WRESTLING--SWIM----DIVE & SOCCER----NEW NFHS RULES

WRESTLING

 

Beginning next year, a wrestler will be inbounds if two supporting points of either wrestler are inside or on the boundary line. This could be two supporting points of one wrestler or one supporting point of each wrestler that is inside or on the boundary line.

Changes related to out-of-bounds and inbounds calls, along with rules dealing with uniforms and sportsmanship, were among the rules revisions recommended by the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) Wrestling Rules Committee at its April 2-4 meeting in Indianapolis. All rules changes were subsequently approved by the NFHS Board of Directors.

The revised definitions for out of bounds and inbounds eliminate subjectivity with the out-of-bounds call without increasing the out-of-bounds area. The removal of “majority of weight” from the definition will allow officials to focus on inbounds and out of bounds rather than having to make a judgment on where the majority of the wrestler’s weight is being supported.

“The majority of rules changes for the 2018-19 high school wrestling season deal with revised definitions of escape, reversal, out of bounds and takedown,” said Elliot Hopkins, NFHS director of sports and student services and liaison to the Wrestling Rules Committee. “These changes were needed to reinforce our new position with increasing scoring opportunities by addressing the supporting point issue, but not creating additional risk to the sport. We have defined what the usual supporting points are while down on the mat and how near-fall points or a fall shall be earned.”

Several articles in Rule 5 are affected by the elimination of subjectivity in the out-of-bounds call. Rule 5-10 now provides language stipulating that any combination of two supporting points allows an official to make an inbounds call. Similarly, Rules 5-15-1 and 5-15-3 introduce the same clarity while Rule 5-15-2 alters language from “knees” to “knee(s),” making it consistent with Rule 5-15-2a(4) and its use of “hand(s).”

The revision to the definition of an out-of-bounds call is clearly stated in Rule 5-18, which outlines that it occurs when there are no longer two total supporting points inside or on the boundary line (two supporting points of one wrestler or one supporting point of each wrestler). Rules 5-22, 5-25-1 and 5-25-3 will have similar language to establish inbounds and out-of-bounds calls for reversals and takedowns.

Revisions to Rule 5-24-3 will assist officials with making a stalling call. The new criteria establish that stalling in the neutral position also takes place when a wrestler is backing off the mat and out of bounds, as well as when the wrestler is pushing or pulling out of bounds.

In addition to the numerous changes related to inbounds and out-of-bounds calls, Hopkins noted sportsmanship issues, a new illegal hold and uniform promotional references as other rules changes made by the committee. Among those are the following:

•    Rule 4-1-2: New language will state that no additional manufacturer’s logo, trademark or promotional references shall be allowed on the wrestling uniforms.

•    Rule 7-1-5y (NEW): The Nelson-Cradle is a new illegal hold/maneuver that is a combination made up of a Half-Nelson on one side with a locked cradle from around the neck with the far side knee. The back of the knee acts as the other arm (arm pit) to complete the Full-Nelson pressure on the neck and throat.

•    Rule 7-4-2: New language states that repeatedly dropping to one knee, as well as one hand, to break locked hands is considered unsportsmanlike conduct.

 

SWIMMING & DIVING

 

INDIANAPOLIS, IN (April 16, 2018) — In an effort to assist meet personnel operating high school swimming and diving meets, the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) Swimming and Diving Rules Committee reorganized Rule 1 and Rule 5 at its March 18-20 meeting in Indianapolis. All rules changes were subsequently approved by the NFHS Board of Directors.

Additionally, the committee’s other rules changes focused on pre-meet conferences, equipment requirements and the order in which diving may take place at non-championship events.

“While the list of 2018-19 swimming and diving rules changes appear to be extensive, in general, most of the proposed changes involve a reorganization of two rules,” said Sandy Searcy, NFHS director of sports and liaison to the Swimming and Diving Rules Committee. “These changes provide clarity, a definition and flexibility to accommodate swimming and diving meets that are conducted in a variety of formats and facilities, and with various team personnel.”

In addition to a reorganization of Rule 1, the committee approved new terminology that accurately reflects and defines meet specifications and organization, including the consolidation of several terms that label the types of meets such as dual, double-dual, triangular, invitational, multi-team, etc.

In a similar fashion, Rule 5 was reorganized to list meet specifications in a “logical stepwise fashion from the dual meet to the championship meet,” according to Searcy. Rule 5-3-2 was one of the notable changes within the rule, as additional lane assignments were provided to accommodate non-championship multi-team and double/triple dual meets.

“The changes to Rule 5 provide flexibility and direction for situations in which the number of teams and/or entries cannot be equally divided into the number of available lanes,” Searcy said. “New language delineates options for conducting meets based on high school facilities across the country.”

