Rationale: High school athletes should not be changing into or out of swimsuits except in designated changing areas.
Rationale: Research indicates that the current practice of calculating the average difference between the automatic and backup timing systems, and adjusting the backup time in the malfunctioning lane(s) does not improve the accuracy of the final time. Utilizing backup times without adjustment results in a final time that is just as accurate and avoids an exercise which is both time-consuming and difficult to perform during a meet.
Rationale: This language clarifies the required body position during the final leg of the individual medley and the medley relay.
Rationale: The added dive is an intermediate step to performing more difficult dives listed on the diving table.
Rationale: This rule change adds clarity and consistency to the balk call, requiring a diver to actually commence, then stop the dive.
Rationale: The forward approach shall begin with not less than three steps and finish with a hurdle, defined as a jump off one foot to a landing on both feet at the end of the board. The diver should not be permitted to do an additional bounce prior to the take-off.
Rationale: The prohibition of jewelry is not necessary in swimming and diving. The wearing of jewelry ordinarily presents little risk of injury to either the competitor or opponents. Elimination of the rule allows officials to focus on meet administration directly related to competition. Coaches continue to have the obligation to see that competitors are properly equipped.
Rationale: Due to the many variations in the officials uniform, it is more practical that the state association determine the appropriate swimming and diving uniform for officials.
Rationale: During the 500-yard/400-meter freestyle event, the starter may have multiple tasks occurring at the same time. The starter may designate another individual to sound a device for the lead swimmer during the 500-yard/400-meter freestyle with two lengths plus 5 yards remaining to swim in the race.
Rationale: Clarifies the diving referee may be one of the judges on the panel or a separate official.
FINA has approved a change to the Breaststroke, allowing a dolphin kick after the start and each turn. This change is not approved for our league this year, and all coaches and swimmers are reminded that Breaststroke rules are the same as in previous years, with a dolphin kick after the start or a turn resulting in the swimmer's disqualification.
A swimmer missing his/her event during a dual meet is disqualified for this event, but not for the rest of the meet.
Swimmers are reminded that wearing any jewelry during a race will result in disqualification. Unlike previous years, referees will notify swimmers on the blocks if they notice such jewelry (but can still disqualify a swimmer after the race even if they don't notice the jewelry before the race).
Diving scores must be announced during the diving event.
Two failed dives by a diver will result in the disqualification of this diver.
No changes will be allowed to the heat sheet after the Wednesday 2 pm deadline, unless an appeal is formally made to the meet committee. "Deck pleas" will not be considered. Scratches on the morning of the meet will continue to be allowed.
In an effort to speed up the preliminaries session of the New England Championships, swimmers finishing their heat will be asked to stay in the water, while the next heat starts over them. This rule will not apply to the last heat of each event.
The modified rules for the individual medley (equal lengths of butterfly, backstroke, breaststroke, and a fourth stroke other than the three previously swum - usually freestyle) require that each stroke portion is completed in the same manner as it would be if the race was concluded at that point.
In other words, at the end of the butterfly and breaststroke segments, you must touch the wall with both hands simultaneously while still on your chest.
Backstroke requires that you touch the wall with one hand while still on your back.