2-7-2b The change permits the use of the new
design of the track-style starting platform with the wedge to
be used. If this style block is
available the rules do not require the swimmer to place his/her foot on the
wedge. The change is allowing schools to
keep up with newer equipment.
Penalties With the elimination of the high-tech
suits, which created a competitive advantage, it is no longer
necessary to require the field to “step down” for the wearing of an illegal
suit, and is appropriate to now simply disqualify at the completion of the
heat. The protocol to administer the
penalty is now in line with other penalties for disqualifications that take
place once the heat has started.
3-5 Technology advancements in the area of
electronic audio and video devices have made such
items easy to use and very accessible. Their use, if not used during the actual
competition when a competitor is in the pool or on the board, no longer creates
an advantage or disadvantage among competitors or teams. The contest officials
should be responsible for what takes place in the competition venue, and not
monitoring who is using an electronic device in various locations in the
facility or on the bench area, which is difficult, at best, to identify. The location of the use of such items cannot
interfere with the administration of the meet as determined by the meet
8-2-2 Permitting a single butterfly kick
following the start or turn at any time prior to the breaststroke
kick is more appropriate for the high school swimmer, and will allow greater
consistency in officiating the stroke.
This change in the rule will eliminate many of the problems and
inconsistencies as to when the arm stroke is actually initiated both for
clarity with the swimmer and the officials.
how long the diver must maintain the straight-body position for the flying one and one half somersault
dives, and the awarding of points when the position is not held. Previously, the duration for holding the
straight-body positions was not clearly identified within the rules.