Snohomish County Wrestling Officials Association
ARTICLE 1: TITLES AND OBJECTIVES
SECTION A: This Organization shall be known as the Snohomish County Wrestling Officials Association (SCWOA).
SECTION B: The purpose of this Association is:
1. To provide schools and other organizations with qualified wrestling officials approved and certified by the SCWOA and the WOA.
2. To improve standards of officiating.
3. To provide for discussion and interpretation of interscholastic wrestling rules.
4. To further the interest of wrestling and athletics in the state of Washington.
5. To encourage enrollment and assist in developing competent wrestling officials.
6. To work with the W.I.A.A. to make sure these objectives are accomplished.
ARTICLE 2: MEMBERSHIP
SECTION A: New members shall meet the following requirements:
1. Pass the National Federation of High School Athletics Association Wrestling Rules Test with a grade that is acceptable to the W.I.A.A.
2. Pass the SCWOA Apprenticeship or Mentoring Program.
3. Transferring members from another certified Association should present a letter of verification providing past wrestling officiating performance.
4. Must pay all state and SCWOA dues.
SECTION B: Members in good standing are the members who:
1. Have paid all state and SCWOA dues.(and pass the WSP background check)
2. Have cleared all other financial obligations as reported by the Secretary.
3. Have complied by the Constitution and By-Laws of the SCWOA.
4. Have attended the W.I.A.A. required number of SCWOA meetings.
5. Have completed the required on line state rules clinic and test
SECTION C: To be eligible to vote in all elections you shall have been a member in good standing from November until April of the previous year.
SECTION D: Associate members are those who have paid all SCWOA dues. An associate member does not have to officiate but must be a member in good standing. If an associate member wants to be activated to officiate, the member must fulfill the requirements of Section A.
SECTION E: Official Categories:
1. Senior Officials are those who have seven (7) years experience, three (3) District assignments, have officiated ten (10) varsity assignments per year and are qualified to officiate any assignment.
2. Varsity Officials are those who have three (3) years experience and a minimum of thirty (30) assignments
3. Junior Varsity Officials are those who have one (1) year experience. No previous assignments are required.
4. Associate Officials are those who are a first year apprentice and are capable to officiate Junior High and middle School matches.
All promotions and or demotions and qualifications in ranking of the officials are to be determined by the Executive Board.
SECTION F: Promotions and Demotions.
Members who seek a higher ranking must:
1. Submit a written application to the Executive Board.(prior to December 1st
2. Must be viewed a minimum of four (4) times while officiating by four (4) senior officials. Each of these senior officials must turn in a written report on the applicant seeking promotion. A member being demoted by the Executive Board must be advised in writing by the Board. The member has one (1) week after being notified to appeal the demotion to the Executive Board.
SECTION G: Suspension of a member shall be interpreted as withdrawal of all assignments and privileges to a member in good standing. A member may be suspended for:
1. Non-payment of State or SCWOA dues or fines.
2. Conduct that is unbecoming of an official.
3. Officiating a High School or College wrestling match without receiving permission from the Secretary or Executive Board or without properly being assigned.
4. A membership in more than one such association without prior approval of the Executive Board.
5. Any reason deemed justifiable by the Executive Board, including missing assignments or missing SCWOA meetings.
SECTION H: Expulsion of a member of the SCWOA means termination of all privileges in the SCWOA. A member expelled from the SCWOA may not:
1. Attend meetings.
2. Receive assignments.
All cases involving expulsion or consideration for expulsion shall be referred to the Executive Board. The Board shall notify the member involved in writing. Upon notification the member has one (1) week to appeal to the Board if the member so chooses. All cases of expulsion shall require a 75% majority vote by the Executive Board.
SECTION I: Assignments shall be assigned by the Assigning Secretary of the SCWOA. The ranking and qualifications of each official will be determined by the Board and the Assigning Secretary will assign the matches according to the ranking system. The Executive Board reserves the right to direct the Assigning Secretary.
1. Members may not exchange assignments without the approval of the Assigning Secretary or in his absence the President of the SCWOA.
