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
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.