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    Some very interesting stuff that will have a major effect on next year.

    Playing rules panel approves wrestling recommendations - NCAA.org

    Escape
    The new granting-an-escape rule will take effect before a restart. The offensive wrestler will signal to the referee that he chooses to start in a neutral position. The defensive wrestler is awarded a point, and competition begins in the neutral position.

    Injury Timeouts
    The first time a non-bleeding injury timeout is called, his opponent will be awarded the choice of position on the restart. The second time a non-bleeding injury timeout is taken; the opponent is awarded a point. A third non-bleeding injury timeout will result in the termination of the match and the opponent is awarded the victory by default.
    Video Review
    At individual-advancement tournaments, a coach may request a review only of recording points, timing, match results or procedural errors.

    Stalling
    The panel also approved the new criteria that better define the stalling rule, which should help ensure its consistent enforcement.
    The rule will be applied in the following instances:


    • A wrestler is not permitted to continually back away from the opponent without creating offensive action.
    • A wrestler near the edge of the mat cannot step out of bounds unless it is to sprawl from an opponent?s takedown attempt or when interlocked. A participant will be called for stalling if he kicks out from a lower leg hold and as a result of this action the defending wrestler goes out of the wrestling area.
    • A wrestler who flees or attempts to flee the wrestling area as a means of avoiding being scored upon will be called for stalling. The committee considers fleeing as an attempt by a wrestler to avoid wrestling action; thus, it is considered a form of stalling and should be similarly penalized.

    Wrestlers, whether on offense or defense, must make an attempt to sustain active wrestling and remain inbounds. Stalling will be called in the following instances:

    • An offensive wrestler who does not aggressively attempt to break down the opponent will be called for stalling.
    • Either wrestler pushing his opponent out of bounds to prevent scoring will be cited for stalling.
    • The offensive wrestler grasping the defensive wrestler?s leg(s) with both hands or arms will be called for stalling, unless such action is designed to break down the opponent for the purpose of securing a fall or to prevent an escape or reversal.
    • Any wrestler who repeatedly grasps or interlocks his hands around a leg without attempting an offensive move will be called for stalling.
    • A defensive wrestler must initiate action to escape or reverse the opponent, or he will be called for stalling.
    • A wrestler who repeatedly applies the legs while in the rear-standing position is stalling.

    There is no longer a disqualification penalty involved in the stalling rule.
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    My thoughts: With the new injury time out-how will this effect the "ow my contact" Time outs? I am very glad to see this rule put in place and I think it will help the sport.

    I'm very anxious to see how they call this new fleeing the mat rule as it had become too often a part of the match.

    With regards to the new stalling it will be very interesting to see if this leads to either: better top wrestling or less top wrestling. I can see a lot more guys just kicking someone out right away to avoid a stall call. I would love to see it lead to more aggressive top wrestling.

    I can't wait for next year already.
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    Apparently nobody is as interested as I was when I read through these.
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    VA - I'm interested.

    While I hate the fatigue injury TO, I'm concerned about the first injury TO resulting in a choice of position. For wrestlers that are legitimately injured (which I think is the reason for most TO's), this is a substantial penalty especially when the injured wrestler was in the down position.

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    Okay, so I'm on the bottom. I fake a switch and jam my elbow into the other guy's mouth. He gets whacked but doesn't bleed, and asks the refs for a time out. Then I get my choice of positions? Sweeeet.

    Or, I'm crappy on my feet, but I "accidentally" poke my opponent in the eye. Then I get to choose bottom for the easy escape? Sounds like a new level of sleaze is possible. Thank you NCAA.

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    VA, I think these rules came out a month or so ago and we discussed them already. Maybe thats why theres not much activity on this thread. I for one like the new stall rules. I think it helps Iowa as every other team in the nation stalls except for us.
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    Instead of having all these "judgement call" fleeing and OOB stalling rules, perhaps they should just suck it up and enforce pushouts.

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    I recall some of these being discussed, but not the inj. TO one.
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    I like the look of the stuff that they claim they're going to be enforcing from the top, but as far as neutral and out of bounds stuff...

    Quote Originally Posted by Gantry View Post
    Instead of having all these "judgement call" fleeing and OOB stalling rules, perhaps they should just suck it up and enforce pushouts.
    I think this would have been a better idea, rather than adding four or five new things that officials have to look for and then judge.
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