2. Once an official has completed a State Finals assignment he will come back at the bottom of the list.
ARTICLE 3: DUES AND FINES
SECTION A: Dues. All state and SCWOA dues will be deducted from the year end payment that is given to the officials at the last general membership meeting of each year. If an official does not officiate the following year, the official will be reimbursed. New officials must pay all fees prior to any assignments.
Due for the SCWOA are determined by the Executive Board and may be voted into effect at any general membership meeting with a majority vote. The state fees are determined by the W.I.A.A. and will be explained to the membership at the first general membership meeting each year.
Transfer officials will have to pay all state and SCWOA dues prior to receiving any assignments. If a transfer officials from within the state and has paid the state fee he will only have to pay the local fee.
Fines will be deducted from the end of the year payment. Appeals must be in writing to the Executive Board and will be handled at the next Board meeting. Fines are described in Article 2: Section D: of the By-Laws.
ARTICLE 4: OFFICERS
SECTION A: The Officers of the Association shall be:
1. President shall preside at all general and Executive Board meetings, shall have the power to call special meetings to instruct the Secretary and other members to perform essential duties, shall have all other powers generally attributed to organization presidents, set meeting agendas and preside as Official Association Spokesperson.
2. Vice President shall preside at all meetings in the absence of the President. Shall automatically succeed the President in the event the latter is for any reason unable to continue as President. Shall be a member of the Executive Board. Shall chair the Grievance Committee and will be in charge of the Apprenticeship Program.
3. Commissioners shall be individuals who will be members of the Executive Board and comprise the Grievance Committee. They will be moderated by the Vice President who shall
have voting power. The President will chair the Committee if a Commissioner is involved in the grievance.
4. Secretary shall record the minutes and keep the official records of the Association. This person shall also be the Official Correspondent for the Association.
5. Assigning Secretary Shall collect, hold and account for the Association’s monies, shall be in charge of assigning all matches, tournaments as directed by the Board and fulfill all W.I.A.A. requirements.
SECTION B: Eligibility. To be eligible for an office in the SCWOA the candidate must be a member in good standing.
SECTION C: Order of elections of officers shall be:
2. Vice President
5. Assigning Secretary
SECTION D: Nominations and elections of officers shall be held at the first regular meeting of January. A newly elected officer takes office at the first regular meeting of the next year.
SECTION E: Voting for officers shall be by a written secret ballot. A separate ballot shall be cast for each office. A majority of votes shall be required for election. If no candidate receives a majority of the votes, the candidate with the least number of votes shall be dropped from the ballot and a new ballot shall be taken until one candidate secures a majority of the votes cast.
SECTION F: Terms of office. All officers except the Assigning Sectary, who shall serve a three-year term, shall hold office for two years. Commissioners shall serve staggered two-year. This section shall not be interpreted to bar re-election to the same office. Any vacant office, for any reason, during the season shall be filled per the method of election as in sections D and E of Article 4. The election shall be held at the first general meeting following any such vacancy.
SECTION G: Impeachment. Any officer may be impeached for failure to fulfill properly the duties of his office. The sole factor of such failure shall be in the vote for impeachment. A minimum of 60% of all members in the SCWOA must be present to hold a vote on impeachment. A 75% majority vote is requires to impeach an officer.
ARTICLE 5: EXECUTIVE BOARD
Section A: Membership. The Executive Board (Hereinafter known as the Board) shall consist of the President, Vice-President, Two (2) Commissioners, Secretary, Assigning Secretary, and the past President as a nonvoting member.
Section B: Expansion of Board members. A Commissioner will be added when membership reaches thirty (30) , and one (1) added for every ten (10) members there after.
SECTION C: Powers. In additions to powers ascribed to the Board in other articles, all policy-making powers are reserved to the Board. Subject to provisions in Section D.
