NCWA Programs are typically charted under one of two basic Administrative Structures, the Athletic Department or the Sport Club Department
Athletic Dept, Chartered Programs:
Division I Teams - All full membership Athletic Department funded programs are automatically Division I Teams within the NCWA.
Division I AD-Provisional Programs - 2 year exploratory membership - Limited Competition, No NCWA Insurance coverages.
Sport Club Chartered Programs:
Division I Teams - Criteria for DI Membership is set out in the current NCWA Wrestling Plan
Division II Emerging Programs - Young Growing Clubs looking to mature into DI Teams
Division II Clubs - Wrestling Clubs on the Campus of an NCAA DI wrestling Team. Cannot become an NCWA DI team.
Each of these programs, NCWA DI, DII and Clubs are encouraged to develop a women's team as outlined in the wrestling plan
It is the hope of the NCWA that every program, develop leaders that can oversee team growth and create an environment that fosters opportunities for students at all skill levels. Teams may schedule events commensurate with their skill level. The program may attract unlimited numbers of athletes to the team. By creating multiple teams various skill levels can be accommodated within the same NCWA program. Teams composed of 40, 50 or 60 wrestlers are encouraged.
Team development and longevity is often contingent on large leadership structures that include:
Club President - ( Many times called Team Captain )
Club Vice President
Club Secretary / Treasurer
Team Compliance Officer
Team Sports Information Director
Non-Student Head Coach - **
Non-Student Assistant Coach - **
Team Alumni Director
** Programs that fail to attract locally employed non-student coaches, run a huge risk of program failure when student
leadership graduates. For a team to move from "Provisional" status to "Fully Recognized" it must employ a Non-Student Coach.
This coach may be 100% volunteer, may receive a stipend paid by the school or team booster club, or may be a full time employee of the university. All coaching arrangements should be made in writing to avoid confusion or conflict.
** Full Division II Emerging Program development into a DI program is contingent upon locating and recruiting Non-Student Coaching.
Bolded Positions are Critical to having a successful Program
Communication is CRITICAL between team leadership and the NCWA administration. For a growing wrestling program to remain compliant through leadership changes that, at times, occurs far to often, the lines of communication, primarily email, must be very reliable.
With this in mind it is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED that All NCWA Wrestling Program's establish a Permanent Email account that is the Property of the respective NCWA Program.
The account may be a ".edu" email supplied by the university or a google, yahoo or gmail account.
The account should be password protected allowing access to a minimum of three club officers.
This email will be considered by the NCWA as the "Official" method of electronic communication with the program.
User information & Passwords should be maintained in the office of the administration that directly oversees the wrestling program.
Pre-Season CHECKLIST: - Remaining Compliant -
Each season the Program's Coach Should complete the following Checklist to insure basic compliance
1. Check NCWA website to be sure your teams Contact information is Current.
2. Submit the NCWA Membership Renewal Application between April 15th & Sept 15th each season
3. Register any new staff that will be mat side or helping with the program in any capacity.
4. Be sure to post your Competition Schedule by September 15th ( post what you have, schedules may be changed at any time)
3. Submit the appropriate annual team dues, for both your Men's and Women's Programs.
4. Register each athlete on-line Before any wrestling Practice begins ( athlete registration button on NCWA.net front page)
5. Have Athletes Sign the NCWA Waiver form and submit via upload to NCWA ASAP after signing. *
*Don't put yourself in harms way, if you hold waivers and an athlete sustains an injury you could be held liable since the ins.company would not be required to pay a claim on an athlete with now waiver in the system .
Reporting Competition Results
All Results should be posted in the "Results" section of the NCWA Compliance website
1. Results reporting is the responsibility of the NCWA hosting Team. (Hosts must report results within 4 hours of the conclusion of the event.)
2. Do Not RE-Report Results already posted on the website... As a guest to an NCWA event you should NOT report the results ( see #1. )
3. If you are attending a NON-NCWA Event you must post the results within 48 hours of the completion of the event.
4. if a hosting team fails to report results in a timely manor, Please email them a reminder and copy the email to: Compliance@ncwa.net
Development of Women's Wrestling
As is our mission, the NCWA has provided opportunities for hundreds of women who may not have otherwise had the opportunity to wrestle on the college level. The NCWA supports both its men’s and women’s divisions equally and is the only governing body that offers equal opportunity to both men and women to compete in wrestling at the college level. Both men and women are awarded All-American, Academic and other outstanding honors through membership in the NCWA
As the only governing body that provides ongoing collegiate wrestling competition for both a women's and men division, we encourage universities to actively develop and grow both divisions. We are especially proud of the strength, growth, and diversity of our women’s division that has enabled hundreds more female wrestlers the opportunity to participate in this character-building sport while pursuing their college educational goals.
Co-ed Wrestling Competition
Our organization’s structure and purpose are not designed to build co-ed wrestling competition because those collegiate opportunities already exist for the athletes who desire them. Because these opportunities already exist, the NCWA focuses on providing women the opportunity to experience the sport of wrestling on a large scale within a women’s league. It has been our experience and the experience of both State High School and college freestyle associations that developing a separate, not CoEd, women's division has grown and impacted women's wrestling in an extraordinarily positive way. As is our mission, the NCWA is committed to providing these opportunities for thousands of women in the future who may not otherwise have the opportunity to wrestle on the college level.