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Title: 2009-10 Swimming and Diving

2009-10 Swimming and Diving
  • Rules Changes
  • Major Editorial Changes
  • Points of Emphasis

Posting of ScoresRule 2-7-9
  • It is recommended that the score be posted and/or
    announced throughout the meet
  • At many dual meet locations, there is no
    announcer or available PA system
  • If not posted, it is important for coaches to
    have easy access to this information at the
    scorers table

Competition SuitsRule 3-3-1
  • Suits shall be of one piece
  • A competitor shall not be permitted to
    participate wearing a suit that is not of decent
  • One piece suit - legal Two piece suit -

Competition SuitsRule 3-3-2
  • New ART. 2Suits worn by swimmers shall be
    limited to the following requirements
  • a. only one swimsuit during competition.  (A
    swimmer with special needs may
  • request customization through his/her
    school to the state association.)
  • b. the swimsuit shall be
  • 1. constructed of a woven/knit textile
  •      2. permeable (100 percent to air and
  •      3. made so as not to aid in buoyancy
    and shall not be altered to aid in buoyancy
  •      4. made with no zippers or other
    fastening system other than a waist tie for a
  • or  jammer and elastic material
    within the casing/ribbing in the terminal ends
  • leg openings, and waist openings)
  •      5. constructed so that the
    style/shape of the suit for males shall not
    extend above the
  • waist nor below the top of the
    kneecap and for females shall not extend beyond
  • shoulders nor below the top of the
    kneecap, nor cover the neck.

Competition SuitsRule 3-3-2
  • Penalty (For ART. 2) When an official discovers
    a competitor wearing an illegal swimsuit by the
  • wearing of two suits or a suit which is of an
    illegal construction, the official shall
  •      1. when reporting prior to the start of the
    heat, notify the competitor to make legal the
  • swimsuit before becoming eligible to
    compete. If the competitor cannot comply without
  • delaying the start of the heat, the
    competitor is disqualified from that event and
    shall not
  • be eligible for further competition
    until in a legal swimsuit.
  •      2.  when the competitor has stepped up on
    the starting platform but prior to the starting
  • device being activated, direct the
    competitor to Step down, disqualify the
  • from that event and he/she shall not
    be eligible for further competition until in a
  • swimsuit
  •      3.  when the starting device has been
    activated, disqualify the competitor at the
  • of the heat nullify the competitors
    performance time and he/she shall not be eligible
  • further competition until in a legal

Competition SuitsRule 3-3-2
  • Interpretation
  • one suit during competition
  • suit adheres to style and shape specified by
  • officials shall not serve as suit inspectors
  • questionable suits should be reported to IHSAA

Officials UniformRule 4-1-5
  • It is recommended that officials dress uniformly
    in white attire or such other attire that is
    approved by the state association

Sounding DeviceRule 4-3-1b New Note
  • NOTE The sounding device shall not be a pistol
    capable of discharging live ammunition

Sounding DeviceRule 4-3-1b New Note
  • Sounding Device Live Firearm
  • Closed Barrel Open Barrel Pistol

Backstroke StartRule 8-1-2
  • Prior to the command Take your mark and until
    the feet leave the wall following the starting
    signal, the swimmers feet, including the toes,
    shall not be above or curling over the lip of the
    gutter or pool edge. Standing in or on the
    gutter, placing the toes above the lip of the
    gutter, or bending the toes over the lip of the
    gutter, before or after the start, is prohibited.

Backstroke StartRule 8-1-2
Toes under water
Backstroke StartRule 8-1-2
Toes out of water
Backstroke StartRule 8-1-2
Toes curled on top of gutter
Finishing the RaceRule 8-1-7
  • To finish the race, the swimmer shall contact the
    finish end in the manner prescribed. When
    automatic timing/judging equipment is used, the
    swimmer must contact the touch pad or end wall
    between the lane lines where the touch pad should
    be located, when in the proper position.

Finishing the RaceRule 8-1-7
Pad in proper position
Pad moved out of proper position
In-Water StartsRule 8-3-5 Note
  • For in-water starts, the second, third and fourth
    swimmers need only maintain contact with the end
    wall with a foot until the previous swimmer has

Relay Lead-off Swimmer Official TimeRule 8-3 New
  • The lead-off swimmer on a relay may be credited
    with an official
  • time for his/her relay leg provided all
    requirements of the start,
  • stroke and finish are legal.
  • a. A lead-off time remains valid if the relay
    team is disqualified due to a violation (other
    than conduct) by one of the subsequent relay
  • b. A lead-off time shall be nullified should
    the relay team be disqualified for Conduct, under
    Rule 3-5.
  • Stroke Violation Disqualification Lead-off time
    will stand
  • Starting Violation Disqualification Lead-off
    time will stand
  • Conduct Violation (Rule 3-5) Lead-off time will
    be nullified

