BY USA WRESTLING STATE SERVICES | SEPT. 01, 2018, 2:41 P.M. (ET)
Memberships for the 2018-19 season, which runs from September 1, 2018 – August 31, 2019, are now available at www.usawmembership.com.
USA Wrestling just wrapped up its most successful membership season ever, as it set a record for number of athlete (202,009) and coach members (33,086), as well as overall members (237,562), breaking the record set in 2015-16 (232,995).
New for 2018-19 is the Wrestling Leader membership, which is for those individuals who wish to coach and/or officiate in USA Wrestling chartered clubs and sanctioned events. This means that USA Wrestling will no longer have specific memberships for coaches and officials, as the new joint membership will allow for a member to do both if desired.
Another change for the 2018-19 membership season is that USA Wrestling has partnered with a new background screening provider, the National Center for Safety Initiatives (NCSI). Along with being the background screening provider for USA Wrestling, NCSI performs the same services for the US Olympic Committee and many other National Governing Bodies. For more information about NCSI, please visit NCSI’s website.
In an effort to increase member satisfaction, USA Wrestling’s membership system now has a built-in chat function for users. The chat is currently staffed during USA Wrestling business hours (8:00 AM – 5:00 PM Mountain Time), but plans are in place to increase staffing of this outside of business hours. When the chat system is not being staffed, users are able to leave a message that is promptly answered by USA Wrestling staff members.
Although added during the 2017-18 membership season, many repeat users will now see that they are able to add pictures to profile(s) that print on their membership card. This function allows for a more personal membership card that members can print at home, and also stands to alleviate the need to show both a membership card and photo ID at USA Wrestling events.
A new policy for USA Wrestling sanctioned events is that all individuals coaching must be Wrestling Leader members. In addition to this, all individuals coaching at sanctioned events must be one of the following: (1) Wrestling Leader member, (2) Event Volunteer member, or (3) if 18 years of age and younger, an athlete member of USA Wrestling.