COMMENTS ON THE RULES
items a competitor may wear/use as it makes the rule easier to use and assists in compliance. The change also
prohibits the use of adhesives, such as sprays, as they become slick when wet
and can interfere with performance of others.
thru 3 More clearly defines what is considered
unsporting conduct, with a resulting
8-3-8b penalty of no further participation up to
ejection from the competition area, and what actions are considered
unacceptable conduct with a resulting penalty of disqualification from that
event. Delineates in Rule 8-3-8b when a relay lead-off time shall not be
eligible for use as a qualification time or record. Spectators are also
separated from athletes and coaches when dealing with unsporting/unacceptable
NOTE It is inappropriate to use a pistol of any
kind at a school swimming meet. Alternative sounding devices are readily
risk minimization, swimmers should not step off the starting platform unnecessarily once stepped up,
especially with the track-style starting platforms. Referees and starters should direct
swimmers to step down only when unusual circumstances occur.
8-2-1e Specifies in the backstroke event, the swimmer shall
remain on or above the water surface on the finish. This can
be accomplished with any body part and prevents premature submersion by a
swimmer that could create an advantage.
risk minimization and fairness to competitors for warm-up after a break, divers are permitted at least two
practice approaches, with or without water entry, prior to diving competition.
9-2-2 As an OPTION, the finalists in
the diving event in championship meets may be seeded by their semifinal score (lowest to highest) prior to the final
three dives, and dive in that relative order for the finals. The method will
add excitement to the meet and give a benefit to the highest-scoring semifinalist,
by performing last.
9-7-2 The dives listed on
the NFHS diving table are consistent with NCAA, USA Diving and FINA in regard to the degrees of difficulty. There are no technical
reasons for the scoring scale to be different.