Coaching Course

Poland Hosts Level 1 Referee and Coaches Course

By United World Wrestling Press

CETNIEWO, Poland (July 28) -- The long journey to open up wrestling activities is underway in Poland, with the recent delivery of a national coaches and referee course last week in Cetniewo.

The course, attended by 18 coaches and referees, was organized for the national freestyle and women wrestling coaches, and club the coaches in Cetniewo. The course was initiated and fully funded by the Poland Wrestling Federation and delivered in accordance with international standards.

"We are excited to see these courses being delivered in a responsible manner," said UWW Development Director Deqa Niamkey. "This is a good sign that we will soon be able to deliver more educational programming in appropriate locations."

The course was well received by the national referees and a similar course will be delivered later this year for regional level referees and coaches. The federation says it hopes the future programming will help promote education among referees and coaches; update knowledge of referees and coaches and to bring new perspectives into wrestling coaches at national level.

The coaches course focused on the proper management of athletes and included coaching skills like communication, planning, organization, training calendars, sport psychology, and a review of the UWW Code of Ethics.

Those who completed the course received certification from the Poland Wrestling Federation.

Wrestling Goes Green

By United World Wrestling Press

Once a staple of the referee’s table, bout sheets have gone digital.  

 CORSIER-SUR-VEVEY (October 21) – For years wrestling events were run on paper. Each tournament saw thousands of bout sheets printed and distributed to referees, who used them to verify scores and match outcomes. 

 That'll soon be a thing of the past. 

In a pre-digital world, the bout sheets (which are kept by the judge and signed by the mat chairman after each match) were once seen as a protection against corruption and poor behavior. But with all matches now filmed and results updated instantly on a worldwide database the need for paper bouts has expired, allowing for a fully digital touchpad system. The change will save more than 30,000 pieces of paper per year, equivalent to 46 pounds of carbon saved per year.  


Sustainability is key part of United World Wrestling’s strategy moving forward and eliminating paper waster brings the organization more in line with partners like the IOC, FISU, and Commonwealth Games Federation. It’s clear to all members of the worldwide sports community that sustainability must be a top priority when organizing events.

For United World Wrestling the project started a year ago but with the speed an importance of events it was proving difficult to implement with overburdened referees. With the last several months of stay-at-home orders and lack of tournaments, the digital system was distributed to the referees who have been able to train on the system for the upcoming competitions

The system will be utilized during the next Olympic cycle.