2015-16 Membership Information

General Information

Become a member of the IKWF and USA Wrestling

Membership in the IKWF and USA Wrestling provides many benefits including:

As members of the IKWF and USA Wrestling, insurance coverage is of the upmost importance. Click the headers below for detailed information to charter your club or to become a member as a competitor, coach, or official.

Insurance Information

Please review the documents below for detailed information concerning insurance coverages.

Membership Dues

Note: All membership is valid September 1, 2015 through August 31, 2016 (charters and membership cards).

  1. Club Charter - $160 ($165 if purchased using USAW's membership system)
  2. Additional Insured - $20 per site ($25 if purchased using USAW's membership system)
  3. Event Sanction - $120 ($125 if purchased using USAW's membership system)
  4. Competitor Membership - $40 ($45 if purchased using USAW's membership system)
  5. Coach Membership - $35 ($39.75 if purchased using USAW's membership system)
    (coaches and officials are responsible to pay $15 for their background screening.)
  6. Mat Official Membership - $25 ($29.75 if purchased using USAW's membership system)

All dues must be paid to the IKWF. Make checks payable to IKWF and mail to the address on the Contact page.

Online Registration

USA Wrestling offers online registration through www.usawmembership.com.

  • All USA Wrestling members since 2007 have been issued a USAW ID and password.
  • If you don't have or lost this information, contact the IKWF office for assistance. We can provide you with your USAW ID and password.
  • If you create a duplicate account at www.usawmembership.com, it will be deleted and merged with your existing account. Please contact the IKWF office for assistance.
  • The IKWF office staff will help you navigate their membership system.

Charter your Club

Chartering your Club with the IKWF requires the completion of, in most cases, 3 forms:

Sanction your event

Sanctioning your event enables our wrestlers to compete and learn from the skills taught to them at IKWF club practices. Most tournaments are used as club fundraisers but this does not negate the responsibilities of the tournament director and the tournament host club from providing a safe and enjoyable environment for all wrestlers, coaches, officials, and spectators. Complete the forms below and submit to the IKWF.

  • Event Sanction Application ($120)
  • Tournament directors and the tournament host club are responsible for ensuring:
    All wrestlers have a current USA Wrestling competitor card and have been age verified by the IKWF office.
    Important: All coaches must have a current USA Wrestling coaches card and it must be displayed between their neck and waist while coaching at the event. Failure to follow this requirement will result in disciplinary actions taken against the tournament director and the tournament host club.
    All officials must have a current United States Wrestling Officials Officials membership card.

    Your event will be listed on the IKWF and USA Wrestling's "Events" pages.

    You can also provide the IKWF with an event flyer to be included with the basic event information listed on these website. Please email the flyer or the link from your club website to ikwf@ikwf.org.

  • Additional Insured Application (Optional - no fee when included with Event Sanction)
  • Although it is not required, the IKWF highly recommends you complete the Additional Insured Application so your club will receive a "date-specific" insurance certificate for your event.
    The "Name of the Party Making Application" is you.
    The "Name of Certificate Holder" is the owner/operator, school district, or company who either owns or manages your practice facility. If you practice at a school it is better to list the school district rather than the school name.

Coach Membership

All coaches must hold a valid USA Wrestling coaches membership card.

Please Note: Any individual UNDER 18 years old IS NOT required to pass a background screening.
  • USA Wrestling Background Screening Policy
  • Prior to issuance of a coaches membership card, individuals are required to pass a background screening EVERY OTHER SEASON. Please review the document above to understand the minimum requirements needed to pass the background screening. If you have any questions you should contact the Director of State Services for USA Wrestling at (719) 598-8181.
  • Coach's Release and Waiver of Liability
  • Any coach who passed the background screening during the 2014-15 season IS NOT required to pass a background screening for the 2015-16 season. Download the above release and waiver of liability, complete it, and mail to the IKWF office with a $35 check for payment of membership fees.
    The above form should be used for any coach UNDER 18 years old, complete the form and send to the office with an $35 check for payment of the coach membership fee. A parent or guardian must sign the form for the coach who is under 18 years old.
  • Returning Coach Instructions ($35)
  • The above instructions should be used by individuals who a) HAVE been issued a USAW membership card (competitor, coach, or official) since 2007 and b) DID NOT pass a background screening during the 2014-15 season (September 1, 2014 through August 31, 2015).
  • New Coach Instructions ($35)
  • The above instructions should be used by individuals who a) HAVE NOT been issued a USAW membership card (competitor, coach, or official) since 2007 or b) HAVE NEVER passed USA Wrestling's background screening (i.e. new coaches to the IKWF and USA Wrestling).

Competitor Membership

All wrestlers must hold a valid USA Wrestling competitor membership card.

Please Note: If a competitor card is purchased for pre-season training purposes, the competitor has until November 28th to declare their club for the IKWF season.

Official's Membership

All officials must hold a valid USA Wrestling officials membership card.

Please Note: Any individual UNDER 18 years old IS NOT required to pass a background screening.
  • USA Wrestling Background Screening Policy
  • Prior to issuance of a official's membership card, individuals are required to pass a background screening EVERY OTHER season. Please review The document above to understand the minimum requirements needed to pass the background screening. If you have any questions you should contact the Director of State Services for USA Wrestling at (719) 598-8181.
  • Officials Release and Waiver of Liability
  • Any official who passed the background screening during the 2014-15 season IS NOT required to pass a background screening for the 2015-16 season. Download the above release and waiver of liability, complete it, and mail to the IKWF office with a $25 check for payment of membership fees.
  • Returning Official Instructions ($25)
  • The above instructions should be used by individuals who a) HAVE been issued a USAW membership card (competitor, coach, or official) since 2007 or b) DID NOT pass a background screening during the 2014-15 season (September 1st through August 31st).
  • New Officials Instructions ($25)
  • The above instructions should be used by individuals who a) HAVE NOT been issued a USAW membership card (competitor, coach, or official) since 2007 and b) HAVE NEVER passed USA Wrestling's background screening (i.e. new officials to the IKWF and USA Wrestling).

Coach's Certification

All IKWF coaches must have one of the following certifications to coach in the IKWF State Series:

  • National Coaches Education Program (NCEP)
  • Copper, Bronze, Silver, or Gold certified
  • Ways to get certified:
  • Look for NCEP clinics listed on this website. Clinics will be listed when they are scheduled.
    Go to USA Wrestling's NCEP Certification webpage to view the various certification levels and fees.
    Click here for the online NCEP Copper Certification course.
    Click here for the online NCEP Bronze Certification course.
    Click here for USAW's Bronze level coach's course materials (FOR REVIEW ONLY).

    Please Note: Coaches must have their USAW ID not their USA Wrestling card number to sign up for the online courses.