The Kaiserslautern Officials Association will hold its annual high school wrestling officials’ certification clinic in Landstuhl, Germany, on Nov. 20

according to Al Shaff, KOA’s wrestling commissioner.

The morning session will deal with rules, with the afternoon session devoted to mat demonstrations and practice matches.

All past KOA wrestling referees and anyone wishing to learn more about becoming a high school referee should contact Shaff by e-mail at, or by calling (+49) (0)6371-946084.

Prospective referees can also just show up at the clinic.

The clinic will begin at 9 a.m. and will be held at the Youth Sport Center in Building 3701 on Landstuhl Regional Medical Center casern. Other clinics may be added elsewhere in Germany and in the Benelux as interest picks up.

As a two-for-one bonus, referees attending the CYS wrestling clinic in Landstuhl the same day also can certify at the KOA clinic. The Youth Services wrestling season starts near the end of the high school season and continues after interscholastic wrestling finishes in February.

Clinicians will cover National High School Federation rules, which provides for national certification for all American high school matches as well as CYS youth wrestling programs in Germany.

However, those wishing to call CYS matches must take the full three-day clinic provided by Jason Cline at the Landstuhl Youth Sports Office on Nov. 18-20, not just the KOA clinic on Saturday, Shaff concluded.

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