and coaches before the match starts, to go over:
a. Why you are there, and that the wrestlers safety is your number one concern,
b. What you expect from the athletes and coaches as far as behavior and good aggressive offensive wrestling,
c. Go over good sportsmanship,
d. What you are looking for in regard to stalling,
e. What you expect from athletes in regard to how they communicate with you on the mat.
f. Also go over proper referees position and tell them how you are going to give them the whistle start ( saying set, then short pause, then whistle.),
g. Tell the athletes that they must stay make an effort to wrestle in the ten foot circle in the center of the mat and that when instructed by the official to “work in” during the match they should make an effort to do so.
h. At the end of the meeting ask if there are questions and release them.
2. After the face-off call the team captains to the center of the mat, shake hands, do coin flip, have whichever team wins pick even or odd numbered matches, shake hands, then inform home scorer who has choice of evens or odds. The first match of the night is the odd match regardless of the weight class. Also be aware that whichever team has choice of position for that match also must report first.
3. Call the matches. At the end of the dual meet the official must sign the Home scorebook as that is the official record for that meet.
4. Discussion point- how to handle coaches and fans when they become excited or hostile.
5. Discussion point- Talk with the scorers and timers before the meet starts and find out if they are experienced or not and tell them what you expect from them as well. Good table help can keep a match flowing.
Conduct of matches
Before the match begins confirm that the correct athletes have reported.
1. Make sure that all equipment is in place correctly- shoe laces secured, hair net on if needed, head gear strapped up, mouth guard in if needed, knee pads pulled up etc. If not it is a technical violation.
2. Assign red or green leg bands.
3. In the center of the mat, shake hands and then blow whistle to start.
4. Work to be invisible – as much as possible, stay on out of bounds line while keeping both wrestlers centered on you where you have a good view of the action. Award points confidently with your arm raised as high as you can get it and shout out how many points and what you are calling. On out of bounds calls where points will be awarded, award points before calling out of bounds, if possible.
5. At the end of the first period, if it is a JV match or a tournament match, use your colored disc to determine who has choice of position. If it is a varsity dual meet, choice of position is determined by the random draw, starting weight, and if it is an odd or even match. At the end of the second round, the athlete who didn’t have choice at the end of first round would have choice except in certain circumstances where an athlete has used two injury time outs whereas the opponent will have his choice of position at the restart. See rulebook, page 41, section 2.
6. At the end of the match verify score, if the match isn’t tied, have athletes shake hands, and raise the winner’s hand. If it is tied, go to overtime criteria, rule book page 34 section 7.
7. Discussion point: Illegal holds, out of bounds, takedowns, what is out of bounds-foot on the line or over the line, referee’s position, having the wrestler’s get set and saying set, and pausing for a moment, then blow the whistle. Go over hand signals, overtime situations, stalemates, stalling, safety of athletes, specific illegal holds to look for, cumulative penalties, technical violations, when to stop to award points and delayed penalties.