The Winter season must not begin before the first Monday after Thanksgiving. The Winter season must end with completion of the regular varsity season schedule, except for the varsity team or individual students completing their participation in the MIAA tournament.
MIAA Handbook Rule 84.2 (pg.90)
Member schools shall not schedule or compete on more than 20 days of competition. Five matches is the maximum amount that a student may compete on any given day, exclusive of MIAA sponsored tournaments (see 84.3.3).
For scoring purposes, refer to NFHS Wrestling Case Book 1.4.3 Situation A: In a multiple school tournament being conducted in one day, there are: (a) eight schools invited, and it is announced four places will be scored; or (b) 16 teams are invited, and it is announced six placed will be scored.
RULING: Wrestlers are limited to no more than five matches during a day. Matches are those for which the time limit is specified by rule and are six minutes in length for consolation. In (a), it would be possible for a school to conduct an eight-team tournament, wrestling back to four places, because this would consist of a maximum of four matches for any wrestler. In (b), if only the losers of the quarterfinal bracket go to the wrestle-back it could be completed in only fives matches per day. If, however, the first-round losers enter the wrestle-back, there is a possibility that some wrestlers would be involved in six matches. This would not be allowed and would be in violation of Rule 1-4-3 which states that no wrestler shall represent the school in more than five matches in any one day. Therefor some consolation finals could not be wrestled. If one wrestler had wrestled in four matches and the other wrestler in fives matches, then the wrestler in four matches would be the winner by forfeit. If it was the match for third place and both wrestlers had been in five matches, then they would both receive points for fourth place. There could be no third-place finisher.
*Forfeits do NOT count as matches.
MIAA Handbook Rule 84.5 (pg.93)
A licensed physician, licensed athletic trainer or certified EMT must be in attendance and on duty for all wrestling matches. (It is strongly recommended that such medical coverage and an emergency transport system be in place for all games.) The medical person shall be responsible for both teams unless each team has its own medical coverage. His/her judgment will be final with regard to the condition of a player after injury. No player may continue to play against the medical person's advice. The penalty for violation of this provision is forfeiture of the individual match.
Please click here to view the press release surrounding the approval of an alternate two-piece uniform for High School Wrestling. The MIAA will follow this rule change beginning with the 2017-18 season.
Northampton High School (D1) Wellesley High School (D2) Saugus High School (D3)
MIAA Handbook Rule 84.4.6 (pg.92)
To qualify at a certain weight for the MIAA Individual Sectional & State Tournaments, a wrestler must weigh-in at his certified weight class at scratch weight at least once during the season, shoulder to shoulder in front of an opposing coach. The opposing coach must sign the weigh-in sheet verifying the scratch weight. Wrestler must achieve scratch weight if the first weigh-in occurs after the 2 lb. allowance is granted on January 1st each year.
Wrestler must also weigh-in at the base weight (scratch weight plus any rule book allowances) 60% of the regular season varsity days of competition on which the wrestler competes. Rule book weight class allowances count toward the 60% certification.
With this rule there is a change in the language as well as a separation with-in the language to show that they are separate weigh-in procedural rules.
Page 6 of the MIAA Wrestling Format states...
d. Skin checks will take place conducted by the head referee and on-site trainer before any wrestler is permitted to go to the scales. (Wrestlers with skin conditions must present a doctor’s note using ONLY the MIAA Medical Release Form (pg. 17) or they will not be permitted to enter the tournament.
Liaison - Phil Napolitano, MIAA
District A Ms. Carla Scuzzarella, Principal, Northeast Metro Voc/Tech High School Mr. John Magliozzi, Athletic Director, Billerica Memorial High School
District B Mr. Brian Brewer, Dean of Students, Watertown High School Mr. Brendan Kent, Athletic Director, Wakefield Memorial High School
District C Dr. Christopher Jones, Principal, Whitman-Hanson Reg. High School Mr. Jon Longley, Athletic Director, Norwood Senior High School
District D Mr. Tom Pileski, Athletic Director, Coyle & Cassidy High School Mr. Keith Poloskey, Athletic Director, Bristol County Aggie High School
District E Mr. Mark Hollick, Principal, Assabet Valley Regional High School Mr Andrew McGowan, Assistant Principal, Algonquin Reg High School Ms. Ann Palumbo, Athletic Director, Tygnsboro High School Ms. Marydolores Sokol, Athletic Director, Douglas High School
District F Mr. Brian Spadafino, Principal, Franklin County Tech Mr. Joe Gamache, Athletic Director, Franklin County Tech
District G VACANCY Mr. Karl Zigmund, Athletic Director, Monument Mountain Reg
District H Dr. Keith Crowley, Principal, Saint John's Preparatory School Mr. Brett Anderson, Asst. AD, Xaverian Brothers High School
Coach Mr. Manny Costa, Coach, St. John's Preparatory School
Officials' Representative Mr. Ted Neill
MASS Mr. Eric Conti, Superintendent, Burlington Public Schools
MASC Mr. George O'Hare, School Committee, Greater Lowell Tech
At-Large Dr. Robert Pritchett, Coach, Needham High School Ms. Amy Daniels, Senior Programs and Operations Coordinator, Boston Public Schools
October 4, 2018 - 9:30am
January 25, 2019 - 9:30am
April 30, 2019 - 9:30am
Wrestling Site Directors Meeting - January 25, 2019 - 12:30pm
Winter Tournamament Directors Meeting - February 1, 2019
Division 1 Brian Urquhart
Division 2 Scott Connolly
All-State & Division 3 Scott Tremlett
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