Points of Emphasis Compliance with Entry Rules
Using Electronic Entry
  • Use of electronic software for entries and meet
    management is popular and efficient.
  • Merging electronic entries with NFHS rules may
    create a few administrative issues.
  • The state association, or meet management, should
    communicate with participating schools on how
    entries shall be submitted within the spirit of
    the rules.
  • Use of electronic meet management software does
    not change rules for coaches being able to change
    entries even though they may have been submitted

IHSAA Information
  • Important Dates 2009-10
  • Girls Tournament Series
  • Sectionals February 4, February 6, 2010
  • Diving Regionals February 9, 2010
  • State February 12-13, 2010
  • Boys Tournament Series
  • Sectionals February 18, 20, 2010
  • Diving Regionals February 23, 2010
  • State February 26-27, 2010

IHSAA Information
  • Season
  • 1. Exhibition swimmers and/or divers are not
  • 2. Swimmers and/or divers below 9th grade are not
    permitted to swim in a high school contest.
  • 3. Number of Competitions - The maximum number of
    meets one can participate in is 18. An athlete
    is a participant in a meet if they enter one
    event, regardless of whether that event is a
    swimming or diving event.
  • Tournament
  • 1. A school may enter four (4) or less
    contestants in each event but only three (3) or
    less may participate.
  • 2. A school may enter one team in each relay, and
    list eight individuals on the sectional entry

IHSAA Information
  • Tournament (cont.)
  • Sectional entry list Maximum Entries
  • a. A contestant may be entered in three
    relays and one individual event or
  • b. A contestant may be entered in three
  • relays and two individual events
  • c. Sectional, regional and state meet
  • competitions are considered as one event.

IHSAA Information
  • IHSAA By-Law 15-1.1d
  • A few of our member schools have an individual
    student athlete who wishes to participate in
    swimming and diving. Rule 15-1.1d addresses the
    procedures must be adhered to in these instances.

IHSAA Information
  • NFHS Rule 4-1-1
  • The meet committee shall make decisions on
    matters not specifically covered by the rules or
    on the misapplication of a rule during a meet.
    Judgement calls are not subject to review by this
    (meet) committee. The decision of the meet
    committee is final.
  • Indiana Modification The referees decision is
    final in all meet committee discussions. The
    meet committee shall serve in an advisory
    capacity, and function only if the
    referee-starter wishes to consult with it. All
    final decisions rest with the referee-starter.

IHSAA Information
  • Starters Protocol
  • Indiana officials will continue to utilize
    Verbal Preparatory Commands as the starting
    protocol. Guidelines for the starting procedure
    are listed in the 2009-10 NFHS Swimming and
    Diving Rule Book on page 74.

IHSAA Information
  • No Recall Starting Protocol
  • Two Officials Dual Confirmation Of The False
  • The starter SHALL-
  • a. Upon observing a false start, record in
    writing the lane or lanes that have committed a
    false start.
  • b. Compare written records with the assistant
    starter and, upon confirming that both have
    observed the same violation, will disqualify the
    swimmer(s). He/she will also notify the
    swimmer(s) and/or coach(es) of the violation.
  • The assistant starter SHALL-
  • a. Upon observing a false start, record in
    writing the lane or lanes that have committed a
    false start.
  • b. Compare written records with the starter to
    confirm/not confirm the potential violation(s).
  • One Official
  • The starter SHALL -
  • a. Upon observing a false start, raise one hand
    with open palm as soon as possible after the
    start, but before the swimmers have completed
    their first length, indicating the violation.
  • b. In writing, record the lane or lanes that
    have committed a false start. This should also
    occur prior to the completion of the first
  • c. DO NOT discuss this observance with anyone
    until the race has been completed.
  • At the completion of the race, he/she shall
    notify the swimmer(s) and/or coach(es) of the

IHSAA Information
  • Officials Uniform
  • During the regular season, officials are
    required to wear white slacks or shorts, a white
    polo shirt with IHSAA insignia and white tennis
  • The 2009-10 IHSAA officials patch must be
    displayed on the left shoulder sleeve.

IHSAA Information
  • Tournament Application
  • Officials who worked the tournament series the
    previous year will automatically receive a
    tournament application.
  • Officials who did not work the tournament series
    the previous year may download the application
    from the officials page on the IHSAA web site
  • All applications must be submitted to the IHSAA
    Office by December 20, 2009.

IHSAA Information
  • NFHS Test
  • 1. Officials will be notified of the on-line
    test via Arbiter. The email will include testing
  • The NFHS Test will be used for certification and
    for tournament application.

IHSAA Information
  • Officials Ratings
  • Athletic Directors will receive ratings form via
    email on approximately January 8, 2010.
  • Coaches must complete the form and return to
    athletic director.
  • Process will help identify swimming and diving
    officials for the IHSAA Tournament Series.

Final Step!
  • One last step On the next slide, you will need
    to complete the final quiz. After completing this
    quiz, make sure you click on the Finish button at
    the bottom of the page that shows your score. You
    should then get a confirmation page and a
    confirming e-mail. If this does not happen,
    contact Ed Sullivan at esullivan_at_ihsaa.org

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