7Uniforms Rule 3-3-2 PENALTIES Clarifies the penalties for a swimmer/diver wearing illegal attire, such as a cap issue, from the penalties for wearing a suit of illegal constructionWhen an official discovers a competitor wearing illegal attire as described in Article 2, the official shall:When observed before the start of the heat/dive notify competitor to make uniform legalIf can’t be done without delaying the start the competitor is disqualified from heat/round until legalClearly states the penalty for the wearing illegal attire.This is a different penalty than for a suit that is illegal due to construction.
8Uniforms Rule 3-3-2 PENALTIES When observed after start of heat/dive the competitor is disqualified at completion of the heat/divePerformance results nullified and competitor is not eligible until in legal attireIf the swimmer or diver is observed in illegal attire prior to the start of the heat/dive the competitor can’t participate until in legal attire.If this could be done without delaying the competition the competitor could then participate.If the illegal attire is observed on the swimmer/diver after the start of the heat/dive the competition continues and at the completion of the heat/dive it is necessary to disqualify the offending athlete and the performance results nullified.
9Uniforms – Use of Tape Rule 3-3-4 Tape is permitted to treat a documented medical conditionAt no time can use of tape cause a competitor to have advantage over remainder of fieldSigned documentation from appropriate health-care professional shall be presented to referee prior to competitionThe rule establishes a procedure to follow at the local level to address when and how a competitor may use tape to treat a documented medical condition.The state association will determine which positions qualify as an appropriate health-care professional.Once this is done the state association has no other responsibility for the individual student.This procedure eliminates the potential for abuse of using tape for reasons other than for medical conditions.
10Uniforms – Use of Tape Rule 3-3-4 Situation: A swimmer from Team A cuts his/her foot needing to be treated and taped to allow for further competition in the meet. The swimmer is treated by (a) host school medical personnel or (b) Team A’s medical personnel. The meet referee accepts the treatment and allows the athlete to continue in competition.Ruling: Correct procedure providing treatment is from appropriate health-care provider onsite.There are times when an injury will occur onsite.In such cases either the host school medical personnel or the school’s own medical personnel shall provide the necessary medical care which may result in the need for the use of tape.
11Form of Individual Events Rule 8-2-1f In the backstroke turn, it is legal for initiation of the turn to be accomplished by an upward or downward, underwater movement of the head if the arm(s) pull is absentA swimmer may lift the head to begin the rotation necessary to begin a flip turn.The addition of the word “upward” provides clarification for legality of the turn and will avoid unwarranted disqualifications.
12Form of Individual Events Rule 8-2-2c After the initiation of the arm stroke, and before the breaststroke kick a single butterfly kick is permittedThere continue to be questions as to when such arm stroke is initiated.
13Form of Individual Events Rule 8-2-2c In the breaststroke, on the start or turn, the initiation of the arm stroke for the underwater pull shall be accomplished by a discernible horizontal separation of the handsThe initiation of the arm stroke is more clearly defined by the “discernible horizontal separation of the hands.”This will assist in greater consistency while judging the beginning of the breaststroke arm pull.
14Form of Individual Events Rule 8-2-2c The initiation of such arm stroke shall be accomplished by a discernible horizontal separation of the handsStreamline positionIf the swimmer starts with his/her hands in this position there must be a separation of the hands that can be viewed by the official.
15Form of Individual Events Rule 8-2-2c The initiation of such arm stroke shall be accomplished by a discernible horizontal separation of the handsDiscernible horizontal separationHere the official would be able to view that the swimmer has separated the hands in the horizontal plane, thus initiating the arm pull.
16Major Editorial Changes Swimming and DivingMajor Editorial Changes
17Uniforms 3-3-3c Editorial EC ChangeIn regard to swim suit construction, suits with a FINA mark and or individual bar code shall be legal for NFHS competitionThe inclusion of this statement in 3-3-3c assists in more efficiently identifying the process of determining a legal suit by stating that suits with the FINA mark are legal for swimming competition.
18Suggested Protocol for Electronic Relay Judging Equipment (ERJ) Appendix B EditorialChangeNon-championship meets at least two relay takeoff judgesChampionship meets at least four relay takeoff judgesRelay takeoff judge responsible to observe exchange in four or fewer lanesThe protocol calls for the use of the human takeoff judge along with the electronic system to confirm a relay exchange violation.
19Suggested Protocol for Electronic Relay Judging Equipment (ERJ) Appendix B EditorialChangeAlleged rules infraction observed by a takeoff judge immediately recorded in writingEach relay takeoff judge observing alleged violation waits until last competitor of heat is in water and then signals observed violationRaises hand overhead with open palmThe changes made in the protocol conform with the high school philosophy of officiating and take advantage of technology.