The committee approved a change in diving in Rule 5-1-2a. In non-championship events, diving may now be the first event. Beginning next year, diving may be conducted either first, last or simultaneously with swimming events.

“In addition, it is now permissible to conduct 11-dive competitions during any non-championship meet with prior mutual consent of competing teams,” Searcy added.

Another change involves the pre-meet conference in Rule 4-2-1d. A mandatory pre-meet conference with the referee, starter, and the captain and coach of each team must be held to review meet procedures, special instructions and any unusual pool conditions. Equipment requirements were addressed in Rule 2-4-5, which now mandates a 15-meter mark on both sides of the pool deck. Markings may also be integrated into each lane marker, but deck markings take precedent.

Other rules changes include:

•    Rules 2-6-1 through 4, which were reorganized to clarify mandatory requirements versus recommendations.

•    Rule 2-7-2b, which adds the prohibition of the backstroke starting ledge to the rules so that there is no question that the equipment is not permitted in high school swimming.

•    Rules 4-5-3 and 4-7, which clarify and confirm that responsibilities of stroke inspectors and turn/finish judges can be combined. This is especially the case when the availability of officials is limited. The flexibility to staff the deck effectively and efficiently with available officials should be preserved.

SOCCER

INDIANAPOLIS, IN (February 15, 2018) — High school soccer teams will be reversing their home and visiting uniforms next season. Effective with the 2018-19 season, the home team will wear dark jerseys and socks, and the visiting team will wear solid white jerseys and solid white socks.

This uniform change was one of nine rules revisions recommended by the National Federation of State High School Association’s (NFHS) Soccer Rules Committee at its January 22-24 meeting in Indianapolis. All changes were subsequently approved by the NFHS Board of Directors.

Previously, the home team was required to wear solid white jerseys and the visiting team wore dark-colored jerseys. The language defines dark as “any color which contrasts with white.”

“This change allows home teams to wear their school-color jerseys at home,” said Theresia Wynns, director of sports and officials and liaison to the Soccer Rules Committee. “It also could provide the opportunity to use an alternative color uniform for special events.”

The Soccer Rules Committee also approved a change that would permit a player to participate while wearing a head covering, if the player meets certain criteria and if the applicable state association approved the request.

If approved by the state high school association, players could participate with a head covering for medical/cosmetic reasons or for religious reasons. In the case of medical/cosmetic reasons, a physician’s statement is required before the state association can approved a head covering. In both cases, the head covering cannot be abrasive, hard or dangerous to any other player and attached in such a way that it is highly unlikely to come off during player.

Another example of unsporting conduct was approved by the committee involving denying obvious goal-scoring opportunities in a game. When a player commits an offense against an opponent within its team penalty area that denies the opponent an obvious goal-scoring opportunity and the referee awards a penalty kick, a yellow card is given if the offense was an attempt to play the ball. Previously in this scenario, the player received a red card in addition to the team receiving a penalty kick.

“The committee thought this rule needed to be revised because in this situation in the past, the player and the team were placed in double jeopardy when applying a penalty,” Wynns said.

One rule regarding the offside rule in high school soccer was revised. Rule 11-1-4 now states that “A player is offside and penalized if, at the time the ball touches or is played by a teammate, the player, in an offside position, becomes involved in active play . . . “The penalty remains an indirect free kick at the spot of the infraction, but it now will be subject to the provisions in Rule 13-1-3.

“This change better articulates the difference between being in an offside position and an offside violation, as well as where the subsequent restart takes place,” Wynns said.

In another uniform change, undergarments can be a different solid color than the uniform, although the length and color of the undergarments must be the same for all members of the team.      

As a result of the change made last year that allowed the kickoff to be taken in any direction, the committee revised Rule 8-1-2 to allow the player taking the kickoff to be in the opponent’s half of the field in order to take the kickoff.

The committee addressed proper sportsmanship with an addition to Rule 13-2-1. If a player, coach or bench personnel enters or leaves the field of play without permission of an official and interferes with play or an official, a direct free kick will be awarded at the point of the infraction.

In Rule 18, the committee approved a new definition of deliberate act, which is “one in which a player chooses to act, regardless of the outcome of that action. This deliberate act is neither reaction nor reflex. A deliberate action may result in the opponent benefiting from the action, e.g., a deliberate but misplayed ball that goes directly to an opponent. A reaction or reflex may result in that player benefiting from the action, e.g., a ball inadvertently contacting the arm and falling directly to the player’s feet.”

