MMWA Novice Rule


Definition of a Novice Wrestler
Only for MMWA League

 

 

A wrestler competing in the MMWA league hosted tournaments is no longer considered a Novice if any ONE of the following criteria is met.  Time frame/season is not a factor, only medaling for MMWA.  All wrestlers start out in the Novice Division, even if they have competed in other leagues.  Once a wrestler medals out of the MMWA Novice Division, they remain in the Open Division for the remainder of their career for MMWA.  Other leagues have different bylaws.  Below is a explanation of medaling out of the Novice Division:


Wrestler receives 1 first place award in an Open Division Tournament with 3 or more competitors on the chart/bracket. 
      Does the wrestler need to have 4 more medals, or does the 1st automatically move the wrestler up?
      Automatically bumps the wrestler into Open Division, regardless of the medal count
 Wrestler receives 2 second place awards in an Open Division Tournament with 3 or more competitors on the chart/bracket. 
      Does the wrestler need to have 3 more medals, or do the two seconds automatically move the wrestler up?
      Automatically bumps the wrestler into Open Division, regardless of the medal count
 Wrestler receives 2 first place awards in a Novice Division Tournament with 3 or more competitors on the chart/bracket. 
      Does the wrestler need to have 3 more medals, or do the two firsts automatically move the wrestler up?
      Automatically bumps the wrestler into Open Division, regardless of the medal count
 A total of 5 awards. 
      Possible combinations for 5 total medals

  • one 1st place in Novice, four 2nd places in Novice
  • one 1st place in Novice, three 2nd places in Novice, one 3rd place in Open
  • one 1st place in Novice, two 2nd places in Novice, two 3rd places in Open
  • one 1st place in Novice, one 2nd place in Novice, three 3rd places in Open
  • one 1st place in Novice, two 2nd places in Novice, one 2nd place in Open, one 3rd in Open
  • one 1st place in Novice, one 2nd place in Novice, one 2nd place in Open, two 3rd places in Open
  • one 2nd place in Open, four 3rd places in Open
  • one 2nd place in Open, three 3rd places in Open, one 1st or 2nd place in Novice 
  • five 3rd places in Open

 3rd place awards: 
      3rd place awards do NOT count toward the 5 award count if obtained in a Novice Division Tournament. 
      3rd place counts if there are 4 or more competitors on the chart/bracket and obtained in an Open Division Tournament.  A
          wrestler moves into the Open Division when the 3rd Place from an Open Division Tournament is in combination with other
          qualifying medals creating a total of 5 medals. See combinations listed above.
 Coach's discretion (If the coach feels a wrestler is to advanced to wrestle at a Novice Division Tournament regardless of their medal count, the wrestler will be moved into the Open Division.)
      Has the club ever had to move a child into the Open Division based on the coach's discretion?  Yes

The award count carries over to the next year or years.


All tournament accolades are recorded and kept on file through Trackwrestling for a competitors entire wrestling career.  USA Wrestling and MMWA oversee the records and notify the LOYWC when a competitor has medalded out of Novice and will automatically palce them into Open events if not done so by the club during the time of tournament registrations.  The LOYWC, also, keeps track of accolades for club members.

If a Open Division wrestler tries to compete or competes in a Novice Division trounament, the individual will be stripped of his/her medal, and will be disqualified from competing in the MMWA championship tournaments (Regionals, Non-Qualifier, and State Finals) for the season.  If the offence is repeated the league will take action to ban the wrestler for the league.  The club the wrestler belongs to will be warned and then penalized financially for repeated offences.  

Updated August 2018