2008 Rule Modifications for Youth Wrestling Proposed and Compiled by a Committee of Canada East Age Group CoachesWritten and Edited by Bill Perkins

All rules listed in the newly published CAWA Rules handbook as OPEN rules for Cadet aged athletes will apply to Youth Wrestling events with the following recommendations and modifications.

Age Divisions
CAWA recommends that, prior to age nine (9), youth wrestling should take place at the local club level only. Children of these ages do not need nor are they psychologically equipped to manage the pressure or stress of provincial or national competition.

Novice (- turning 9 and 10 years of age during the calendar year of the event) -
Kids (- turning 11 and 12 years of age during the calendar year of the event)
Bantam (- turning 13 and 14 years of age during the calendar year of the event)

Weight Divisions
The exact system of pooling (i.e. round robin or bracket) should be determined based upon the level of competition.

Novice and Kids Youth wrestling should use a round robin pool format with three, four or possibly five athletes in an age / weight class. This assures wrestlers of a maximum number of bouts per tournament. Bantam age groups may use this same round robin format or could possibly move to a bracket draw of no more than eight athletes. Athletes should only compete in their own age group and should not compete in more than one Age Group at the same tournament. Due to different physical maturation rates, boys should only wrestle boys and girls should only wrestle girls.

The weight spread should be done in a graduated split.

i.e. Under 40 KG -2 KG Split
Between 40 Kg and 70 KG -3 KG Split
Over 70KG -4 KG Split

An example might be as follows
Wrestler A 54 KG
Wrestler B 51 KG
Wrestler C 57 KG
Wrestler D 38 KG
Wrestler E 36 KG
Wrestler F 70 KG

Group #1: Wrestler D and Wrestler E Group #1: Wrestler D and Wrestler E
Group #2: Wrestler A and Wrestler C OR Group #2: Wrestler A and Wrestler B
Group #3: Wrestler B Group #3: Wrestler C
Group #4: Wrestler F Group #4: Wrestler F

It is recommended that every athlete in a competition get some sort of participation award. Examples might include ribbons, crests, pennants or certificates. Medals or trophies for the top three placings in weight category are optional. Team titles may be utilized but should not be emphasized.

Mat Attire:
Organizers of local events are free to set their own policies regarding appropriate mat attire. The minimum expectations for mat attire are above the knee shorts with no belt loops, zippers or pockets and a snuggly fitting T-shirt. Male athletes will be requested to remove their T-shirt but consideration will be given to questions of “diminished body image”. However, for Provincial, multi-province and / or National Festivals / Championships, singlets are mandatory for both Male and Female wrestlers. A female wrestler may not wear a boy’s singlet with a T-shirt underneath. Wrestling boots or running shoes must be taped.

Safety will continue to be the primary consideration. The official is always to err on the side of caution and
protect the athlete(s) at all costs. Any situation which the official feels is potentially dangerous or has the potential to be dangerous is to be stopped. Even if the action not explicitly illegal, the official (s) will stop the action and wrestling will continue in the standing position. Such a decision is to be considered a discretionary call and therefore is unprotestable and should not be questioned by the coach.

Rule Modifications for the Novice, Kids and Bantams
Rules of the current CAWA Rulebook will be used at Age Group events with the following exceptions…

Illegal Moves for Age Group Wrestlers
-Illegal or dangerous holds as per "Article 24 Prohibitions, Illegal and Potentially Dangerous Holds Sections a, b, c and d'" are illegal in Age Group wrestling.
-Additionally, locking of the hands in a double underhook (either from the front or side), back bending throws either to the back or to the side, a reverse leg ride, any hold on the legs where the offensive wrestler’s leg or arm is in the crux of the opponent’s while attempting to fold the knee creating a fulcrum (a high potential for dislocation of the opponent’s knee) are illegal for Novice, Kids and Bantams. Head and arm throws from the standing position are illegal for Novice and Kids
- For Novice and Kids aged wrestlers, the head and arm throw is not allowed. During wrestling, as soon an attempt at a head and arm throw is apparent as evidenced by a hip tossing action or a rotation of the hips, the referee will stop the action and warn the offending wrestler. A repetition of this rule violation will bring about a caution to the offending wrestler and one point to the opponent. Action will continue from the standing position. This includes the situation wherein the action starts from standing and goes to the knees and continues in a throwing action in an attempt to circumvent the intent of the rule. The head and arm is permitted for Novice and Kids wrestlers if the action is from a “scramble” situation wherein both athletes have both knees on the mat.

a) Rule Modifications for the NOVICE Age Group:
- Bouts will consist of THREE (3) X TWO (2) minute rounds separated by a 30 second break.
- Unlimited repetitions of a given offensive move will be permitted for all age groups.
- The “auto-touché” rule will NOT apply; we will continue to reward the initiator.
- A fall will be one full second.
- When a Novice wrestler is in any potential pinning situation, the offensive wrestler must complete the pin within 15 seconds or the action will be halted and wrestling will continue from the standing position. The referee will draw attention to the action by visibly counting to 15 using a sweeping motion of his / her hand.
- No amplitude (5 point ) throws are permitted in Age Group wrestling.
b) Rule Modifications for the KIDS Age Group
- All modifications for the KIDS division are the same as for NOVICE, except the 15 second time limit for a pinning combination is eliminated.
c) Rule Modifications for the BANTAM Age Group
- All modifications for the BANTAM division are the same for KIDS, except the head and arm throw from a standing position is permissible.
- Side saltos are also permitted by Bantams under close scrutiny by the on-mat official.