 

MALE SOCCER

D-1

Bakersfield    OUT

Buchanan  IN

Bullard   IN

Centennial    IN

Central    IN

Clovis East    IN

Clovis   IN

Clovis North    IN

Clovis West  IN

Golden Valley   IN

Golden West    IN

Liberty     IN

Ridgeview   IN

South       IN

Sunnyside    IN

West  OUT

D-2

Dinuba    IN

East Bakersfield  IN

Edison    IN

El Diamante     IN

Frontier    IN

Madera  OUT

Monache OUT

Redwood   IN

Reedley    IN

Sanger    IN

Selma    IN

Stockdale    IN

Tulare Western   IN

     

D-3

Fresno   IN

Highland   IN

Independence   OUT

Lemoore    IN

Madera South   IN

McLane    IN

Mission Oak    IN

Mt. Whitney     IN

Porterville  IN

Roosevelt    IN

San Joaquin Memorial   IN

Tulare Union     IN

Wasco   IN

Washington Union   IN

   

 

 

 

D-4

Arvin   IN

Chowchilla    OUT

Delano    IN

Foothill      IN

Hanford     OUT

Hoover  TBD

Kerman     IN

Kingsburg    OUT

Lindsay    IN

McFarland    IN

Mira Monte    IN

North   OUT

Orosi   IN

Parlier   IN

Shafter    IN

Tehachapi  IN

Woodlake   IN

Yosemite   IN

   

D-5

Avenal    IN

Bishop Union    IN

Caruthers   IN

Cesar Chavez   IN

Coalinga    IN

Corcoran     IN

Desert     OUT

Farmersville    IN

Fowler    IN

Garces Memorial   IN

Hanford West  OUT

Liberty (Madera Ranchos)    IN

Mendota    IN

Riverdale    IN

Robert F. Kennedy   OUT

Rosamond     IN

Sierra   IN

Taft    OUT

Summit    OUT  

D-6

Bakersfield Christian   IN

California City  OUT

Central Valley Christian  IN

Dos Palos    IN

Exeter    IN

Firebaugh   IN

Frazier Mountain  IN

Fresno Christian  OUT

Granite Hills      OUT

Immanuel    OUT

Kern Valley  OUT

Minarets   OUT

Orange Cove     IN

Sierra Pacific (Hanford)    OUT

Strathmore   IN

Tranquillity  IN

Wonderful College Prep Academy   IN

     

FEMALE SOCCER

D-1

Buchanan   IN

Bullard  IN

Centennial    IN

Central    IN

Clovis East    IN

Clovis   IN

Clovis North    IN

Clovis West   IN

Frontier    IN

Liberty      IN

Madera South   OUT

Redwood    IN

Stockdale    IN

     

D-2

Bakersfield     IN

Edison    IN

El Diamante     IN

Garces Memorial    IN

Highland    IN

Liberty (Madera Ranchos)    IN

Madera  OUT

Monache OUT

San Joaquin Memorial   IN

Sanger    IN

Tulare Union     IN

Tulare Western   IN

D-3

 

Bakersfield Christian   IN

Central Valley Christian   OUT

East Bakersfield    IN

Golden West    IN

Hanford     IN

Hoover   IN

Independence    IN 

Lemoore        IN

Mission Oak    IN

Reedley   IN

Ridgeview   IN

Selma    IN

Strathmore   IN

Sunnyside   OUT

Tehachapi   IN

Yosemite   IN

 

D-4

Dinuba    OUT

Exeter    IN

Foothill      IN

Fowler    IN

Fresno    IN

Golden Valley    IN

Hanford West   OUT

Kingsburg    IN

McLane   IN

North     IN

Porterville  OUT

Sierra    IN

South     IN

Taft   IN

Wasco   IN

West   OUT

Mt. Whitney  OUT    

D-5

Bishop Union    IN

Caruthers  OUT

Cesar Chavez    OUT

Chowchilla     OUT

Coalinga    IN

Desert    OUT

Dos Palos   IN

Frazier Mountain  IN

Kerman     IN

Kern Valley    IN

Lindsay    IN

McFarland    IN

Mira Monte  OUT

Orosi   IN

Roosevelt    IN

Shafter    IN

Sierra Pacific (Hanford)   IN

Washington Union    IN

Woodlake   OUT

 

D-6

Arvin    IN

Avenal    OUT

California City     OUT

Corcoran     OUT

Delano  OUT

Farmersville    OUT

Firebaugh  OUT

Fresno Christian   IN

Granite Hills    IN

Immanuel     IN

Mendota    IN

Minarets     IN

Orange Cove     IN

Parlier   OUT

Riverdale    IN

Robert F. Kennedy   IN

Rosamond     IN

Tranquillity   IN

Wonderful College Prep Academy  OUT

 Summit    OUT

 

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