21Shaving Onsite Prohibited Rule 3-5-7 Shaving onsite is prohibitedSports HygieneConcern spreading of communicable diseasesSharing of razorsCuts and bleeding with failure to follow the appropriate procedures to clean affected areaCoaches must take initiative to educate athletes of the rule and enforce at practice and at all competitionsProper sports hygiene in swimming and diving includes that the athletes do not shave onsite, share razors and always take appropriate measures if there is a cut or open wound.The coaching staff should be diligent in their efforts to teach, expect and enforce good sports hygiene with all athletes.This includes at practice and competition.To avoid an unnecessary penalty, coaches should emphasize to the athletes that shaving onsite is prohibited.
22Suits with FINA Barcode Suits displaying FINA mark/barcode meet or exceed all NFHS construction and design requirements in Rule 3-3-3FINA mark is not required but when observed by officials they will know suit meets construction requirements unless alteredSuits approved by FINA at any time during the year are eligible for use in high school competition and do not have to be approved by beginning of school year
23Relay Team Attire may be Adjusted to Become Legal Should relay team member two, three or four be in violation of uniform and/or jewelry rule(s) the meet officials may:Let the swimmer who has not swum be aware of the violation and he/she can make adjustment to become legalMust do so before entering water and without delaying the meetShould a meet official notice that a member of the relay team is in violation of the rule in regard to attire or even jewelry the official may use preventive officiating and remind the swimmer he/she could correct the violation before entering the water and be legal.For example, a cap that has a club logo rather than school logo could be removed or quickly turned wrong side out.
24Relay Team Attire may be Adjusted to Become Legal Preventive officiating can many times allow a competitor to make adjustments in attire to become legal without delaying the competitionUltimate responsibility for being in legal attire remains with the coach and individual athleteThe swimmer(s) could make this correction on attire with no input from an official as well.The meet officials must use good judgment and not interfere with the swimmers and the progress of the race.
25Scoring – Triangular Meets Rule 7-1-2f f. triangular meets with two or more entries per team per event: scoring shall follow 7-1-3a and 7-1-3b; only two relay entries per team shall be scored.Just a reminder for the scoring of triangular meets that Rules 7-1-3a and 7-1-3b apply.
26Scoring – Triangular Meets Rule 7-1-3b ART In championship and other multiple team meet scoring, includingtriangular meets, points are awarded for places as follows:a. Individual EventsPlaces 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th 7th 8th 9th 10th 11th 12th 13th 14th 15th 16th 17th18th19th20thb. For all relays, double the individual points possible for that place.
27Starts and Finishes Rules 2-7-8, 8-1-7 In the finishing of races a swimmer must touch the pad or end wall between the lane lines where touch pad should be locatedTouch pads need to be in the proper positionRule 2-7-8Pads for automatic timing shall be centered in the lanesRecommend that the touch pads cover the entire width of the lane
28Starts and Finishes – Backstroke Rules 8-1-7, 8-2-1g Backstroke FinishesSwimmer must touch the pad or the finish end by any part of the bodyIf swimmer misses the wall by going over the top of the gutter it is not a completed finish
29Timing – Pad Malfunction Rules 4-8-3, 6-3-4, 8-1-7 What is a pad malfunction?Could be considered if the following occurs:Time difference between the pad time and the back up time of more than 0.3 seconds (plus or minus)An observed soft touch by the head timer or timing system operatorPad misplaced or not properly located on the wallThere is more than one way a pad malfunction could be considered to possibly occur.
30Starts and Finishes Rule 8-1-7 What constitutes a pad surface?The entire pad is liveFront surface of the padThe top of the padThe wall surface between the lanes if the pad does not extend to cover the entire wall between lane linesIt is important to have a good understanding of the pad surface.
31Unsportsmanlike Conduct Any action(s) that warrants a coach(es) ejection will subject the coach(es) to a minimum next game suspension and the school to a minimum fine of $100.Ejections that subject a player to a next game suspension will result in a minimum of suspension of two (2) games for all sports except football and lacrosse. (i.e. flagrant fouls, malicious contact, spiting, biting, fighting, disrespectfully addressing officials, profanity)
32Creating a Safe and Respectful Environment Strength and Conditioning SportsmanshipCreating a Safe and Respectful EnvironmentAddresses hazing, bullying and cyber bullying, inappropriate relationships and social mediaStrength and ConditioningContent from NSCA, designed to educate coaches to how to properly train studentsA Guide to Acclimitization and Heat Illness PreventionAvailable now atThe NFHS has recently launched three new courses. Take a few minutes and visit nfhslearn.com for a complete listing of all available courses, including our free course “A Guide to Acclimitization and Heat Illness Prevention.”FREE!
33NFHSlearn.com also offers an excellent online video free of charge that covers the role of the Parent in Sports.33