SECTION D: Exclusion of Powers. The general membership may overturn policy decisions of the Board on a two-thirds vote of 60% of the total membership. The members must be in good standing. The vote to overturn a policy made by the Board may be voted on at any regular scheduled meeting. A secret ballot shall be provided for such votes. The general membership retains the right to request that the Board formulate official policy, the right to set local dues and officiating fees, and to amend the Constitution and By-Laws as indicated elsewhere in this SCWOA Constitution.
SECTION E: Board Meetings. The Executive Board shall meet prior to selecting the tournament officials.
ARTICLE 6: MEETINGS
SECTION A: Number of meetings. The SCWOA shall have a minimum of six (6) annual mandatory meetings as required by the W.I.A.A. Special meetings may be called by the Board, President, and by the Assigning Secretary through the President.
SECTION B: Time and place of meetings. Members shall attend all meetings as scheduled. For meetings unattended there will be a $5.00 fine assessed. For unexcused absences there will be a $20.00 fine assessed.
ARTICLE 7: SPECIAL AWARDS
SECTION A: Gary Cease Award: Official of the Year.
SECTION B: Coach of the Year: To the deserving coach or coaches.
SECTION C: W.I.A.A. Awards.
ARTICLE 8: AMENDMENTS TO THE CONSTITUTION
Amendments to the Constitution or By-Laws may be submitted in writing at any general membership meeting. There must be at least 60% of the membership in attendance. Two thirds of the membership at meeting must vote in favor of the amendment before it can come up for a vote at the next general meeting.
ARTICLE 9: EVALUATION OF THE OFFICIALS
SECTION A: Rating Procedure: The Executive Board of the SCWOA shall evaluate all officials.
1. Those officials wishing to move to a higher rating must petition the Board in writing,
2. The Board will approve or disapprove all applicants that apply for a rating promotion according to Article 2 Section F.
3. State Tournament assignments will be rotated throughout the officials that have a rating of #1.
4. If an official is evaluates in the bottom 10% in the Mat classic ratings he will lose his #1 rating and become a #2 rated official. After one (1) year he may reapply for a #1 rating.
SECTION B: Rating Definitions: All Officials will be rated #1-4. The following will define the four different categories of official ratings.
#1 Rated Official: Qualified to officiate state tournament. (Senior Official)
#2 Rated Official: Qualified to officiate varsity matches. (Varsity Official)
#3 Rated Officials: Qualified to officiate junior varsity and middle school matches. (Junior Varsity Official)
#4 Rated Officials: Qualified to officiate middle school matches. (Associate Official)
SECTION C: Rating Criteria for Evaluations:
1. Has officiated four (4) consecutive years with a full varsity schedule.
2. Has officiated three (3) consecutive years with six (6) matches per year
3. Has completed W.I.A.A. clinic and attended SCWOA meetings.
4. Has registered with SCWOA and attended meetings.
ALL DEFINITIONS OF THE OFFICIALS ARE FOUND IN ARTICLE 2: SECTION D:
SECTION D: Special and Extenuating Circumstances:
1. The Board reserves the right to make changes for evaluation for special and extenuating circumstances as deemed necessary by the board.
ARTICLE 10: CODE OF CONDUCT
Officials shall master the rules of the game and the mechanics necessary to enforce the rules, and shall exercise authority in an impartial, firm, and controlled manner.
Officials shall work with each other and their state associations in a constructive and cooperative manner.
Officials shall uphold the honor and dignity ofthe profession in all interaction with student-athletes, coaches, athletic directors, school administrators, colleagues, and the public.
Officials shall prepare themselves both physically and mentally, shall dress neatly and appropriately, and shall comport themselves in a manner consistent with the high standards of the profession.
Officials shall be punctual and professional in the fulfillment olfall contractual obligations.
Officials shall remain mindful that their conduct influences the respect that student-athletes, coaches, and the public hold the profession.
Officials shall while enforcing the rules of’play, remain aware of the inherent risk of inlury that competition poses to student-athletes. Where appropriate, they inform event management olfconditions that appear unreasonably hazardous.
Officials shall take reasonable steps to educate themselves in the recognition of emergency conditions that might arise during the course of competition.