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NFHS Swimming and Diving Points of Emphasis 2014-15


Touch Pads – It is recommended that touch pads cover the finish end of each pool lane. (Rule 8-1-7)  There are circumstances where a pool has 7-foot wide lanes, but the touch pads are 5 feet wide. Officials and timers shall recognize that if a swimmer touches the end wall within the recommended area that should be covered by the pad, this is a legal finish.

Conduct – Unsporting conduct includes, but is not limited to making insulting or derogatory remarks, gestures, or acts including taunting, trying to influence, showing disgust, or interfering with an official. Team personnel shall be disqualified from further competition including events in which previously qualified for unsporting conduct.

Unacceptable conduct includes, but is not limited to the use of profanity whether or not it is directed at another person, any action which could discredit the individual or his/her high school. Team personnel shall be disqualified from that event.

The meet referee always retains the authority under Rule 3-6-1 to disqualify a competitor for any act he/she deems as unsporting conduct.

Reporting for events in championships meets – It is the competitor’s responsibility to compete in each and every race or round he/she is entered. The coach has the responsibility to make sure the athletes on his/her team report as required and this should be communicated clearly with his/her athletes at the meet, as well as at the start of the season for athlete accountability. If, for some reason, an athlete is not going to compete in a scheduled event in which entered, the coach must notify the referee of a declared false start prior to the start of the event to avoid disqualification of the athlete. The declared false start promotes participation as another athlete has the opportunity to move up in finals, preserves the integrity of a championship meet and allows an athlete to drop out of an event with no further penalty.

Diving Points Scale – The NFHS diving points scale has changed. The following descriptions have scoring changes: excellent (10), very good (8.5 to 9.5), good (7 to 8), satisfactory (5 to 6.5), deficient (2.5 to 4.5), unsatisfactory (.5 to 2) and failed (0). Judges may award points in the range of points based on his/her opinion unless instructed otherwise by the diving referee under the rules. The point scale and the degrees of difficulty of all dives listed on the NFHS diving table are now the same as other rules codes. This consistency in scoring will minimize confusion for the divers and judges.




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